SIG events

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.  

Oh! If you were looking for a list of our Monthly Learning Events, you can find them here.

If you were looking for a schedule of longer form workshops, they can be found here.

We hope to see you soon!


Upcoming events

    • Mon, June 13, 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618
    • 27
    Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations

    Click here for the Virtual Session

    For over 100 years, Harvard Business School has been one of the world’s leading schools of business administration, but like every other business school, Harvard must change to respond to the changing needs of individual executives and global businesses.  In the past few years, Harvard has made significant changes to its MBA program, adding a new focus on “field method” learning, while retaining the case method at the core of the program, and refusing to reduce the length of the program (two years) or offer a non-residential “executive MBA.”  As HBS invests heavily in expanding its online learning offerings through Harvard Business Publishing and “HBX Live,” the School has invested even more in expanding and renewing its campus facilities in Boston. 

    Dr. Dowd will share his views on market forces driving change in executive education, considering both open enrollment programs and custom programs.

    Dr. Dowd will be presenting virtually from Boston, MA.

    About our Presenter: James J. Dowd, Senior Fellow, Managing Director, Executive Education

    James J. Dowd is Senior Fellow in Executive Education at Harvard Business School, a faculty appointment he has held since 2004.  In that role, he works closely with CEOs, CHROs, and their teams to design and deliver custom executive education programs.  In addition to teaching leadership and change, he typically serves as faculty chair in these programs, engaging faculty colleagues with relevant expertise to join the program team, and coordinating overall program delivery.

    From 1994 to 2004 Jim Dowd was Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD, a leading institute for executive education located in Lausanne, Switzerland.  For five years he was a member of IMD’s Management Committee with responsibility for the portfolio of custom-designed partnership programs.  From 1994 to 1999 he directed IMD’s open enrollment program Mobilizing People, focusing on leadership and teamwork. 

    As a consultant, Jim Dowd has worked closely with top executive teams in international companies in organizational change and development, advising in processes of executive team-building and large-scale organizational change over several years. On an individual level, he also works with senior executives managing major career transitions and developing new leadership behaviors to fit changing role requirements. He designs and facilitates senior management team-building programs as well as executive education programs addressing the behavioral implications of major strategic and cultural change.

    Before joining IMD in 1994, Jim Dowd was a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia, teaching management and organizational behavior courses at both the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  He received several university-wide teaching awards at Virginia, and he was similarly recognized for outstanding teaching as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College.  

    Jim Dowd earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard College.  He later earned an MBA and a Doctorate of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School, specializing in organizational behavior.

    Full BizSIG Agenda:

    10:00 to 10:45    TBD

    10:45 to 11:00    BREAK

    11:00 to 12:00    Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations

    12:00 to 1:00      Networking Session

    Register now for the BizSIG. At this time, there are only 30 onsite seats available and 30 virtual seats available for this program.

    Event pricing….

    There is always event pricing for the BizSIG. Part of the money supports the chapter, part is compensation for our speakers, and part is used for special equipment.

    • BizSIG members: $10 (you must be logged in and use your special BizSIG code to access this rate)
    • ATD-OC members and affiliates: $20
    • Non-members: $35

    For information on becoming a BizSIG member, click here.

    • Mon, June 13, 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Access information provided in the registration confirmation email
    • 28
    Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations

    Click here for the Onsite Session

    For over 100 years, Harvard Business School has been one of the world’s leading schools of business administration, but like every other business school, Harvard must change to respond to the changing needs of individual executives and global businesses.  In the past few years, Harvard has made significant changes to its MBA program, adding a new focus on “field method” learning, while retaining the case method at the core of the program, and refusing to reduce the length of the program (two years) or offer a non-residential “executive MBA.”  As HBS invests heavily in expanding its online learning offerings through Harvard Business Publishing and “HBX Live,” the School has invested even more in expanding and renewing its campus facilities in Boston. 

    Dr. Dowd will share his views on market forces driving change in executive education, considering both open enrollment programs and custom programs.

    Dr. Dowd will be presenting virtually from Boston, MA.

    About our Presenter: James J. Dowd, Senior Fellow, Managing Director, Executive Education

    James J. Dowd is Senior Fellow in Executive Education at Harvard Business School, a faculty appointment he has held since 2004.  In that role, he works closely with CEOs, CHROs, and their teams to design and deliver custom executive education programs.  In addition to teaching leadership and change, he typically serves as faculty chair in these programs, engaging faculty colleagues with relevant expertise to join the program team, and coordinating overall program delivery.

    From 1994 to 2004 Jim Dowd was Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD, a leading institute for executive education located in Lausanne, Switzerland.  For five years he was a member of IMD’s Management Committee with responsibility for the portfolio of custom-designed partnership programs.  From 1994 to 1999 he directed IMD’s open enrollment program Mobilizing People, focusing on leadership and teamwork. 

