• 06/24/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Thank you for being a valued member and friend of the Association for Talent Development Los Angeles chapter. I hope that you have enjoyed learning from the multitude of programs we offer and connected with fellow colleagues or made new friends through our virtual and in-person events.

    I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the status of our program offerings for 2020. As you know, the pandemic has caused a great deal of disruption. Many venues, including USC and Antioch University that are our host venues for in-person workshops and chapter meetings, have enforced strict requirements that have precluded us from hosting in-person events on their campuses. As a result, we have had to move all of our programs to a virtual platform. This will be effective throughout the rest of 2020.

    We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused, but I want to assure you that we have made a smooth transition from in-person to virtual programs, and the quality of our programs still remains of the highest standards. We are also offering pre- and post-chapter meeting virtual networking opportunities. So please be sure to check out the calendar and save the dates for upcoming chapter meetings, webinars, special interest group meetings and the August 5 Member Networking Mixer.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at We look forward to your continued participation in ATD-LA. And if you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, please contact Valerie Quezada at

    Stay safe and healthy and best wishes to you and your family!


    Kavita Gupta

    ATD-LA President 

  • 06/03/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    It is hard to believe that we are almost half way into 2020 which will always be etched in our minds as the year of the pandemic. What is most heartening is that YOU, our valued members and friends of the chapter, still continue to invest in your professional development through lifelong learning.

    Attendance at our chapter meetings and webinars has been steady averaging 25-50 participants at each event. While all of us miss the personal touch of meeting our colleagues, sharing stories, or exchanging laughs over drinks and dinner at chapter meetings, all is not lost! Virtual lunch and learns, mixers, and our evening chapter meetings still offer a great way to network, meet new people and make new connections for professional or job opportunities.

    Please be sure to check out our calendar as we have a full schedule of events and programs lined up for you, and reach out to a fellow member through the membership directory or board member by dropping a line to say hello. Stay connected, and bring a friend to an event. As always, stay safe and healthy!

  • 05/06/2020 10:55 AM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Save the Date! Next May 23-26, 2021, Los Angeles will be the proud host city for the ATD Global International Conference and Exposition. Did you know that the world needs more than 1 billion people reskilled by 2030? We are the masters of this challenge, so be sure to join over 10,000 professionals from around the globe that will visit our city to participate in over 300 sessions, at the world’s largest learning and development conference along with 400+ vendors!

    Led by our Volunteer Coordinator, Valerie Quezada and in partnership with ATD Global headquartered in Virginia, Alexandria, Valerie will oversee 450+ volunteers from all over the world. All of us will have an opportunity to volunteer, and a website dedicated to the conference will open up in January 2021 for you to sign up and volunteer.

    Sadly, the International Conference scheduled in Denver this year from May 17-21 was canceled because of the pandemic. Let us get through these challenging times and look forward to better times. As always, learning never ends so invest in your chapter, and ATD Global, and avail of all the online and in-person opportunities that can help you in your career at or Stay safe and stay healthy!

  • 04/22/2020 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

  • 04/01/2020 4:30 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    New Member Specials!

    Special #1

    Join the ATD-Los Angeles Chapter, between now and June 30, and take advantage of these special rates:

    ·        Individual Member          $100 (savings of 20%)

    ·         Student/Academic          $40 (savings of 20%)

    ·         Company Bundles            Save 10% - Pricing based on number of team members. Call Denise for this offer.

    (This offer excludes Power Members (members of both ATD and the chapter))

    No coupon required. The Individual and Student/Academic rates are already reduced on our join page.

    Special #2

    Become a Power Member at a reduced rate as well. Join ATD Global by April 4 and save an additional $20, if you are an ATD-LA member. Use code Member20 at checkout at or call 800.628.2783. And remember to give them our Chapter Code CH8028.

    If you have questions about either of these offers, contact Denise at or 562/908-3020.

    Join today, invest in your professional development and take advantage of our special offers!

