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  • 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.


  • Monday, June 03, 2013 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    All business related to the ASTD Baton Rouge chapter is coordinated and managed through the tireless dedication of our chapter leaders. ASTDBR Chapter Leaders have the opportunity to build important business and leadership skills while learning more about the workplace learning and performance profession. It is now time for the ASTDBR chapter to consider future leaders to lead our chapter in 2014. This e-mail outlines important informaiton you will need to nominate yourself or another chapter member for a chapter leadership role in 2014.

    The Nominating Committee is dedicated to providing you with every opportunity to nominate committed individuals to serve as ASTDBR Chapter Leaders. Your 2014 Nominating Committee members are:

    • Robin Schooling, Nominations Chair
    • Amanda F. Newfield, 2013 President-Elect
    • Kent Blumberg, ASTDBR Past President and Member-at-Large

    Nomination Process
    This year, the ASTDBR chapter offers two ways to submit nominations. Nominations can be submitted in person at any chapter event or online by clicking here. All nominations must be submitted by June 30, 2013.

    ASTDBR Chapter Leaders serve a one-year term. If selected, leaders will serve the chapter from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Chapter leaders have the opportunity to experience the inner workings of a non-profit organization. Access to chapter leader specific ASTD events may also be available. Click here for more information about chapter leadership positions.

    We appreciate all the support and input provided by our chapter members. Feel free to contact any member of the Nominating Committee, or e-mail, with any questions.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:42 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Share your takeaways from today’s meeting with us on Twitter!


  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:07 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Check out the latest edition of our chapter newsletter!  This edition includes upcoming chapter activities, member spotlight, and more.

    ASTDBR focus

    If you would like to provide feedback or submit information for "ASTDBRfocus" contact Janina Fuller,

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:48 PM | Elizabeth Beckham
    Check it out! There were lots of tweets at our February session.  See them in our members only section. Thank you to all of you who helped generate this content. 

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:58 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Share your takeaways from February’s meeting with us on Twitter!


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  • Tuesday, February 05, 2013 1:12 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    The ASTDBR 2013 Board of Directors is accepting nominations to fill the position of Secretary. Eligible applicants must be an ASTDBR member in good standing and must be willing to also become a national member. A summary of responsibilities for this position include:

    • Participate in monthly (in-person or telephonic) board meetings
    • Record and distribute minutes of monthly board meetings
    • Maintain information relative to chapter functions such as board meeting minutes, bylaws, job descriptions, and other historical documents
    • Assist with record-keeping of chapter and individual board member goals
    • Serve a term of one calendar year

    Being an ASTDBR chapter leader has many benefits. Some are listed below:

    • The opportunity to flex your "leadership muscles"
    • Form strong bonds and lasting relationships with other board members
    • Learn new skills and information
    • Demonstrate to current and potential employers that you are a leader in your profession

    If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for Secretary, please e-mail Tricia Ferguson, President, by clicking here.

  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:55 PM | Elizabeth Beckham
    ASTDBR board has posted its 2013 Operational Plan and Budget to the chapter website under the chapter document archive.
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:30 PM | Deleted user

    ASTD Media Contacts: Kristen Fyfe 703.683.8192   Jennifer Homer 703.683.8123

    ASTD Baton Rouge Chapter : Leah Tate, President

    Kimberly Seeger, CPLP of ASTD Baton Rouge Chapter
    Selected for ASTD’s National Advisors for Chapters

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 20, 2012 – Kimberly Seeger, President of Learniappe, LLC has been selected to serve on the National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) for a three-year term (2013-2015). The NAC is charged with providing strategic direction and leadership in the development and support of ASTD chapters and members.

    As a volunteer group of distinguished chapter leaders, the NAC carries out the following functions:

    •    advising and coaching chapters about ASTD initiatives
    •    linking chapters with common needs
    •    identifying and sharing best practices
    •    advising ASTD staff about issues of importance to chapters
    •    identifying and examining future roles for chapters
    •    bringing issues of interest to chapters to the attention of the Board of Directors
    •    ensuring that the needs of chapters are recognized by the Society.

    Seeger served as 2009 President of ASTD Baton Rouge Chapter and has been a presenter for the International Conference and Exposition (ICE).  Seeger’s company Learniappe, designs and delivers innovative learning solutions to corporate, government and non-profit organizations to help people ‘learn something extra’.  She is a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) and completed her Masters of Science at Louisiana State University.

    About ASTD
    ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 125 U.S. chapters and with 20 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues. For more information, visit

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