    As a consultant, Jim Dowd has worked closely with top executive teams in international companies in organizational change and development, advising in processes of executive team-building and large-scale organizational change over several years. On an individual level, he also works with senior executives managing major career transitions and developing new leadership behaviors to fit changing role requirements. He designs and facilitates senior management team-building programs as well as executive education programs addressing the behavioral implications of major strategic and cultural change.

    Before joining IMD in 1994, Jim Dowd was a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia, teaching management and organizational behavior courses at both the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  He received several university-wide teaching awards at Virginia, and he was similarly recognized for outstanding teaching as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College.  

    Jim Dowd earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard College.  He later earned an MBA and a Doctorate of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School, specializing in organizational behavior.

    Full BizSIG Agenda:

    10:00 to 10:45    TBD

    10:45 to 11:00    BREAK

    11:00 to 12:00    Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations

    12:00 to 1:00      Networking Session

    Register now for the BizSIG. At this time, there are only 30 onsite seats available and 30 virtual seats available for this program.

    Event pricing….

    There is always event pricing for the BizSIG. Part of the money supports the chapter, part is compensation for our speakers, and part is used for special equipment.

    • BizSIG members: $10 (you must be logged in and use your special BizSIG code to access this rate)
    • ATD-OC members and affiliates: $20
    • Non-members: $35

    For information on becoming a BizSIG member, click here.

    • Tue, August 02, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618

    Perspectives From A Change Leadership Tribal Elder ~ Part 1

    When do we get the opportunity to sit down with seasoned practitioners in our field and learn from their experience and wisdom? Not often enough! That is why the Change Leadership SIG is taking two meetings in 2016 to do just that with ATD-OC’s 1978 Past President, Ray Burch.

    In this program you will benefit from Ray’s 40 years of experience as an organizational development consultant. Part 1 will focus on:

    • Key tactics in psychological contracting with internal/external clients
    • The components of the change contracting dialogue

    Don’t miss this opportunity to build a foundation of basics for use in all of your change management and organization development work.

    About Presenter...

    Ray Burch, Chairman, Louis Allen Worldwide; ATD-OC 1978 President     

    Ray is known affectionately by his clients as “Coach”. He is a seasoned and effective facilitator whether it is “coaching” a senior executive, developing a leadership team, or building managerial competency. Ray has almost 40 years of OD consulting experience in 27 countries. He is featured speaker at international conferences and association meetings.

    Ray is also a US and World Volleyball Masters Champion and blends this passion into leadership consulting and coaching.

    Agenda (Please note new times):

    8:00 AM      Arrival and informal networking

    8:15 AM      Welcome     

    8:20 AM      Introduction and Structured Networking

    8:40 AM      Presentation

    9:25 AM      Personal application

    9:30 AM      Close

    Questions?

    Contact SIG Co-Leaders, Denise Lamonte (714-342-9733; deniselamonte@icloud.com) or Lisa Kolbe (Lisa.Kolbe@adp.com)

    • Tue, October 04, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618

    Perspectives From A Change Leadership Tribal Elder ~ Part 2

    When do we get the opportunity to sit down with seasoned practitioners in our field and learn from their experience and wisdom? This will be our second opportunity to do this with ATD-OC’s 1978 Past President, Ray Burch.

    In this program you will benefit from Ray’s 40 years of experience as an organizational development consultant. Part 2 will:

    • Explore fundamentals of internal/external consulting
    • Provide reliable go-to models for any organizational change conversation

    Don’t miss this opportunity to build a foundation of basics for use in all of your change management and organization development work.

    About Presenter...

    Ray Burch, Chairman, Louis Allen Worldwide; ATD-OC 1978 President     

    Ray is known affectionately by his clients as “Coach”. He is a seasoned and effective facilitator whether it is “coaching” a senior executive, developing a leadership team, or building managerial competency. Ray has almost 40 years of OD consulting experience in 27 countries. He is featured speaker at international conferences and association meetings.

    Ray is also a US and World Volleyball Masters Champion and blends this passion into leadership consulting and coaching.

    Agenda (Please note new times):

    8:00 AM      Arrival and informal networking

    8:15 AM      Welcome     

    8:20 AM      Introduction and Structured Networking

    8:40 AM      Presentation

    9:25 AM      Personal application

    9:30 AM      Close

    Questions?

