Special Interest Groups

Meetups for Niche Interests

Special Interest Groups (SIGS) are smaller, more focused gatherings intended to provide ATD-OC members with opportunities to explore specific areas of interest, and to network with other professionals who share those interests. 

Except for the BizSiG, attending SIGs is free for members, and $15 for non-members, for both live and online meetings. Everyone with an interest is welcome; however, seating at live SIG meetings is limited. These meetings fill quickly, and members are given priority. Fees for non-members will be collected at the time of registration.

Chapter membership gives many benefits -- such as attending SIGs for free, plus discounts on monthly learning events and workshops! Annual membership costs less than the non-member cost of seven SIG meetings. Join now, and get free priority registration at the SIGs of your choice!

We have excellent topics and speakers on the SIG schedule, so if you've been waiting to join ATD-OC, now is the time.

Visit our Events Calendar to register for upcoming SIG meetings mentioned below.

We'd like to thank Webster University for all their support.


2016 Dates: TBA

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Change Leadership SIG
Lisa Kolbe & Denise Lamonte, Co-Leaders

This SIG explores change management & leadership models through case studies. This is your opportunity to: 

  • Learn from people who are using change management tools to influence organizational change 
  • Network with other professionals
  • Be exposed to and dig deeper into existing organization change models

The Change Management SIG meets every other month on the first Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Regardless of your experience level, you come away with valuable information and new connections!

Who should attend:

  • Trainers, instructional designers and training managers being asked to produce programs that are a part of organizational change
  • Anyone involved in a change effort
  • All those interested in learning more about change models and how to integrate these into their work

2016 Dates: TBA

    Organizational Development SIG
    Robin Gurien & Diane Spiegel, Co-Leaders

    This SIG provides a forum for internal and external OD practitioners to network and learn from other professionals in the field.

    OD SIG meetings present topics such as mentoring programs, leading change, best practices in employee retention, employee engagement, solving the challenges of supervisor and management training, and many others. 

    Location: Brandman University, Room 110
    16355 Laguna Canyon Rd.,Irvine 92618

    The OD SIG meets every other month on the first Tuesday from
    7:30 to 9:00 am.

    2016 Dates: TBA

      Trainers SIG
      Anthony Harmetz
      , Leader

      This SIG helps classroom trainers build their presentation and delivery skills. This is your opportunity to: 
      • Learn from experienced facilitators
      • Network with other professionals
      • Practice and increase your skills.
      The Trainers SIG meets bi-monthly, and covers a wide range of topics, including presentation skills, effective delivery, and accessing resources.

      Regardless of your experience level, you come away with valuable information and new capabilities!

      Who should attend:
      • Trainers – both experienced and those building a new practice
      • Training managers, instructional designers, and SMEs who deliver presentations
      • Students and professionals in transition who want to know more about training and building skills.

      Training Managers Meet Up
      Anthony Harmetz, Karen Wales, Lori Schnaider, Co-Leaders

      Training Manager Meet Ups (TMMU) are a series of quarterly meetings that bring together those responsible for managing the employee training function. Its purpose is to help them develop relationships, share experiences, tools, resources, and best practices with one another. Participants in TMMU are
      • Training Supervisors
      • Managers
      • Directors
      • Vice Presidents 
      The group meets quarterly at various locations across Orange County.

      If you are: (1) responsible for the training function in your organization, or (2) responsible for managing training programs/personnel at your organization, contact us to be placed on the mailing list for these events. Email us at TMMU@astdoc.org.

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