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  • 14 Jan 2014 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    Our January Learning Event was a great opportunity for networking and socializing, formal recognition of those who helped the chapter become enormously successful.

    We heard from GBASTD member, Mary McWalter, as she shared her “Ten Tips to Increase Your Chances of Passing the CPLP – (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance)”. Attendees learned from Mary’s experience passing the CPLP. She will give an overview of the CPLP program and its components, and will also share tips for passing the CPLP exam and work product submission.
    Currently a Technical Trainer at Boston Private Bank (since 2011) where she designs and develops technical and operational training including both instructor-led, e-learning, video tutorials and webinars.

    She earned her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) from the ASTD Certification Institute in 2013. She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University, Boston.

    CPLP Presentation

    Sanofi Employee Learning Week 2013 Presentation

    January 2014 Pre Program Presentation

  • 10 Dec 2013 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    2014 Board of Directors GBASTD:

    Nancy Giard, 2013 President, ASTD Greater Boston presented the 2014 Board of Directors to the membership and received approval as follows:

    Karen Potischman, President

    Dan Collier, VP Programs

    Patrice Hollinger, VP Communications

    Brenda Wornum Moore, VP Membership

    Tom Martin, VP Social Media

    Kathy Galvin, VP Technology

    Bill Schoenberg, VP Finance

    Nancy Giard, Past President

    Just How Did Nuance Communications Win a 2013 ASTD BEST Award?

    Nuance has grown from having no formalized corporate education and a zero budget to a full-service corporate university staffed by seven. Learn how they overcame the same pressure we all face ... communicating the results of learning to corporate executives.

    How did they establish and implement Best Practices in L&D during this journey?
    1. Using technology and online learning to minimize training costs ...
    100% of their training budget goes to online learning!

    2. Ensuring that training is cost effective and aligned with corporate goals

    3. Capturing the metrics that executives care most about

    4. Building executive support for L&D

    Also joining us was Phil Konecki of YMCA Training, Inc. – YMCA of Greater Boston. Phil gave us a brief presentation on the fine work being done through his organization in:

    1. Helping unemployed individuals get back to work through office skills

    2. Promoting a talent pool of skilled, diverse professionals representing all of
    greater Boston’s communities

    3. Supporting candidates through mentoring, resume writing, interview
    practice, internships, and job placement assistance.

    As Business Development Manager at YMCA Training Inc., Phil works intensively with people in job transition. His aim is to help them become the best informed and best prepared job seekers in the marketplace. Phil focuses on helping each candidate identify the unique strengths and passions they can’t wait to offer their next employer.

    Developing ways for professional people to become part of this process is at the heart of what he does. Some of the opportunities he’s developed for interested volunteers include focus groups to drive curriculum changes and updates; a program in which industry experts help trainees rework their resumes and develop their interview skills; and a mentoring program for trainees beginning their internship experience.

    Phil’s commitment is to creating a collaborative, mutually beneficial experience between trainees and expert volunteers.

  • 12 Nov 2013 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    Keynote Presenter: Bernd Boettger | Chief Learning Specialist - Engineering | Enterprise Learning FM Global

    As we all know, more learning content is moving online, mobile, and virtual. In addition to those trends we have challenged ourselves to create 21st century classrooms that provide engaging and connected learning environments as well as leverage state-of-the-art technology. One key component of this classroom is the interactive whiteboard – in our case SMARTboard – something that many of our new employees have already experienced at universities.

    Take a tour of the SimZone:
    After the Keynote presentation by Bernd Boettger attendees had the opportunity to experience the SimZone, FM Global’s 12,000 sq. ft. hands-on learning facility where they could simulate a wide range of property hazards and scenarios. The SimZone is used to supplement other learning methods and is a great place to focus on skill and behavior change rather than pure knowledge transfer.