    Contact SIG Co-Leaders, Denise Lamonte (714-342-9733; deniselamonte@icloud.com) or Lisa Kolbe (Lisa.Kolbe@adp.com)

Past events

Fri, May 20, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Making Learning Stick: Increasing Training Transfer
Mon, May 09, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: It’s Alive! Pump life into your virtual programs with LOLA’s ~ Presented by Thiagi
Mon, May 09, 2016 BizSIG ~ ONSITE: It’s Alive! Pump life into your virtual programs with LOLA’s ~ Presented by Thiagi
Tue, May 03, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Using a Combined Internal & External Project Team to Lead a Major Organizational Change
Fri, March 18, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Drawing While Training
Mon, March 14, 2016 BizSIG ~ Your Online Platform: Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand ~ Live Session
Mon, March 14, 2016 BizSIG ~ Your Online Platform: Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand ~ Virtual Session
Tue, March 01, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Interpersonal Communication Model for Successful Change: How Speaking the Same Language Changed a Company
Mon, February 08, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Taking Action ~ Virtual Session
Mon, February 08, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Taking Action ~ Live Session
Fri, January 22, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Training Tips & Tools from 27 Years
Mon, January 11, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Entry and Contracting!
Tue, January 05, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Getting Leaders Un-Stuck so the Change Will Stick
Mon, December 14, 2015 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Entry and Contracting!
Fri, November 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Opening & Closing Your Training Session
Tue, November 10, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ Coaching for Behavior Change at ADP©
Mon, November 09, 2015 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation!
Mon, October 12, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: Feedback and Decision to Act
Fri, September 18, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Posture, Power & Presence
Mon, September 14, 2015 BizSIG ~ Discussion: ATD-OC Program Team Survey Results
Tue, September 08, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ Communication Plans That Get Truth To Travel Faster Than Rumor
Fri, July 17, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Training From the RIGHT Side
Tue, July 07, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ How to Get Stakeholders to Agree to and Support Organizational Transformation
Tue, June 09, 2015 OD SIG ~ Join the HOT TOPICS conversation!
Mon, June 08, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: The Discovery and Dialogue
Fri, May 15, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Participative Techniques to Energize Training Sessions
Mon, May 11, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: The First Encounter
Tue, May 05, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ How To Empower Broad-Based Action to Achieve Organizational Change
Mon, April 13, 2015 BizSIG ~ Produce it Like a Pro: DIY Video Marketing for Internal and External Consultants and Trainers
Fri, March 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Behind Enemy Lines: Communicating With a Hostile Audience
Mon, March 09, 2015 BizSIG ~ Kick-off Meeting: LinkedIn Power Session
Tue, March 03, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ A Simple Technology Change Isn’t Always so Simple
Fri, February 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Making Training a Conversation
Tue, February 03, 2015 OD SIG ~ Growing ADP’s Client Experience Culture, Climate, and Organization
Tue, December 09, 2014 OD SIG ~ Navigating a Culture Shift
Tue, October 07, 2014 OD SIG ~ What’s so Difficult about Leading Across Borders and Cultures?
Fri, September 19, 2014 Trainers' SIG ~ Presenting when You are Not In the Room: Designing and Delivering Engaging Online Training
Thu, September 18, 2014 Training Managers Meet Up (TMMU) SIG: Developing Employees The Capital Group Companies Way
Thu, August 07, 2014 Technology SIG ~ ONLINE ~ 3 Photoshop Tips for Trainers
Tue, August 05, 2014 OD SIG ~ NeuroLeadership in Action
Fri, July 18, 2014 Trainers SIG ~ Type & Training: Tips to Make Learning Stick
Tue, June 03, 2014 OD SIG ~ The Drama Free Workplace: Navigating Workplace Conflict & Relationships
Fri, May 16, 2014 Trainers SIG ~ Talking about Yourself While Training
Tue, April 01, 2014 OD SIG ~ University-Corporate Partnerships: Case Studies, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Fri, March 28, 2014 Trainer's SIG ~ "How Do I Respond to That?"
Wed, February 19, 2014 Training Managers Meet Up (TMMU) SIG: Shift Your Culture from Training to Development
Tue, February 11, 2014 Technology SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Optimizing PowerPoint: Exploring Under-Utilized Tools for Design
Tue, February 04, 2014 OD SIG ~ Get off My Damn Lawn!: The Truth About Generational Differences at Work
Tue, January 07, 2014 OD SIG ~ New 2014 Schedule
Tue, December 10, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Facilitating Over The Web -- Best Practices and Free Tools
Fri, November 15, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Making Your Participants Feel Great!
Tue, November 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Protecting Your Health and the Health of Your Business
Tue, October 01, 2013 OD SIG ~ Bring on the New Grads! We’ll Turn Them into Leaders
Fri, September 20, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ The Art of Emotional Training
Tue, September 10, 2013 OD SIG ~ The Power of Intent
