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President's Message

  • Wed, July 01, 2015 8:23 AM | Deleted user


    Recently, you may have received an email from ASTD Lincoln asking you to get involved with the Knowledge Management Council (KMC) initiative, “Make it Work for Lincoln.” I wanted to give each of you a bit more information about the special partnership between KMC and ASTD Lincoln and why we need your help.

    KMC was initiated by ASTD-Lincoln's 2012 President Kevin Mattran and Board, in response to members' concerns regarding a growing need for workers with higher level skills.

    Over the last two years, KMC has implemented and began to analyze a business survey conducted with over 200 Lincoln companies. The primary purpose of the survey is to create and increase awareness of the education and skill levels available, while also identifying needs for future development of the workforce in Lincoln.

    Now, it’s time to get busy! By getting involved or referring someone from your company to join a focus group, we will gain your valuable insight into your industry’s specific needs when looking for skilled workers! Click here to access the KMC Focus Group Card.

    Focus groups will be assembled this fall. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect ASTD Lincoln members with KMC and “Make it Work for Lincoln.”

  • Fri, May 01, 2015 4:59 PM | Deleted user

    COMING IN JULY!! The ATD Designing Learning Certificate program is coming to Lincoln on July 6-8, 2015. This three day program will help you discover all of the tools necessary to develop powerful, bottom-line focused training.

    What’s in it for you?

    • Earn 2.1 CEUs or 21 (general) hours towards PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification
    • Learn how to design a program that aligns with business goals
    • Work on the design and development of your own training program during the workshop!

    More information about this workshop can be found here.

    Have you visited ASTD-Lincoln’s Facebook page yet? Please click here to visit and be sure to “like” our page.   You can view shared articles, chapter news, and even check out pictures from April’s event “How to Create a Whiteboard Video on a Budget.”


    Speaking of events, are you signed up to attend our next learning event on May 21st? Dr. Charles Braithwaite of UNL is going to present about The Global Classroom and how global awareness and knowledge of human diversity for our students is being expanded through new communication technology. Register now by clicking here!




    I look forward to seeing each of you May 21st!


  • Wed, April 01, 2015 12:18 PM | Deleted user

    I am so excited about recent changes to our chapter. We have been assembling an enthusiastic new board and lining up some great events for the rest of this year!

    Did you know? ASTD Lincoln’s got a brand new Facebook page! Please click here to visit and be sure to “like” our page.  We are currently at 107 likes – can we get to 300 likes by the end of April?

    In honor of our improved social media presence, I located an article about using social media to improve the formal learning process.

    Considering using social media in your classroom? Ask yourself the following questions before getting started:

    • What is my learning objective?
    • To achieve that objective, what learning activities need to happen in what order?
    • What topics are best discussed before a formal learning moment?
    • What is the most appropriate tool?
    • How will I present the benefit of using the tools to the learners?

    The full article can be found here. I look forward to seeing all of you at our April 16th event – Whiteboarding on a Budget.

  • Mon, February 02, 2015 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Posted for Dani Groh

    The ASTD-Lincoln Board of Directors invited members to a Town Hall Meeting held on January 29, 2015 to discuss the transformation of the ASTD-Lincoln Chapter. During the meeting the 24 members attending discussed the most urgent topics facing our chapter and decisions around a solution. The options discussed were:

    1.    To dissolve the non-profit corporation known as ASTD-Lincoln

    2.    To become a GIG (Geographic Interest Group) of ATD Nebraska (the Omaha chapter), in which case we’d still have to dissolve and hope the Omaha chapter would accommodate us as a GIG

    3.    For volunteers to step up to fill critical open board of directors positions, which would need to be identified and descriptions provided as necessary.

    There were questions around Board of Director position descriptions and time commitment involved. Some of the questions included:

    ·         Do both VPs and directors need to attend board meetings?

    ·         Must board meetings be held monthly or could they be less frequent?

    ·         Can board meetings – AND events – be held in different places during the year?

    ·         Is there a deadline for when we must get more board members in place?

    To continue as a viable chapter please refer to the Board of Director Interest Survey. Please forward to any one you may know who has interest in ASTD-Lincoln. I ask each member to fill out a survey to indicate his/her level of interest in participating in discussions as well as areas of expertise that may be leveraged as the chapter begins planning beyond April 2015, and that the surveys be returned to me by Friday, February 6th (instructions on how to return are in the PDF - click on the link above). 

