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  • Monday, March 19, 2012 8:38 AM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Check out the lasted edition of our chapter newsletter! 

    ASTDBR focus

    If you would like to provide feedback or submit information for "ASTDBRfocus" contact Elizabeth Beckham, vppublications@br.astd.org.

  • Friday, February 17, 2012 1:03 PM | Deleted user
    The National American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) recently recognized the ASTD Baton Rouge as an ASTD Champion of Learning for its successful promotion of Employee Learning Week during the week of December 5 - 9, 2011.  Celebrated annually in December, ASTD seeks to promote workplace learning and performance through Employee Learning Week.  In 2011, ASTD Baton Rouge promoted workplace learning by receiving an official proclamation from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and sponsoring workplace learning activities throughout the week.

    Click here to see our certificate of recognition.

    Click here to see the official proclamation.
  • Friday, February 17, 2012 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    We are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the 2012 International E-Learning Awards - Business Division, presented by the International E-Learning Association (IELA). The Entry Submission Page is posted on the IELA site and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2012!  Submissions for our Academic categories will be accepted beginning in March 2012 with a deadline of June 1, 2012.  We are currently accepting only entries in the Business division.

    Awards will be given for successful courses, sites, and products, in three categories: e-learning, blended learning, and mobile learning.  Each category includes awards in both the Academic and Business divisions.  The winners will be announced in June 2012 at the ICELW Conference in New York, though you do not need to come to New York in order to win an award.

    The International E-Learning Association is a leading international group that brings together researchers and practitioners in all forms of e-learning.  IELA's sponsorship of international conferences and journals, and its strong membership base, continue to advance the state of the art of the e-learning field worldwide in academic and business areas.


    Submissions for the 2012 International E-Learning Awards - Business Division are due on March 1, 2012.   For more details regarding the submission process, please check the IELA Awards Page at http://www.ielassoc.org/awards.htm .  We look forward to your submissions!


    ASTD Baton Rouge is not affiliated with IELA.  Information about these awards are being provided as a service to our members.  Please direct all questions about these awards to IELA.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:19 PM | Deleted user

    At the general meeting held on January 26, 2012, ASTD Baton Rouge members approved revisions to the chapter bylaws based on recommendations made by the Bylaws committee.  Click here to review the updated bylaws.  Members can view bylaws at any time from within the members area of this website.  Members must be logged into the site to view member only content.

    Special thanks to the 2011 Bylaws Committee for their review and revision of our chapter bylaws:

    • Kent Blumberg
    • Melissa Terrell
    • Leah Tate
    • Amy Campo
  • Thursday, February 02, 2012 12:48 PM | Elizabeth Beckham

    Check out the chapter newsletter! 

    ASTDBR focus

    If you would like to provide feedback or submit information for "ASTDBRfocus" contact Elizabeth Beckham, vppublications@br.astd.org.

  • Friday, January 27, 2012 10:42 AM | Deleted user
    Did you enjoy Sandy's presentation at yesterday's meeting?  Did you miss the meeting, but would like to learn more?  Here's a link to order Lois Frankel's book, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, via Amazon.  Purchases via this link help our chapter! 


  • Wednesday, December 21, 2011 4:21 PM | Deleted user

    ASTDBR DECEMBER 2011 EZINE

     

    ASTDBR Secretary Position Open

     

    The ASTDBR 2012 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 the responsibilities are:

     

              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

              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 or potential employers that you are a leader in your profession


    If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for Secretary, please email Leah Tate, President-Elect, at 
    lrtate225@gmail.com.


    ASTBR Members Promote Employee Learning Week!

     

    Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results which is growing bigger and better each year thanks to your involvement!  As we all know, training is more important now than ever before. The growing skills gap and the increased need to compete in today’s economy require organizations to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce.  Employee Learning Week has been the perfect opportunity for organizations to get involved and highlight their commitment to learning and development.

     

    Check out what some of our ASTDBR members did to promote employee learning awareness at their organizations!