Tue, August 06, 2013 OD SIG ~ Executive Buy-In and It's Importance In Improving Employee Engagement
Fri, July 19, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Transforming Learning Through Facilitation
Tue, July 09, 2013 OD SIG ~ Business + Social Purpose: Partnerships that Work
Tue, June 04, 2013 OD SIG ~ OD's role in the Journey of Enhancing the Customer Experience
Fri, May 17, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Tired of Being a Talking Head
Tue, May 07, 2013 OD SIG ~ Leadership Development at Edwards Lifesciences~ A case study to align HR Business Partners & Center of Excellence
Tue, April 02, 2013 OD SIG ~ A Customer-Centric Approach to Developing Talent Management Solutions
Fri, March 15, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Moving while Training
Tue, March 12, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ Learning What You Should Already Know – Microsoft Word for L&D Professionals
Tue, March 12, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Learning What You Should Already Know – Microsoft Word for L&D Professionals
Tue, March 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Take the Lead -- OD’s Critical Role in M&As
Tue, February 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Lights, Camera, Communication!
Fri, January 18, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Tell Me a S.T.O.R.Y.: Using Stories for Effective Learning
Tue, January 08, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Fast Track to Captivate 6
Tue, January 08, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ Fast Track to Captivate 6
Tue, January 08, 2013 OD SIG ~ True Grit: Creating and Launching a Supervisor Development Program Against the Odds
Tue, December 11, 2012 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ How Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning
Tue, December 11, 2012 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ How Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning
Tue, November 06, 2012 OD SIG ~ Mentoring Programs that Make a Difference
Tue, October 02, 2012 OD SIG ~ Integrated Talent Management (ITM) at Motorola/Google – A Real-World Example
Tue, September 11, 2012 OD SIG ~ BASE - Bring Adaptability with Speed and Ease
Tue, August 14, 2012 Technology Tidbits ~ No Meeting in August
Tue, August 07, 2012 OD SIG ~ No Meeting
Tue, July 10, 2012 OD SIG ~ “Chemistry” & the Politics of Business
Tue, June 12, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE ~ QR Codes in your Training: Improving Learning and Performance
Tue, June 12, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE ~ QR Codes in your Training: Improving Learning and Performance
Tue, June 05, 2012 OD SIG ~ How OC's Leading Corporations Manage, Develop, and Retain Top Talent
Tue, May 08, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE ~ What is the next frontier for Learning Management Systems?
Tue, May 08, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE ~ What is the next frontier for Learning Management Systems?
Tue, May 01, 2012 OD SIG ~ Organization Design for the Real World—Points on a Star, Not Boxes on a Chart
Fri, April 13, 2012 Cancelled: Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, April 03, 2012 OD SIG ~ Dark-no meeting
Tue, March 13, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE: How Social Media Can Support Trainers: The Articulate Community Case Study (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, March 13, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE: How Social Media Can Support Trainers: The Articulate Community Case Study (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Sat, March 10, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, March 06, 2012 OD SIG ~ Improvisation at Work
Tue, February 14, 2012 OD SIG ~ Leadership Lessons from Today's Global Organizations - A Candid Conversation with Professor Judy B. Rosener
Sat, February 11, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Sat, January 14, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, January 10, 2012 Technology Tidbits: Getting caught up with the newest technologies for 2012 - ONLINE (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, January 10, 2012 Technology Tidbits: Getting caught up with the newest technologies for 2012 - LIVE (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, January 10, 2012 OD SIG ~ The Evolution of Coaching as a Leadership Practice
Sat, November 12, 2011 Career Management SIG -- Member Progress Reports and Future Directions
Tue, November 08, 2011 Mobile Learning-Using QR codes to deliver workplace learning - ONLINE SESSION (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, November 08, 2011 Mobile Learning-Using QR codes to deliver workplace learning - Live (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, November 01, 2011 OD SIG presents Julie Holdaway, OneOC
Sat, October 08, 2011 Career Management SIG -- Progress update
Tue, October 04, 2011 Develop Your Edge at Sony Electronics. (OD SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 Training in the Electronic Age - Online (Training and Technology SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 Training in the Electronic Age - Live (Training and Technology SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 When SMART Goals Aren't Enough -- OD SIG Meetup
Sat, September 10, 2011 Career Management SIG: Building your Training Portfolio
Wed, September 07, 2011 Organization Development Best Practices Certificate (Brandman University)
Sat, August 13, 2011 Career Management SIG: Identifying and Using your strengths in your Career Development
Tue, August 02, 2011 OD SIG -- From "Out of Bounds" to "Game On!"
Sat, May 14, 2011 Career Management SIG
Tue, May 03, 2011 OD SIG


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