• 01/15/2013 11:06 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    The aim of this six-month program is to match seasoned mentor image members who are ready, willing, and able to provide support and advice to chapter members, (mentees) who are:
    • Looking to develop or enhance a skill set
    • Willing to take action and break paradigms
    • In search of advice in a certain business discipline or area
    • Seeking professional development support
    All participants must be an ASTD-LA chapter member and in good standing throughout the entire cycle of the program.

    Application deadline is 2/25/2013. Click here for more information on becoming a mentor or mentee.
  • 01/15/2013 11:05 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Katrin Kaehler - Co Director Special Divisions
    Melissa Burns
    - Co Director Community Services
    Michele La Fleur
    -Director Marketing

    But ASTD-Los Angeles still Needs YOU! We still have the following openings on our 2013 Board of Director Leadership Team. If you are interested in making a difference and want more information, please contact Ellen Krause at
    • Director of Chapter Meetings
    • Director of Communications
    • Director of Membership
    • Co-Directors of Technology and Social Media
    • Co-Director of Learning
    • Co-Director of Special Divisions
  • 12/07/2012 11:18 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Roz (Rosalind) Teller, 66, passed away 8/31/2012 of lung cancer. Ms. Teller, CEO of Teller Associates, was highly regarded by nonprofit professionals whose community work was the focus of her consulting business. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Barlow Respiratory Hospital or Democractic Party of the San Fernando Valley.
  • 12/04/2012 11:57 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Ron Reifler died of cancer on September 12th in Los Angeles. At 86 he loved life, felt young, and hoped to do more. Born and raised in Chicago, Ron enlisted as a navigator in the Air Force in 1943-1945 then earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1948. He taught economics to graduate students at Claremont Men’s College in Southern California in the early 1950s and returned to Chicago as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton. In 1955 he the joined the Fantus Company, which specialized in industrial plant location studies for large corporations and governments; he became Senior Vice President and remained in that position until 1977. He was married to Carolyn Weist, the mother of his children, from 1956 to 1970. Ron contributed to the economic and social development of towns across the U.S. and Canada in the mid-1950s through mid-1970s. After leaving Fantus and until earlier this year he was President of Reifler Associates, an organizational behavioral consulting firm focused on teambuilding and improving human dynamics at workplaces. Partnering with Maria Rosa Escude, his loving wife of 29 years, he helped corporations, governments, and schools to develop more humane working and learning conditions.

    Ron served on the Board of Directors of Oasis, the Midwest Center for Human Potential, in the 1970s. Oasis House, located in Chicago, hosted workshops and seminars led by trailblazers of the human potential movement and had close connections with Esalen Institute at Big Sur, California. For many years he worked with leaders of the human potential movement in the Association for Humanistic Psychology and in Virginia Satir’s International Human Learning Resources Network (IHLRN), including serving on the Board of Directors of IHLRN. He also served on the Board of Directors of ASTD, American Society for Training and Development in Los Angeles and later on became President of the Association.

    In his final years, he was most proud of his influence on the lives of many children in the Self-Management for Kids Program ( With Maria he coauthored a series of books, The Adventures of Elly and Tigy, to accompany the program. Tall, thin, bearded, and a visionary champion of humanity, Ron dedicated his life to teaching and developing the lives of others. He was undaunted by battles with windmills along the way.

    He was predeceased by his parents, Gene and Harriet, and by his beloved younger brother, Cliff. He is survived by his wife, Maria, his children, Elizabeth and Doug, his sister, Audrey, his granddaughters, Katherine and Erin, and scores of loving family and friends. A celebration of his life is planned for January 2013 in Los Angeles.

  • 10/23/2012 1:30 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    A dynamic night filled with enthusiasm and inspiration towards nonprofit organizations. Michael Graff-Weisner and Adam Kogeman of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization providing resources and support to homeless and low-income individuals to find employment and gain a pathway to self-sufficiency, discussed the progression of their training program and five year strategic plan. Chrysalis’ training curriculum was developed and facilitated by volunteers with classes focusing on job preparation, computer and life skills and emphasizing adult learning with interactive exercises emphasizing student participation. Chrysalis has been currently expanding their facilities and continues its mission to find work for people at a time of high unemployment. For more information on Chrysalis, check out their website:

    Left to right: Sean Bloch, Michael Graff-Weisner,
    Jo Lynn Feinstein and Adam Kogeman

    Several of our Community Partners were in attendance and briefly spoke about their organizations which included EmpowHer Institute, LA Youth at Work, LA Fellows Program and Leadership Talent Solutions.

    Don’t miss our Holiday Giving Tree during our Holiday Party, where we’ll have a variety of volunteer opportunities from our Community Partners available for sign-up.

  • 10/11/2012 8:02 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    The following ASTD National certificate programs will be coming to our area. Click on the links below to see the details of each program.


    Training Certificate - October 23 - 25 - San Diego

    Blended Learning - November 12 - 13 - San Diego

    E-Learning Instructional Design - November 12 - 13 - El Segundo

    Project Management for Learning Professionals - November 12 - 13 - El Segundo

    To register directly for any of these courses:

    Click on the course link, and follow the instructions there. Be sure to use the ChIP code CH8028, when registering for these or any other products or courses from National ASTD.
  • 09/21/2012 1:43 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our Winner: Omagbitse Jagha!

    Here's your chance to win attendance at one of ASTD National's Certificate Courses, no bidding necessary. The following ASTD National certificate programs (values from $1395 to $1695) will be coming to our area. Click on the links below to see the details of each program.