    Bernd Boettger is the Chief Learning Specialist for Engineering at FM Global. Bernd is responsible for the technical accuarcy of learning content and he works on continously evolving training methods in order to create and maintain a true 21st century learning environment. Bernd joined FM Global in 1995 and held a number of positions in engineering and management before joining Enterprise Learning in 2010. Bernd holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and a B.Eng. (hons) in engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

  • 08 Oct 2013 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    Presenter: Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D, Training Leader, Boston Scientific

    Over the last decade research has demonstrated that a strong onboarding program leads to positive outcomes for new employees, such as higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater organizational commitment, reduced stress, and lower intent to quit.
    As we are paying more and more attention to engagement, onboarding has become a key element in building an engaged employee population from the day one. Why does onboarding end up on the bottom of our “to do” list? It is because it requires consistent approach, constant updating and lots of work.
    It took Boston Scientific over a year to build an effective Global Onboarding Program. Easy to use and engaging with social approach, the program gives BSC an opportunity to ensure that their employees have a positive experience within the first 120 days. That allows them to: assimilate to BSC faster, become engaged sooner, increase speed-to-productivity and reinforce
     their decision to having joined BSC.
    During her presentation, Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D with Boston Scientific shared with yus the power of onboarding, best practices, and global challenges that you may encounter when designing, developing or implementing an onboarding program in your organization.


  • 20 Sep 2013 7:28 AM | Deleted user

    It’s that time again and we want you to be ready to hit the ground running by sharing some of the tips and tools that we’ve picked up over the past year. We enlisted a few of our GBASTD Board of Director members to share  perspective and insights from their participation at this year’s ASTD National conference. Click here to view their presentation.

    Presenters included:
    Nancy Giard, President
    Patrice Hollinger, VP Communications
    Tom Martin, VP Social Media

    One of our long-time ASTD Greater Boston Chapter members, Mark Simon of HiMark Solutions, was also one of our presenters.  Mark summarized events and discoveries at ASTD’s Tech Knowledge Conference in San Jose this past February. There was a great deal of buzz about mobile learning (AKA mLearning), which is on the radar for many people no matter what business you are in.  Mark shared some valuable insight into the intriguing areas that surround this new learning medium.  

  • 04 Jun 2013 7:27 AM | Deleted user
    John Mattox is the Director of Research for Knowledge Advisors, the world’s leading learning and talent analytics company.    John is responsible for mining approximately 1 billion data points in the Metrics That Matter® system to gain insight for internal and external clients through advanced statistical techniques and integration of business data with human capital systems. John has led training evaluation teams at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers and is currently living in Nashville TN.

    This presentation offered practical yet credible advice on how learning leaders should go about the process of building a business case to formalize learning analytics into the L&D organization and budget. The session demonstrated critical tools and techniques to establish relevancy for learning measurement and positively create a culture supportive of L&D measurement. During this session John provided an overview of the attributes necessary to create and sustain L&D analytics and review techniques (KPIs, pilot/beta tests, financial analysis) to create the business case.

  • 18 Mar 2013 8:43 AM | Deleted user

    The New England Area ASTD Conference is coming up on April 25th and 26th and will be held in Chelmsford.  We had two lucky recipients at the meeting that will get to attend for free.  To register use the following link

    Please note there will be no chapter meeting in April.

    The Greater Boston Chapter is committed to building on our competencies that were defined at the last meeting and will have speakers that have talks geared towards our model.  These meeting topics, Social Media and Visual Literacy, drew from several competencies on the new model including instructional design, training delivery and learning technologies.

    The Tech Talk was delivered by Bill Shander, Founder and CEO of Beehive Media.  His focus was on Social Learning.  Social learning is simply learning by having a dialogue and it is the future…so get onboard!

    The great thing about Social Learning is that it is peer-driven and creates community and it is all about learning that happens outside formal structure or the classroom.  Social Learning is not a new concept.  It is really Enterprise Social Networking and it’s a major transformation in how business is getting done.  Many of you may have experienced it already with JIVE, Yammer or Acquia in the workplace.  Enterprise Social Networking can be likened to FaceBook for the enterprise or workplace.  You can do similar things like create a profile, share, make comments, etc.  It is all about connecting, communicating and collaborating!  The other great thing is you can access these sites from any network so you are always learning.

    To get started in your organization:

    • 1.     Choose the simplest, quickest and easiest tool and just START!
    • 2.     Pilot with a small group
    • 3.     Make it cross-functional
    • 4.     Build a culture
    • 5.     Grow Commitment

    Remember – it’s about Content-Connection-Collaboration-Community.

