• 01/07/2014 4:45 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) was named an ASTD Chapter of the Month (COM) for January 2014. The COM is national recognition for ASTD local chapters that have demonstrated strength, growth, and innovation in managing their chapter.

    Rhonda Bothwell, chair of ASTD’s Chapter Recognition Committee, which awards the Chapter of the Month honor, said, ”This prestigious award recognizes the Los Angeles Chapter for demonstrating innovative and unique approaches in providing great value to their members and workplace learning professionals in the community, including professional development, networking, and leading information about trends in the workplace learning industry. The Los Angeles Chapter is a leading example for serving members and other ASTD chapter leaders with opportunities to learn and grow from each other. We are pleased to recognize the chapter with ASTD’s Chapter of the Month award,” Bothwell said.

  • 01/07/2014 4:23 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Deadline is January 17, 2014

    My name is Rob Major. I am a PhD student at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. I am currently conducting my dissertation research on peer reporting behavior in organizations and am recruiting participants with a human resources and/or industrial psychology background. The requirements for participation are that you have a Master's degree or higher and 3+ years of work experience. The estimated time for completion is 30 minutes. At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to include your email address in a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. 

    If you have any questions or know of anyone that would like to participate in the survey please contact me at Thank you for your time.
    Rob Major, MS

    Follow this link to the Survey:

  • 01/07/2014 4:22 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2014

    Cases on Human Performance Improvement Technologies

    A book edited by Dr. Jill Stefaniak, Old Dominion University, USA
    To be published by IGI Global.


    Human performance technology (HPT) is a systematic approach for improving performance that takes into account organizational, environmental, and causal analyses to make data-driven decisions regarding intervention design, implementation, and evaluation (ISPI, 2013). Principles of HPT are used in a variety of different industries to solve problems, assist with quality improvement initiatives, and identify future business opportunities. Performance improvement technologists take the entire organizational environment into account when developing strategies and interventions to address organizational needs.

    This casebook will provide educators, students, and practitioners with an opportunity to see how principles of human performance technology were implemented in various contexts and industries. Like most fields, students are taught best practices, but are not always privy to understanding the challenges that can occur when attempting to implement solutions in the real world. Lack of resources, organizational buy-in, and timing can all hinder performance, requiring practitioners to work creatively to implement solutions within a given timeframe.

    Objective of the Book

    The overall mission of this book is to provide educators in the field of human performance technology, organizational development, educational technology, and business management with a compilation of case studies based on real-life experiences that can be integrated within their classes. The goals for this case book are to:

    1)    Provide relevant cases that demonstrate how principles of HPT have been employed within organizations. 

    2)    Provide examples of how HPT has been utilized in a variety of different industries, and provide a combination of examples that address business problems, quality improvement initiatives and business opportunities.

    Case studies included in this book will address, but are not limited to, the following topics:


    • Conducting performance analyses
    • Solving business problems
    • Embarking on projects to address quality improvement initiatives
    • Identifying business opportunities within an organization
    • Identifying and selecting performance improvement interventions
    • Determining when to design instructional or noninstructional interventions
    • Implementing instructional and/or noninstructional interventions
    • Addressing change management within an organization
    • Methods of evaluation
    • Employee development
    • Change in workflow procedures
    • Changes in organizational structure
    • Business partnerships and acquisitions
    • Change management
    • Knowledge management and learning
    • Project management

    Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2014, a 2-3 page case proposal clearly explaining the subject, mission and concerns of his or her proposed case. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent case guidelines. Authors will be expected to adhere to these guidelines exactly. Full cases are to be submitted by May 30, 2014. All submitted cases will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


    This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and ‘Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

    Important Dates

    January 30, 2014:     Proposal Submission Deadline

    February 15, 2014:   Notification of Acceptance

    May 30, 2014:          Full Chapter Submission

    July 30, 2014:          Review Results to Authors

    August 30, 2014:      Final Chapter Submission

    September 30, 2014: Final Acceptance Notifications

    November 30, 2014: Final Deadline


    Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word Document):

    Dr. Jill Stefaniak at

    Click here to submit a proposal:

  • 11/25/2013 5:15 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    On Saturday, November 9, ASTD-Los Angeles hosted its annual Leadership Involvement Day. This half-day workshop is a great opportunity for our members to actively participate in the leadership of the chapter.

    President Ellen Krause welcomed the attendees and 2014 president Jeff O’Dell introduced the 2014 Board of Directors.

    This year, the attendees enjoyed trying out lateral thinking techniques that facilitators Bill Bellows and Tim Higgins previously introduced at our April Chapter Meeting.

    In a group exercise, our members generated ideas on how ASTD-LA can better cater to the needs of different target groups, such as external consultants or non-profits.

    In using the “Random-Word-Technique,” the attendees had to use a specific word, for example “soap,” to generate ideas on a certain topic.

