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  • Monday, June 30, 2014 9:37 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Hot off of the press:  2nd Quarter edition of ASTDBRfocus is available.  

    Check out the latest edition ofASTDBR focuswith president's message, member spotlight, 2014 board information, and more.  

    Check out the latest edition ofASTDBR focuswith president's message, member spotlight, 2014 board information, and more.  

    Check out the latest edition ofASTDBR focuswith president's message, member spotlight, 2014 board information, and more.  
  • Monday, June 16, 2014 12:26 PM | Elizabeth Beckham
    ASTD Baton Rouge, LA – The Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTDBR) is pleased to announce their next monthly meeting of the year to take place on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Ralph & Kacoo’s, 6110 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge.  Details Below: 

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:29 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Welcome to the Association for Talent Development!

    Did you hear the news? Our chapter is excited to announce that on May 6, during a special live announcement at the ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, D.C., President and CEO, Tony Bingham, and the Board of Directors announced that ASTD is changing its name to the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

    Over the next year you will notice our chapter’s transition to our new name and brand beginning with the introduction of our new chapter logo.  Our chapter also has plans to introduce our new brand and walk you through our local plans for the change process with you at our membership meetings.

    While our name may be changing, the chapter’s board of directors want to assure you the local programming, networking, and services you have come to value and enjoy through the chapter will not change, nor will the chapter’s mission and vision. Like national ATD, training and development will remain at the core of our chapter, and we pledge our service and commitment to you is stronger than ever.

    We will continue to keep you abreast of our change, and look forward to you joining us on this journey; together, we are creating a world that works better!

    For more information and to review ATD’s new name and announcement materials, please visit

  • Monday, March 31, 2014 10:40 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Check out the latest edition of ASTDBR focus with president's message, member spotlight, 2014 board information, and more.  
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 1:20 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Volume 4 is ready just in time for the Holidays!  This issue contains:  2013 Activity Recap by Tricia, Review of ASTDBR PD Event with Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate, Member spotlight, Overview of ASTD National Membership Levels and Benefits, and more.

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:54 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    The State Human Resource Management Association (SHRMA) invites you to join them for an interactive workshop to learn techniques and concepts that can be used to evaluate current competencies of an organization’s employees against future competencies that are necessary to achieve company goals. Participants will also learn to strategically utilize individual development plans (IDPs) to achieve the preferred outcomes of their employers. These techniques and practices can be applied to all employees in your population regardless of their organizational status. How can we plan to move the organization forward to meet the desired goals?

    Speaker: Craig Juengling, ACC, Juengling & Associates, Inc

    Cost $75.00, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register at

  • Monday, September 09, 2013 11:53 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    The latest edition of ASTDBR focus can be found here.

  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:10 PM | Deleted user

    The 2013 Nominating Committee has announced the following nominees for chapter leadership positions:

    President: Amanda Newfield, Community Coffee Company, LLC
    President-Elect:  Damona Barnes, Pelican State Credit Union
    Past President:  Tricia Ferguson, KPAQ Industries, LLC
    Secretary:  Janina Fuller, Ciris Consulting
    Treasurer: Sandy Acardo, Baton Rouge City Court
    VP Membership: Lisa Verret, Baton Rouge Community College
    VP Programs: Kara Still, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
    VP Marketing & Communications: Dana Le Bherz, Louisiana State Civil Service
    VP Technology: Elizabeth Beckham, Turner Industries

    These individuals are dedicated to delivering the best chapter experience to you, our members.  They are all excited about the new programs and events to be planned in 2014.  Get to know these leaders over the next month and join us for our election during our next general meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

    You may notice that we are filling fewer board positions this year.  For the first time, our chapter will offer new, non-voted positions in chapter leadership.  These positions, called Program Managers, will work with elected chapter leaders on targeted programs or projects for the chapter.  Program Manager roles are ideal for individuals who are  interested in chapter leadership, but not ready to make the commitment to attend things like board meetings regularly.  The following Program Manager positions are available for 2014:

    • Social Media Program Manager
    • Community Engagement Program Manager
    • Professional Development Program Manager
    • Publications Program Manager
    • Hospitality Program Manager

    For more information about Program Manager opportunities, contact Amanda Newfield at

  • Monday, July 08, 2013 9:24 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    The Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTDBR) is excited and honored to announce the award and title of ASTD’s June 2013 Chapter of the Month. Through hard work and dedication, ASTDBR achieved CORE for 2012. Each year, ASTD provides chapters with 18 requirements and goals that local chapters must meet.  This year, ASTDBR was recognized for achieving 100% CORE compliance by successfully meeting all 18 requirements. In addition, ASTDBR submitted a Sharing Our Success (SOS) best practice for its “Volunteer Recruitment” program which emphasizes various ways to recruit and retain volunteers. It is one of the chapter’s top priorities to inform our community of local volunteer opportunities to promote interaction and engagement with learning professionals in the area.


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