     

    Damona Banks, Pelican State Credit Union:

     

    Pelican participated in ELW by sending out credit union related questions each day. All employees who answer correctly were entered into a daily prize drawing for VISA Gift Cards.

    Lindsey Eason All, General Physics Corporation (GP):

     

    At my workplace, I approached my local business unit director with ideas to promote Employee Learning Week within our office. That conversation led to contacting our corporate office and promoting Employee Learning Week globally within our company.  Emails were sent to employees each day with learning and development information and resources: 

    Monday
    o       ASTD Employee Learning Week introduction
    o       New Employee Training Information and Expectations


    Tuesday
    o       College Tuition Assistance Program Information
    o       Professional Development Hours Reminder
    o       On-line University Discounts


    Wednesday
    o       Information on Internal On-line Learning Available to Employees


    Thursday
    o       Information on Self-study Library Available to Employees


    Friday
    o       Information on Launch of New Company-wide LMS

     

     

    January Program:  Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office:  101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers

     

      Do you work nonstop without a break?
      Explain too much when asked for information
      Worry about offending others and back down too easily?
      Do you poll" your friends and colleagues before making a decision?

     

    If so, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas.  Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career.  Join us as Sandy Michelet leads a lively discussion of the book by Lois P. Frankel, "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office".


     

    About the Presenter: 

    Sandy Michelet, SPHR

    Director, HR Corporate Services

    The Shaw Group

     

    Sandy Michelet has a passion for performance and has one goal in life – “to make a difference”. She is HR Director with the Shaw Group and has enjoyed the “fast paced, never stop, take a breath to move to the next thing” culture for over six years. She leads a team of 20 and focuses on execution excellence – recognizing that the good ideas are easy to create – but executing well is the hard part!

     

    In 2010 she earned her Senior in Professional Human Resources designation. She has a Masters Degree in Workforce Development from USM – and became interested in the program after completing the USM T&D Certificate Program.

     

    Sandy rides a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, sings in a band on the weekends and is a part time ballerina (only in her living room). She lives in Baton Rouge with her chocolate lab and her husband – but don’t tell Craig that he was listed second to the dog.

     

    When

    Thursday, January 26

    Where

    Ralph and Kacoo’s Restaurant

    6110 Bluebonnet Blvd., BR, LA

    Schedule

    Networking/Registration:  11:30 am

    Business Meeting/Program:  11:50 - 1:00 pm

     

     Fees:  $20 for members; $30 for guests.  Preregistration is required.  Walk-ins can not be accommodated.  Click here to register for this event.

     

    Consultants! Showcase your Services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory

     

    Showcase your services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory, and help potential clients find you!  The prices can’t be beat:


    • $39 per year for ASTDBR members and National members
    • $49 per year for ASTDBR members
    • $99 per year for ASTD National members
    • $149 per year for non-members


    Compare those prices to a yellow pages listing, which can run more than $100 for a full month.  And with the ASTD Consultant Directory, you are reaching exactly those people who are most likely to want to purchase your services.
     
    Sound good?  If so, just email the following information to
    president@br.astd.org:

    • Your title.
    • Company name.
    • Address.
    • Phone.
    • Website.
    • Email.• Photo (jpeg) if desired.
    • 125 words (maximum) description of your services.

     

    Available Training Positions

     

    Members, are you looking for a new position? Employers, are you in need of experienced workplace learning professionals? Utilize our membership-only job bank to post jobs. 

     

    Current Positions Available:

     

    Training Specialist, Business Operations – Louisiana Community and Technical College System

    Quality Training Specialist, FastStart – Louisiana Community and Technical College System

    Training Analyst – Turner Industries

    Project Manager, Business Development – Louisiana Community and Technical College System

    Managing Director – Talent Management - Amedysis

    Organizational Development Specialist – Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA

    Training and Development Administrator – Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union

    IS Training Specialist – FMOL Health Systems

     

    For more information, email president@br.astd.org

     

     Volunteers Needed!!