    Our Keynote speaker for the evening was Domenic Screnci, Ed.D, Executive Director for Educational Technology, Training and Outreach in Information Services and Technology at Boston University.  His talk was entitled Visual Literacy and Information Design for the Instructional Designer.  Domenic was a Medical Photographer in a previous life and captured our interest with his engaging imagery.  He is himself a visual learner and an expert at conveying learning through instructional design.  The reason visual literary is so important is that 30% of our brain is dedicated to visual processing.  Visual tools help transform information into knowledge.

    Another way to think about visual literacy is to let your learners see what you are saying.  It is important to know your audience and then design for them.  Some important things to consider:

    -Be culturally aware

    -Use Perspective

    -Design along the Visual-Verbal continuum

    -Convey realism through images and illustrations

    From a graphic design perspective when creating be sure to use visual discrimination (both form and color) and balance.  Gestalt psychology can be summed up by “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.

    This research and experimentation in the areas of “Perception” by investigating the significance of:

    • ·       Visual Patterns
    • ·       How the human organism sees
    • ·       Organizes visual fields
    • ·       Articulates visual output

    Gestalt principles are proximity, similarity, continuity and closure.

    Click here for Domenic’s beautifully visual slide presentation that makes the concepts come to life and also his recommended books on the subject.

    Thank you to both of our speakers for their engaging, thought provoking presentations and your support of our chapter.

    See you in May!


  • 18 Feb 2013 9:21 AM | Deleted user

    Despite the Great Blizzard of 2013 a terrific group of folks found their way to One Financial Center in Boston for a great evening of learning & networking at our February Monthly Meeting.  Special thanks to our sponsor for the evening, Opus Digital Inc.,  and in particular to Dan DeVellis for the meticulous work done in meeting all of our audio visual needs for the event.

    From the get-go, the location and the remarkable view of the city from just outside our meeting room provided a great backdrop for a very special evening.  After a brief welcome and introduction by Karen Potischman, our 2013 VP Programs & Events, Nancy Giard, GBASTD President stepped up to the microphone and gave a special thank you to our 2012 Volunteers and Board Members, for their fine contributions over the past year to the success of the Greater Boston Chapter of ASTD. 

    Jamie Millard, ASTD National Advisor and Executive Partner at Lexington Leadership and Owner, Lexington Leadership was our first presenter of the evening with his discussion on “The ASTD Competency Model™.  In a very engaging and open dialog with the audience, Jamie provided an overview of the model with particular emphasis on the opportunities available for the learning professional in utilizing it as a guide for personal and organizational growth.  Additional forums for increased learning about The ASTD Competency Model™ include an upcoming webinar in March being hosted by ASTD National, and the 2013 ASTD New England Conference taking place on April 25th & 26th.  Please see www.massastd for more information. View Jamie's presentation!

    Our Keynote presentation “Accelerating Change and Continuous Improvement: Leading the Way” was presented by Ray Gagnon, of Gagnon & Associates. With Change Management now highlighted as one of the new ASTD core competencies, Ray gave the audience an overview of how Jack Welch’s ground breaking work in solid change management principles or “Work-Outs” was and can be used with success in process improvement and organizational change.   He provided a specific client example of a targeted change project undertaken, the problems solved and the specific results achieved.  Ray’s commitment not to overstay his allotted time was challenged by a very active Q&A session which culminated  with a recognition by all that as a competency of the the future success for learning professionals, Change Management is definitely one not to be taken lightly. View Ray's presentation!


  • 21 Jan 2013 12:39 PM | Deleted user

    What a way to kick-off the year with a high energy, informative and fun event presented by Gene DeFilippo, former athletic director at Boston College and Diane Darling, author of Networking Survival Guide and Networking for Career Success. We are so thankful to the British Consulate-General of Boston for being our gracious hosts.

    There was a lot of action during the pre-game show.  CBS Sunday was there taping the event and interviewing our members.  The buffet was scrumptious and people were ready to Network.

    This unique mash-up between Networking and Football kept the audience completely engaged.  Here is a run down...

    During the 1st Quarter we learned from Diane about handshakes, a simple 1-2 pump will do, eating vs. Networking, so eat before you go, and the bottom line really is to simply go.  Get out there and Network. Gene taught us all about moving down the field to score and explained all about downs, running passes and field goals.

    The 2nd Quarter was all about relationship building and the transference of trust.  The key is to build the relationship before you need it.  Always follow-up.  Take 15-20 minutes within the following days to reach out to your new contacts.  Be persistent yet gracious, if someone is not returning your calls or emails, it may be time to move on.  Diane uses a 3 strike rule...if she reaches out 3 times and has not been responded to she simply realizes this may not be the right time for that contact.   Gene brought us up to speed on safety, uniforms, referee signals and penalties.

