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ATD NYC Starts New Year with a Bang

Monday, February 20, 2017  
Posted by: William Dunmyer
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ATD NYC started 2017 with a bang. The chapter hosted its first-ever Hot Topics Roundtable on January 25, breaking chapter attendance records. (See picture above.)

"We wanted to start the new year with something we've never done before," said Marshall Bergmann, principal organizer of the event. "I'm delighted it struck a chord with existing members and attracted so many new people."

At the event, Talent Development professionals were able to brainstorm and problem-solve around topics of greatest concern to them. Eleven tables were set up in the room, each with a specific topic. When attendees arrived, they chose which table to join based on the topic.

Each table had six-to-eight individuals. An experienced facilitator was assigned to each table, charged with moving the discussion along, encouraging everyone to share their viewpoints, and getting to as many breakthrough ideas as possible. The topics were:

1.     How to Do a Learning-Needs Analysis
2.     Latest Improvements in E-Learning Software (Storyline, Captivate, etc.)
3.     Mastering Facilitation
4.     Media Mastery: Media Planning, Creating, Editing
5.     How to Align Learning with the Business
6.     How to Make Training Fun, but Not Cheesy
7.     What is the Right Future for Performance Management?
8.     How to Build a Brand for Your Learning Organization
9.     How to Bring a Culture of Data and Analytics to Your Learning Organization
10.  Serving a Multi-Generational Workforce
11.  Digital Transformation of HR and Talent Development

The 'Future of Performance Management' discussion was facilitated by Mies de Koning, who works in Leadership and Organizational Development at the New York Public Library. He said his group explored a wide variety of questions and topics, including whether the term 'Performance Management' was limiting. Perhaps the term itself must be rethought, they wondered.

"We had so many interesting ideas that I encouraged the group to reconvene to continue the analysis," Mies said. "We have scheduled a follow-up meeting. We are also thinking of writing up our findings and posting them on the chapter website. Stay tuned for that."

Quite a few attendees were first-timers, attending ATD NYC for the first time. One was Javonne Morrison, who works in Talent Acquisition at Calvin Klein. "It was great to meet others in my profession and gain a better understanding of what they are doing at their companies," Javonne said. "It helps me better myself as a Talent Development professional. I look forward to attending more sessions in the year ahead. Thank you to chapter leaders for putting together such a dynamic and fun event."

Given how popular it was, another Roundtable event is being scheduled, probably for September 7. Watch for an announcement in the spring.


For all upcoming chapter events, please visit the Events Calendar.

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