• 09/08/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    You will be voting for an ATD-LA Board Member who will begin a two-year term in January.

    In accordance with the chapter bylaws, this form includes the names of available positions which will begin a new term. Each active member will have one ballot per election period.

    The ATD-LA Board is a very diverse group and values the thoughts and skills of everyone. Our volunteers and board give their time pro bono (not paid). We coordinate the tasks for several learning programs, chapter meetings and membership related projects.

    Directions: Please vote for each position listed by choosing the name indicated for the position.

    All ballot forms must be submitted by or before the deadline: September 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.

    Visit for position descriptions. 

    Click Here for the Ballot

  • 09/01/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    As we move into fall, here is a preview of what we have planned.

    The bi-annual board and chapter leader strategic planning meeting will be hosted in-person on September 18 with our office administrators. A copy of the 35-page plan will be available only to board members of the chapter by September 15. A state of the chapter and annual report will be sent to all members in our e-weekly by October 1 along with a year-in-review video for you to enjoy.

    Five webinars, an orientation for new and prospective members, and a chapter meeting will be held from September to November.

    A wrap-up Mentor Program meeting that will recognize all of our mentors and mentees who participated in 2021 will be held on October 11.

    A Holiday Party, Volunteer Recognition, and Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 2 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Marriott Los Angeles Westside in Culver City. I am excited to announce that Scott Millward, former Senior Vice President of Learning & Development and Field Communication at Panera Bread and current member of ATD’s Board of Directors, has graciously offered to be our special guest and will share insights about where ATD is headed in 2022. We will also recognize our valued partners, sponsors, board members, volunteers, and mentors and mentees; give out numerous awards; and welcome the 2022 board and chapter leaders. So be sure to save the date for this fun year-end celebration!

    As always, good health until we meet, and have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

    — Kavita Gupta, President

  • 08/02/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Per the terms of the chapter bylaws, we call for your self-nomination to join the Board of Directors.

    You will be nominating an ATD-LA Board Member for a two year term that begins in January. Ballots will be distributed in September.

    The ATD-LA Board is a very diverse group and values the thoughts and skills of everyone. Our volunteers and board give their time pro bono (not paid). We coordinate the tasks for several learning programs, chapter meetings and membership related projects.

    Board Member Benefits

    • A seat on the board of an award winning top tier chapter in the world
    • Discounted ATD National Membership savings of over $220
    • Discounted chapter membership savings of $35 for renewals and $75 for new members
    • Eligibility to receive a Mira Gold award toward professional development for new board members value $500 (only applicable until 2024)
    • Complimentary meals at leadership planning meetings held bi-annually, value $50-$75
    • Eligibility to attend the ALC chapter leader conference value $175 for virtual conferences and $1200 for in-person conferences
    • Complimentary attendance at the Gamification Workshop when offered, value $250
    • Mentoring and support from experienced board members
    • Opportunities to network among top talent development professionals
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills
    • Prestige of industry recognition

    Membership Requirements

    Board members are required to maintain membership in the following during their term:

    • The Association for Talent Development (, a global nonprofit membership association; and
    • The Association for Talent Development, Los Angeles Chapter (, a local nonprofit membership association serving Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

    Code of Ethics & Code of Conduct

    All board members are required to abide by a Membership Code of Conduct ( and Board Member Code of Conduct ( Please review both these sections in their entirety before proceeding to the next section.


    You can nominate yourself or another person for as many positions as you wish by using this form.

    The open positions for the 2022 ATD-LA Board of Directors are:

    • President Elect
    • Director of Chapter Meetings
    • Director of Membership
    Visit for position descriptions.

    Please submit your Nomination Form before the deadline of August 20, 2021 at 5 p.m.

    Click Here to Nominate

  • 07/19/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Soak up the sun and savings!

    Save $25 off new individual membership.

    Going on now through September 15.

    Click Here and use code: yaysummer

    This is for individual memberships only. (Does not apply to power, student or group.) 

  • 06/02/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    You Asked - We Delivered! I am pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, and after an almost two-year hiatus, we will finally be able to hold in-person chapter meetings at USC in 2022! So please mark your calendars for a great line up of presenters, including our award-winning New Year Brain Exchange and a panel of senior leaders on January 20, February 17, April 14, June 16, July 21 and August 11, 2022. We will follow a hybrid model for chapter meetings, webinars and communities of practice meetings in 2022. Unfortunately, due to many restrictions still in place at our host venues USC and Antioch University, events in the fall will most likely still be offered virtually. Stay tuned for more details in the fall.

    As we move into the summer, elections will be held in early August. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please drop an email to Valerie Quezada at And if you haven’t signed up for the International Conference and Exposition (ICE) hosted by ATD-LA in Salt Lake City, Utah, please register here and add our Chapter Incentive Program code CH8028 to your registration to help our chapter earn some extra dollars. We currently already have a group discount, so please be sure to take advantage of this special offer and contact Denise at before you register. ICE will be held August 29th to September 1st and there will be both a virtual and in-person option for the conference this time. You can also volunteer for the conference and attend one day free for every day that you volunteer (offer only good for ATD-LA members - click here for details).

    As always, your leadership team works hard to serve you and bring high quality professional development programs, networking and job opportunities. Stay safe and healthy, and see you soon at the June 17 chapter meeting for networking and a presentation by Ken Nowack on 10 Hacks for Successful Goal Setting and Goal Surviving.