    Several members indicated an interest in either a VP or Director position or participating as a member of a committee. We will move forward at our next Board Meeting on February 9th, 8:15 am at “The Egg & I” restaurant at 1601 Q Street. I look forward to seeing you there!...........................Dani


  • Fri, November 07, 2014 9:05 AM | Deleted user

    Who knew that changing can be so difficult and take so long.  As many of you know we are in the middle of a branding change on a national and local chapter scale.  David speaks more about the upcoming changes and what everyone should expect.   Also did you here about our November event?   The first 50 to register get in for free!!!   Register today and bring a friend!!



  • Thu, July 03, 2014 2:22 PM | Deleted user

    Have you heard?   ASTD-Lincoln is Moving!!  The 2014 event and workshop is jammed packed.  Limited seats are available for our Midwest Video Summit for Learning scheduled for September 2014.  Register Today!!   

  • Fri, April 04, 2014 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    Thank you to everyone that supported the big event on March 20th.

    You can find out more about the Knowledge Management Council at www.astdlincoln.org/kmc



  • Thu, January 02, 2014 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    Happy New Year,


    Do you have your 2014 resolutions written down and confirmed yet? How about your 2014 business goals? What new learning and development tool are you going to implement this year? Everyone's focus right now is usually on developing objectives and goals for the new year, but have you taken the time to review and celebrate your achievements for the past year?


    Here are a few of ASTD-Lincoln's 2013 achievements:


    *   The Knowledge Management Council's began the never-ending push towards identifying the shortfalls in training and education in Lincoln and the surrounding area. We must give a big thank you to Past President Jeff Beck and Dr. Nancy Stelter for their continued leadership with the Council. Amazing things are happening with this group and everyone should watch www.astdlincoln.org/kmcfor a big announcement in 2014 from

    the Knowledge Management Council.


    *   The President and CEO of ASTD National sent congratulations in May 2013 to the ASTD-Lincoln Chapter for achieving 100% CORE for the year by successfully meeting all 18 required CORE elements.


    *   ASTD-Lincoln was also recognized as a Chapter Membership STAR with joint membership (members who are both local chapter members and National ASTD members) between 40-50%. Thank you to all members for helping achieve these notable milestones!


    *   In 2013 we increased our number of Facebook fans to 99 and reached over 3,000 people with posts to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/astdlincoln.

    Each of these achievements should be celebrated, but we also want to thank each member of ASTD-Lincoln for making each of these accomplishments possible. Oh, one last thought...please don't forget to develop your goals for 2014.



    David L Jacobs, Jr.




  • Thu, October 10, 2013 10:10 PM | Deleted user

    Every day we have the opportunity to impact the lives of the people around us.  In the field of Learning and development we spend hours upon hours putting together training programs, writing business plans, and finding new ways to inspire and motivate those around us.

    Recently I came across a Ted Talk by Drew Dudley titled:  Everyday Leadership and was inspired by the message he had to offer.  Please take a few minutes to watch this short video.


    When you are done, take a moment for some self-reflection and ask yourself:

    How many lollipop moments have you created today?

    Have I taken the time to acknowledge those who have made a difference in my day or my life?

    Did I pay it forward?

  • Wed, April 10, 2013 9:21 PM | Deleted user


    As the first quarter has come to an end I would like to pause for a moment and reflect on the status of some of our accomplishments.

    I am pleased to announce the first committee of ASTD-Lincoln’s Knowledge Management Council has been formed and is off to a very enthusiastic start.  The purpose of this Council is to address concerns regarding a growing need of highly skilled workers to fill a variety of skilled labor positions within Lincoln, Nebraska and surrounding communities.  Please visit http://www.astdlincoln.org/KMC for more information and to stay up to date with current activities of the Knowledge Management Council.

    We have been off to a roaring start with our first couple of learning events for the year.  In January Ranelle Maltas presented:  Flipping the training room and the tools to help you succeed! In March the video boot camps were a huge success.  They were so popular Jonathan Halls agreed to do a second one along with staying for a third day and presenting: 12 Critical Survival Skills for Trainers. We have a lot more exciting events in queue and coming your way for 2013.  For more information on future programs please visit our Calendar of Events page.

    As a part of the business plan introduced to the membership in our January business meeting, one of our goals for 2013 is to find ways to get more involved with the community.  I am really excited to announce ASTD-Lincoln will be partnering with Doane College-Lincoln and will be providing additional education opportunities for students to participate in future internship programs and to attend some of our monthly Learning events each year.

    It has been a pleasure serving as your president for this first quarter of 2013.  Our theme has been “Taking Action” and I’m happy to say we are off to a good start!

    Please feel free to submit comments to this post, or you are always welcome to contact me at president@astdlincoln.org

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