    Training Certificate - October 23 - 25 - San Diego

    Blended Learning - November 12 - 13 - San Diego

    E-Learning Instructional Design - November 12 - 13 - El Segundo

    Project Management for Learning Professionals - November 12 - 13 - El Segundo

    ASTD-Los Angeles is holding an online raffle for it's members to win one of the above classes. The entry that is drawn will be awarded attendance at the class of their choice. You must be an ASTD-Los Angeles Chapter member in good standing at the time of raffle and at the time the course is attended to be eligible.

    If you'd like to be part of the raffle, here's how it works: 

    • The raffle opens on Thursday, September 20, and will remain open until Friday, October 5 at 5 p.m.
    • Check out the classes above and check your schedule to be sure you can attend. The class is not transferable, if you win.
    • Login to the website and then go to Members Only >> Silent Raffle for ASTD Nat'l Classes or click here to be taken directly to the page (you must be logged in to access this page)
    • There you will find the instructions and have the ability to submit your entry.

    Remember, this is for ASTD-Los Angeles Chapter Members only! Not yet a member, join us now to take advantage of this opportunity.

    To register directly for any of these courses:

    Click on the course link, and follow the instructions there. Be sure to use the ChIP code CH8028, when registering for these or any other products or courses from National ASTD.

  • 09/10/2012 6:18 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Pictures of the Event can be found on our Facebook site.

    Over 40 participants gathered to the learn The Art and Skill of Facilitation from experts in the field. Keynote speaker Jeanne Hartley reminded us of the many important skills needed to be a successful facilitator and then sent everyone off to work on those skills! The 90 minute sessions ranged from facilitating experiential learning to facilitating team building. Skills included bringing more awareness your facilitation sessions and taming difficult people you may encounter along the way. The learning continued with tools on facilitating the decision making process of a group and then using new research on how the brain works in appreciative facilitation! The remarkable day of learning ended with a wrap up of the mini-conference with a celebration of the community that was created on Saturday.

    Thank you to many outstanding facilitators from the ASTD-LA community who donated their time to make this day possible. Jeanne Hartley, Michael Baroff, Debbie Newman, Ron Milam, Pauline Arneberg, Marty Lasker, Mindy Danna and Mark Strunin.

  • 08/20/2012 3:36 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Dear Members and Fans of ASTD-LA:


    Last week, I was walking out of my office in Century City when I heard some familiar tunes. Turned out that classic performer Eddie Money was rocking out on this random Tuesday afternoon.


    I heard the classic hit "Two Tickets to Paradise." As I waited for a couple of other hits, Eddie played some amazing, fresh sounding instrumentals on sax.  I still wanted to hear those greatest hits, but I was pleasantly surprised by this fresh music. (Be sure you read through to the end for your own chance to win Two Tickets.) 


    ASTD-LA is bringing a mix of our greatest hits...
    PLUS some great new offerings.  
    All this from a line-up of true training Rock-Stars! Read on!


    The show begins with a real chart topper. This Thursday's August meeting on 5 Principles for Achieving Excellence in the Workplace will be a big hit. If you are on the fence, jump off it and come to a great show! Buy your tickets online now!


    The workshop curtains open on Friday, September 7, as Deb Newman brings back one our classics,  Train the Trainer. This 5-week hit-packed workshop always brings down the house. I have attended this amazing workshop and can tell you those "Top-10 hit" lessons keep playing in my head!


    On Saturday, September 8, ASTD-LA debuts a special Mini-Conference on the  Art and Skill of Facilitation led by our own Jeanne Hartley. Along with Jeanne, there are so many all-star performers that you will have to  read the line-up yourself. As a tremendous value to our members, we are offering incredible seats at great prices. Don't miss it!


    Big Muse Creativity/Leadership Workshop Live!

    On Thursday, September 27, we have a real rock star back on the ASTD-LA stage. Peter Himmelman, our April chapter meeting presenter, is singing a different tune these days. He uses songwriting as a way of increasing our innovative thinking, team building and leadership skills. Check out this music video at the right, for a preview of this exciting event. You may even spot one your colleagues. It is unlike any training event you will ever attend.


    From one star to another, ASTD-LA welcomes a nationally recognized expert in Virtual Training, Cynthia Clay! At the ASTD National Conference, Cynthia played to a packed house. She is so popular that she actually was called back for an encore. (The fire marshals ask that you do not bring lighters to her  LA Event on October 19 in Culver City.)


    In addition, look for some very special guests. Rumor has it that our own Tom Henschel will bring Advanced Presentation Skills to a show. He ALWAYS sells out. Ellen Krause will provide a FREE show on  Improvisational Theater Techniques. And of course, we will continue to provide the smash hits at more intimate venues with our Special Divisions.  


    Buy your tickets now to an amazing line-up of shows that your Board is bringing to a venue near you. For every paid event you sign-up for by Friday August 24, you will be entered into a raffle for "Two Tickets" to our year end musical. Our musically themed Holiday Party is Thursday, December 13. Good Luck!


    We look forward to seeing you!


    Sean Bloch
    2012 ASTD-LA President

  • 07/30/2012 11:58 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Board members often state that their time on the Board was among their most valuable experiences at ASTD-LA. This is your opportunity to help steer the chapter toward a successful 2013. There are many exciting positions available. Visit our Chapter Leadership Page to see the positions that make-up the board.  


    Key Benefits of serving on the ASTD-LA Board:

    • Work closely with an amazing team of fellow ASTD-LA members
    • Strengthen your toolkit through challenging experiences and assignments
    • Make a difference in the ASTD-LA community
    • Network with Industry Thought Leaders and experts
    Ready to Learn more about this exciting opportunity? Contact, and we will be sure to answer all your questions and help determine what position might be right for you. 

ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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