     

    We are looking for members who have the knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to lead or participate in various chapter committees.  ASTDBR, as a non-profit, is managed and supported by volunteers.  Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to offer your ideas, expertise, and time to the Baton Rouge Chapter.

     

    What will fit into your current professional lifestyle?  Volunteer opportunities of all sizes exist! Whether you are able to commit a lot of time and effort or have only a little time to spare right now, your help is welcomed and appreciated.  Get the most out of your membership by becoming involved working with other members and working with operations. 

     

     If you are interested, click here to find out more, or contact Damona Banks, dbanks@alumni.lsu.edu
  • Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:29 AM | Deleted user

    Want to get involved?  Be sure to check out the latest chapter volunteer opportunities.  We're currently seeking:

    • Chapter Secretary
    • Meeting Paparazzo

    Click here to see available volunteer opportunities.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:03 PM | Deleted user


    ASTDBR NOVEMBER 2011 EZINE

    ASTDBR Annual Holiday Social

    Have fun!  Meet new people!  Celebrate another great year in workplace learning and performance! Join us for our annual holiday networking social and help celebrate Employee Learning Week.

     

    When

    Thursday, December 8, 2011

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Where

    Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro

    6171 Bluebonnet Boulevard


    Selected Menu (Buffet Style)

    Salad - House Salad

    Entree 1 - Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    Entree 2 - Jambalaya Pasta

    Side - Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Dessert -Signature Original Cheesecake

    Beverages -  Tea, Soft Drinks, and Water

     

    Cash bar available

     

    Space is limited, so click here to RSVP now to reserve your spot!

    ASTDBR Secretary Position Open

    The ASTDBR 2012 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 the responsibilities are:

    ·          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

    ·          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 or potential employers that you are a leader in your profession


    If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for Secretary, please email Leah Tate, President-Elect, at lrtate225@gmail.com.


    Consultants! Showcase your Services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory

    Showcase your services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory, and help potential clients find you!  The prices can’t be beat:


    • $39 per year for ASTDBR members and National members
    • $49 per year for ASTDBR members
    • $99 per year for ASTD National members
    • $149 per year for non-members


    Compare those prices to a yellow pages listing, which can run more than $100 for a full month.  And with the ASTD Consultant Directory, you are reaching exactly those people who are most likely to want to purchase your services.
     
    Sound good?  If so, just email the following information to
    president@br.astd.org:

    Your title.
    • Company name.
    • Address.
    • Phone.
    • Website.
    • Email.• Photo (jpeg) if desired.
    • 125 words (maximum) description of your services.

    Available Training Positions

    Members, are you looking for a new position? Employers, are you in need of experienced workplace learning professionals? Utilize our membership-only job bank to post jobs. 

    Current Positions Available:

    Training and Development Specialist - Louisiana Department of State Civil Service

    Training Analyst – Turner Industries

    Director, Clinical Learning - Amedysis

    Training Manager – University of Phoenix

    Corporate T&D Contract Position

    Talent Management Business Partner – Amedysis

    Organizational Development Specialist – Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA

    Training and Development Administrator – Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union

    IS Training Specialist – FMOL Health Systems

    For more information, email president@br.astd.org

     Volunteers Needed!!

    We are looking for members who have the knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to lead or participate in various chapter committees.  ASTDBR, as a non-profit, is managed and supported by volunteers.  Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to offer your ideas, expertise, and time to the Baton Rouge Chapter.

    What will fit into your current professional lifestyle?  Volunteer opportunities of all sizes exist! Whether you are able to commit a lot of time and effort or have only a little time to spare right now, your help is welcomed and appreciated.  Get the most out of your membership by becoming involved working with other members and working with operations.  If you are interested, click here to find out more

    If you are interested, contact Damona Banks, dbanks@alumni.lsu.edu

  • Friday, October 21, 2011 2:03 PM | Deleted user

    The holidays are right around the corner.  Come celebrate another great year in learning at our holiday social.  Click here for more info.

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