• 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

  • 12/09/2019 2:48 PM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    Member since


    Professional role/position

    Manager, Talent Development and Learning at Delta Dental 

    ATD-LA volunteer role/position

    Chapter President

    Why do you volunteer for ATD-LA?

    When I first began volunteering for the chapter in 2015, it was to give back and to stay engaged - I knew that I would attend meetings more regularly, for example, if I was a volunteer. Over time, I realized that the relationships you build here are truly priceless. It's been a true pleasure to give back to our professional community alongside our amazing members and volunteers. 

    Favorite ATD-LA memory

    Our chapter meeting in February 2019, where many of our past Presidents and former board members were in attendance, was a special moment. Hearing about how their service to the chapter had changed their lives and the lives of so many other members was a testament to the importance of the work that we do as chapter volunteers.

  • 11/27/2019 11:45 AM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    With Thanksgiving upon us and with the end of the year and of my three-year presidency approaching, I find myself in an especially thankful mood when I reflect on ATD-LA. There’s so much to be grateful for!

    I’m thankful for our members, the core of ATD Los Angeles. The diversity of our 300+ members is astounding, comprising a cross section of professionals from across Southern California practicing as coaches, trainers, consultants, people leaders, and instructional designers, among other roles. Some are new to our work, others have a lifetime of experience; all share a passion for helping people be more effective in their work through growth and development. Whether through sharing best practices, sharing career opportunities, sharing experience through mentoring, or just sharing our time and insight with one another at chapter events, we’re lucky to have each other.

    I’m thankful for our volunteers, who are the lifeblood of our chapter. To our outgoing board members, Margeaux and Carol, I share my thanks for your service to the chapter. To our new and continuing board members, SIG and GIG leaders, and volunteers, I share my excitement for the future and my gratitude for your willingness to lead our chapter in 2020 and beyond. To my successor, Kavita, I share my best wishes for success in your term as Chapter President and my sincere thanks for the many contributions you’ve made as a member of our leadership team since late last year. This organization is richer because of the contributions of our many volunteers!

    I’m thankful for our office staff, Denise Ross and Grant Skakun. I could share endless stories about their contributions to our organization, but let it suffice to say that they are the too-often-unsung heroes of this organization. I’ll miss our weekly team meetings and I can’t thank you enough for the outstanding work that you do on behalf of our board and our members.

    Last, but not least, I’m thankful for the opportunities that ATD-LA creates for its members. I’ve met so many incredible people over the last several years, learned so much about our work and about our community, and, perhaps most importantly, got my (awesome) current job through relationships I’ve made with board members I’ve served under and with over the years. I hear so many similar stories from so many members that make me feel fortunate to be a member and proud to be a leader here.

    I hope you are as thankful as I am for the wonderful organization that we’re a part of and the special people that make it what it is. If you’re not, I encourage you to get involved in volunteering and mark your calendar with some of our upcoming events.

    With gratitude,

    Ben Sieke
    ATD Los Angeles President 2017-2019

  • 11/06/2019 11:57 AM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    Member since

    Professional role/position

    Instructional Design Consultant for Southern California Edison
    ATD-LA volunteer role/position

    Co-Director of Learning and Events
    Why do you volunteer for ATD-LA?

    I volunteer for ATD-LA because of the opportunity to make an impact within my community of talent development professionals. I enjoy connecting with like minded people who want to grow their skills, education and experience. My role as Co-Director of Learning and Event provides the perfect vehicle for me to do just that by planning and executing webinars and workshops that fit our membership's needs. I am always open to hearing from our members with any suggestions they may have or even just a friendly chat. Please contact me at anytime at
    Favorite ATD-LA memory

    Riding up in an elevator, upon attending an ATD-LA chapter meeting, I realized I was talking to a person I had a phone interview with for a job. I ended up with a different job but it just goes to show you that you never know where your connections will come from.

  • 09/06/2019 4:30 PM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    The Los Angeles Chapter (ATD-LA) of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, was named an ATD Chapter of the Month (COM) for September 2019. The COM is national recognition for ATD local chapters that have demonstrated strength, growth, and innovation in managing their chapter.

    Elizabeth Beckham, chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee, which awards the Chapter of the Month, said, ‘‘This distinguished award recognizes the Los Angeles Chapter for demonstrating unique approaches that provide value to their members, other ATD chapter, and professionals within the talent development industry. The Los Angeles Chapter is a leader in providing development opportunities to their members and other ATD chapter leaders by sharing best practices and encouraging leaders to learn and grow from each other. We are honored to recognize the chapter with ATD’s Chapter of the Month award.”

    ATD-LA achieved CARE (Chapter Affiliation Requirements) for 2018 led by President Ben Sieke. In addition, a Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission, “Navigating SHRM Credit Process and Job Aid” prepared by President-Elect and Director Chapter Meetings Kavita Gupta, and Office Administrator Grant Skakun was recognized as a best practice.

  • 09/06/2019 3:38 PM | Grant Skakun (Administrator)

    Member since:


    Professional role/position:

    Management Consultant

    ATD-LA volunteer role/position:

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Why do you volunteer for ATD-LA?

    Talent Development is the lifeblood of a company. Successful businesses are the result of effective leadership and teamwork in all levels of the organization.

    Favorite ATD-LA memory:

    Participating in Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's Nonprofit Board Mixer with fellow ATD-LA board members

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

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