    For example, one member associated soap with the word “bar.” Immediately somebody connected the dots and said, “We should have more opportunities to socialize at ASTD. Why not have some chapter meetings at a bar?”

    In the second part of the workshop, the attendees discussed ASTD-LA’s value proposition. Does our current value proposition “Driving Learning – Leading Innovation- Building Community” still represent ASTD-LA? If not, how would you change it?

    Our board members left the workshop with a wealth of valuable ideas. As a next step, our members will receive a survey in which they can vote on their favorite ideas for the chapter, as well as on ASTD-LA’s updated value proposition.

  • 10/30/2013 10:45 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    ICELW 2014, the seventh annual International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, will be held from June 11-13, 2014 at Columbia University in New York.  

    The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline is December 16th, 2013. To submit a proposal, please use the proposal submission form on


    ICELW welcomes anyone with a background or interest in e-learning in the workplace, including researchers, consultants, and corporate trainers, managers, and directors.

    Topics of particular interest for ICELW 2014 include those demonstrating best practices in the workplace, panel/roundtable discussions, and sessions involving participation among attendees. See for more info.
  • 04/23/2013 5:19 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)

    Throughout the year we will be shining the spotlight on various wonderful and talented ASTD LA volunteers. Currently the stage belongs to Kristen Magnuson.

    We thank Kristen for pulling Triple-Duty Volunteerism on the board of ASTD LA. Kristen came onboard as Co-Director of Learning, filling what is normally a two-director role by herself. That wasn’t enough. Kristen stepped up to fill the vacant Director of Chapter Meetings seat as well.

    We’re proud to announce that in recognition of Kristen’s hard work and devotion, she has been awarded free admission to an ASTD National certificate program in 2013. Congratulations, Kristen!

    Kristen came to serve on the board of ASTD LA after founding and launching the Social Enterprise Alliance, LA. She has a B.A. in Philosophy, a J.D. and has completed the chapter's Train the Trainer program. She is the founder of The Advancement Center, an organization devoted to removing blocks to success both individually and in organizations.  She is a pioneer in applying energy psychology tools in team building, facilitation and training so clients can drop learned limitations to success.  

    Currently, Kristen serves as the Director of Learning as well the Director of Chapter Events.  She is grateful for the opportunity to further her lifelong interests in collective success and collaboration. She sees these roles as demonstrating her motto "Together We're Better." 
  • 04/12/2013 5:11 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    Did you Know... 
    that ASTD National will be offering 5 certificate courses in the LA area (El Segundo) this year?

    Designing Learning



    Training Certificate



    Blended Learning



    E-Learning Instructional Design



    Project Management for Learning Professionals



    Remember to use the Chapter Incentive Program code (ChIP code) when registering: CH8028.
  • 02/26/2013 4:00 PM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    No Chapter Meeting in March. Instead, join us for...

    March Madness
    Instead of a regular monthly chapter meeting, we would like to encourage everyone to visit the meetings of our special divisions.

    There's a lot to explore:
    • great key note speakers
    • networking opportunities
    • and maybe even new friends. 
    Special division meetings are free for members; non-members are asked to pay $10 for each meeting.

    Visit the Special Division calendar for a list of upcoming Special Division Meetings in March!

    And because we love gamification, we attached a challenge to march madness: The member who attends the most SD meetings in March will get a 40% discount on an ASTD-LA workshop/webinar of choice in 2013!

    Here are the details:
    • Download this attendance sheet (or use a blank piece of paper).
    • When you attend a meeting, please write down the date, the Special Division Name and have the SD Leader sign your sheet.
    • If you attend a virtual meeting, either print the online attendee list with your name on it, or ask the director (via chat pod) to send you a confirmation email.
    • At the end of the month, send the scanned attendance paper to
    • The deadline to submit your form is Friday, April 5.

    Good Luck!

  • 01/15/2013 11:10 AM | Denise Ross (Administrator)
    We are pleased to announce a mentoring opportunity for as many as 5 ASTD-Los Angeles chapter members in a partnership with Bill Bellows of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Tim Higgins of NASA. Together with Cade Wilson, Bill and Tim delivered a well-received presentation at our May 2012 meeting on the topic of "Collaboration: YES   Group Think: NO - Moving From Black Hats and Red Pens to Green Hats and Blue Pens.

    In looking ahead to 2013, we've made plans for our April meeting to be held at Rocketdyne's office in Canoga Park, where Bill, Tim, and Cade will present again. In preparation for the meeting, we are looking for members who would like to attend Rocketdyne's "InThinking Together" seminar early in 2013, learn more about the collaboration ideas presented in May, and then be mentored by Bill and Tim in how to share these ideas with others in your respective training and development roles. The mentoring opportunity includes sharing "lessons learned" from this learning process with fellow ASTD members at our April meeting.

    Please contact Bill Bellows by email at or Jeff O'Dell at
    to learn more about this offer.
  • 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.

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

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