  • 04/01/2020 3:15 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)
    As part of an online webinar that I co-hosted for the USC Online Masters’ Learning Design and Technology program, here are ten top trends in L&D that I summarized from Forbes, the TD magazine and Training Magazine:

    1. People will need to learn at the speed of business as skill gaps are increasing.

    2. Blended learning - a module will include a combination of blended learning methods such as YouTube video, classroom training, Mooc, lab or FB group in the workplace to impart training.

    3. ATAWAD – Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device training that uses shorter content, subtitles, mobile apps and eLearning will be the name of the game. ELearning is a $180b business.

    4. While ADDIE will still stay mainstream, SAM (Successive Approximation Model) will also become commonplace. Instructional designers will need to improvise and become agile.

    5. Storytelling and humor, micro learning, social media tools to implement mass customization, just-in-time training for millennials who learn differently, and distance learning with globalization and distributed teams will increase.

    6. Virtual Reality including Artificial Reality, videos, VR headsets and immersive training for product launch or virtual training will increase as will the use of artificial intelligence

    7. People skills such as emotional intelligence, collaboration and negotiation will become essential skills for L&D professionals. Learners will require 3 critical skills in the future: learn and unlearn, digital and data fluency and learn to problem solve creatively.

    8. Leadership skills will focus on change management, building coalitions, critical thinking and problem solving.

    9. Facilitators will need to become coaches as class sizes shrink.

    10. Demand for big data skills will increase requiring employees to analyze large amounts of data.


  • 03/23/2020 12:00 AM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2019 ATD-LA Board for meeting the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE)! The chapter successfully met all 18 required CARE elements and is recognized for 100 percent achievement of CARE.

    ATD-LA was also recognized as a Chapter Membership STAR with joint membership between 45-50 percent.

    “I’d like to personally acknowledge and thank you and the chapter leadership team for your accomplishments and for going above and beyond the CARE requirement,” said Tony Bingham, president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development. “ATD recognizes that the value you provide to your members through well run chapter programs, services, and exceptional operations is the result of the individual time, resources, innovation, thought, and dedication you and your team contribute.”

  • 03/04/2020 12:00 AM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Call for Volunteers!

    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

    Volunteering is a great way for new people to meet others who share the same interests, give back to a community or organization, learn new skills, share old skills or experiences, grow into leadership positions and have fun along the way. The ATD-LA chapter needs you! Can you give a few hours per month? We need help with chapter meetings, membership and marketing. Come join a Top 10 chapter! For more information, please contact Kavita Gupta at

  • 02/05/2020 3:54 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)
    Thank You, Partners

    We are grateful to our partners that support the chapter by providing venues for meetings:  Alliant International University, American Honda, Antioch University, Farmers Insurance, Integrity Management & Consulting, Child Care Resource Center, the USC Rossier School of Education and Wimer Associates.

    Promote Your Brand

    Did you know that you can promote your brand through ATD-LA and reach a wide range of leaders in the learning and development community for as little as $250?

    Here’s how our advertising and sponsorship opportunities can help you:
    • ATD-LA is a non-profit organization - some or all of your sponsorship dollars may be tax deductible.
    • Expose your company’s brand to a broad range of industry thought leaders, influencers and experts through our events and programs.
    • Maximize your company’s products and services by reaching your target market of practitioners who have a need for it.
    For more information on marketing opportunities please visit or contact Sheri Winter, Marketing Director at

  • 12/11/2019 3:12 PM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    On behalf of the 2019 board, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time and talent for ATD-LA this year! Our chapter's success is because of our dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Special thanks go to volunteers Danielle Baines, Vince Budrovich, Sue Gabriele, Katrina Reiniers-Jackson, Anupa Naik, Anthony Markovich, Guy Morgenshtern, Phillip Potter, Andrea Proctor, Esther Ramirios, Jonathan Troper, Ravi Trivedi, Princess Walsh and Scott Wimer. 

    And a Special Welcome to our new 2020 BOARD Members and Chapter Leaders. Welcome to the team!

    Angela Anable, Volunteer Director

    Anna Halbur, Chief Financial Officer

    Anupa Naik, Member-at-Large

    Phillip Potter, Membership Director

    Sheri Winter, Marketing Director

    Katrina Reiniers-Jackson, Social Media Manager

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

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