    The half-time show was brought to us by Diane Darling and an interview with Suzy Kitchens the British Consulate-General of Boston.  The primary focus of the British Consulate is to promote trade and they were wonderful hosts for our event.

    In the 3rd Quarter we learned how to effectively get into a conversation with someone and also how to politely get out of a conversation with someone and move onto your next new contact.  Always be sure to make eye contact, slow your pace down to conversation level and open with something you have in common; for example the event you are both at.  Another tip is around strategic networking by volunteering for a great organization like ASTD or be the speaker, use social media or be the conduit and connect people to one another.  Gene explained the various positions held by the players on the field and the offense vs. defense line-up.

    The 4th quarter was all Football terminology, the different types of plays teams make and Follow-up.  Diane was right when she says that taking the time to follow-up with the contacts you made can be a real game changer.  Make sure you don’t drop the ball with that one!

    As for the post-game show, Diane advised to always have a question ready for the speaker. 

    Our warmest Thanks to Diane, Gene, The British-Consulate General of Boston and CBS Sunday.  We definitely scored a touch-down with this line-up and it was a tremendous way to kick-off 2013.

  • 13 Dec 2012 7:50 AM | Deleted user

    We had a great turn out for the last meeting of the year!  Thank you to our sponsors, David, Karen and Scott of The Training Associates.  The Training Associates is the largest worldwide provider of training delivery solutions and Trainers on-demand.  Whether you are looking for training or a trainer looking for work, The Training Associates is the largest and oldest trainer staffing and consulting company.

    We had one lucky winner of the non-member raffle! Rachel Nichol joins the ranks of winners along with previous winners, Pete LeDoux and  Alex Blakeson.  As winners, all have received a free, one year membership to the Boston Chapter of ASTD.  Congratulations!

    Thank you to everyone in attendance last night for helping us approve the new Board of Directors for 2013.  They will officially begin their duties on January 1st.  Also, a special mention for Employee Learning Week.  Great Boston ASTD participated in the event in 2012 and we look forward to bringing greater awareness to this campaign in 2013 along with our sponsor, Webucator.

    A great way to get your company noticed and share what you have to offer with regard to training and development is by contributing to the Member Sharing Table.  Feel free to bring articles; brochures and business cards to have available at the table.  As we learned last night, sharing information is just as important as gathering information.

    While on the topic of information sharing, last night’s Tech Talk was delivered by Christin Manning who spoke about Building Your Personal Learning Network.  This is a topic that Christin is very passionate about as she is a PhD candidate in Lesley University’s Adult Learning Program.  She started her talk with an incredible You Tube video called “Did You Know”  If you haven’t seen it – it is an absolute must, so be sure to check it out!

    Christin talked about the difference between formal and non-formal learning and how 70 to 80% of all learning truly happens on the job.  Ideally information to do your job should be no more than 2 clicks and 10 seconds away.

    Christin emphasized the value of “Connectivism” or knowing that where to find information is more important than knowing what the information is.  She reminded us that we already have a wealth of knowledge contained in our personal networks, so use networks like Twitter; Linkedin; WorldPress and FaceBook to connect, collaborate and contribute!

    Our Keynote Speaker of the night was Don Doak of Ebsco Publishing.  His topic was Context and Problem-Based Learning.  Don kept the audience highly engaged by talking about training that is most applicable where, when and how you need it.  He shared how important it is to have information that is of high interest, that is easily digestible and that you can grab quickly.
    Don underscored the value in integrating learning into everyday workflow as the best way to engage employees beyond the classroom.  Make it easy for your employees to access quality content to help them on the job.

    Ebsco is a platinum sponsor of Greater Boston ASTD and we truly appreciate their support.  EBSCO is the world’s leading information agent providing consultative services and cutting-edge technology for managing and accessing quality content, including print and e-journals, e-packages, research databases, e-books and more.

    From all of us at Greater Boston ASTD – we wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season.  We look forward to an active 2013 and will kick the year off with our next meeting on January 8th which will be focused on the power of networking.

    Until next time…
    Click here for Christin's presentation

    Click here for Donald's presentation

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