    — Kavita Gupta, ATD-LA President

  • 05/17/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)
    Are you taking advantage of the ATD-LA Job Board? Our Job Board is a leading resource for job openings in talent development, learning, instructional design, e-learning, organizational development, training and more. The listings are available to members only, so don’t miss out on this valuable resource!

     How to Subscribe to the Job Board

     Follow these four easy steps:

    1. Navigate to the Job Board page via the Menu > Resources > Job Board [Direct Link].
    2. Click on the “Click Here” link under the ATD-LA Members headline [Direct Link].
    3. Enter your login information.
    4. Click on “Subscribe to the Forum” [Direct Link].  

    Voila! After you’ve subscribed to the forum, you will receive notifications about new postings. Look out for an email with the subject line “Daily summary of updates for Job Listings from ATD-Los Angeles.”

    Tip #1: Interested in posting a job with us? ATD-LA currently has a growing membership of close to 300 members. Simply fill out the job post form here and one of our staff will add your job to our job board.

    Tip #2: Hiring nationally? Also consider the ATD Job Bank. Employers referred by chapters receive a 15 percent discount off the rates, and chapters earn 10 percent commission on the full price. Be sure to enter our chapter’s ChIP code CH8028 when you post a job or search for resumes using the ATD Job Bank:

  • 05/12/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita Gupta, ATD-LA PresidentI had the pleasure of hosting the first Leadership Retreat for our ATD-LA chapter leadership team and what a blast we had! Great food and a scavenger hunt were topped off with a visit by author, former executive and coach, Caroline Leach, who not only did a book signing, but generously gifted copies of her book to everyone. A big thank you to our 20+ executive committee members, board of directors, office administrators, chapter leaders and volunteers!

    I would also like to take this near half-year milestone to reflect on our accomplishments and share them with you. We could not have done this without you, our members!

    • Weathered the storm created by the pandemic with strong financial reserves.
    • Welcomed over 45 new individual members 19 of whom received a complimentary membership from the KG Talent Development Grant, and a corporate member, Herbalife.
    • Hosted over 365 members and guests at chapter meetings, webinars, orientations, communities of practice meetings and mentorship meetings.
    • Developed strategies, team building and friendships through board and chapter leader leadership strategic planning meetings.
    • Recruited 25+ chapter leaders and volunteers in the past 3 years since I became president-elect with a retention rate of 81%.
    • Implemented a new Code of Conduct for chapter leaders and volunteers.
    • Added over 75 new followers to our LinkedIn social media platform with an average of 20k impressions per month.

    ATD-LA continues to be an award-winning top tier chapter! Let us celebrate our successes and keep building on our 75-year history. If you are interested in joining the leadership team and giving back to the learning and development community, contact us at

    Thank for your continued commitment and support of the chapter, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming programs and events. Enjoy this slideshow of your chapter leadership team hard at work having fun!

  • 04/07/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita Gupta, ATD-LA PresidentOver the past two years, I’ve had the privilege and honor of helping dozens of members and non-members, ranging from students to directors, by offering general counsel on how to structure a resume in the new digital age and guidance on the difference between jobs in instructional design, facilitation, organizational change, and human resources.

    Over the next five years, 40%-60% of all companies’ portfolios will shift to online learning. It has become a necessity for talent development professionals to have an understanding of online learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Docebo, WizIQ, Adobe Captivate, Elucidate, Articulate, Shift, Blackboard Learn, Udemy, Teachable, and Chatbots (to name a few), as well as which ones are more adapted to schools versus organizations.  

    Recognizing the importance of social media in our lives has also become a necessity. 95% of recruiters use platforms such as LinkedIn to vet candidates. 57% of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online. And 44% will recruit a candidate based on their social media content (Leach, Caroline, What Successful People do in Social Media, 2019).

    Keeping up with the times and staying on top of economic and educational trends have become key ingredients for our success in the marketplace. We must be conversant with the knowledge, skills, and experience that employers and clients need.

    Are you equipped to face the demands of our new and changing landscape?  

  • 03/31/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2020 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.

    Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) are a set of performance guidelines designed to help chapters deliver consistent benefits to members. CARE consists of elements in five key areas that are necessary for running a chapter like a business: administration, financial, membership, professional development, and communication.

    “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.”

  • 03/03/2021 12:00 PM | ATD-LA (Administrator)

    Kavita Gupta, ATD-LA PresidentHappy Spring! I hope that 2021 is off to a good start and you are making headway on the professional and personal goals you established for yourself on January 1! Your board, chapter leaders and volunteers have been working hard, and we have now held six meetings and events, as well as launched the SoCal Young Professionals Special Interest Group in collaboration with the Orange County and San Diego chapters. If you missed out on the information meeting on February 18, please email for an Interest Form and to be added to the mailing list for updates and information about upcoming initiatives.

    The International Conference and Exposition that ATD-LA was slated to host this year finally got moved to Salt Lake City because of the uncertainty around the COVID situation in Los Angeles. The good news is that ATD-LA still retained top priority for volunteers to work at the conference and attend the conference for free! Be sure to check out volunteer opportunities on our website, and get ready to pack your bags for an all immersive learning and networking trip with thousands of talent development professionals in late August!

    As always, we are here for any questions or concerns you may have about your membership. Please feel free to drop me a line at at your convenience and hope to see you at our March events!

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

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