February Program: Getting Creative
Author, professor, and international speaker Dr. Gerard Puccio presented “Creativity: An Essential 21st Century Workplace Skill” at our February program. After sharing the little-known fact that Buffalo was the birthplace of brainstorming,
Dr. Puccio provided a compelling argument for the importance of creativity in the workplace. To make his point, he guided participants through a model-building activity that demonstrated the critical role of leadership in workplace engagement. Groups with leaders who supported their creative efforts worked diligently to solve the challenge at hand. Groups with negative leaders found themselves unwilling to offer ideas or participate fully. In the end, the audience discovered a new appreciation for creativity as an applied discipline, as Dr. Puccio affirmed that everyone can be creative.
Check out Dr. Puccio in this recent The New York Times article.
January Program: The State of our Industry
Erin Murphy, our ASTD National Chapter Relations Manager traveled all the way from Washington, DC (in January, no less!) to present the newly released 2013 State of the Industry Report. This is ASTD's definitive review of workplace and learning trends, the result of what 475 organizations representing a diverse sample of industries, sizes, and locations have to say about their commitment to learning and development.
Erin's informative presentation was followed by a lively discussion about the implications of the data.
Click here for more photos for the January 2014 program. Click here for an infographic from the State of Our Industry Report. (This is in the Members Only section of the site.)
What do you get out of attending NFASTD programs?
This is my first year attending ASTD Niagara Frontier programs, and it has been a breath of fresh air. Not knowing what to expect when I get there, and then leaving equipped with tools to do better programming has been quite empowering for, and a confidence booster. I feel like I have grown, and at the same time increased my abilities and knowledge about professional development training. Thanks ASTD Niagara Frontier!
Ottilie M. Woodruff, M.S. Ed.
Professional Staff Development Director
Senior Academic Advisor/Student Financial Services
Educational Opportunity Program