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

    • Tue, May 09, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618

    Motorola was a brilliant 84-year old company with a legendary past of innovation and excellence.  The problem was, that was the ‘past’, and the present was looking much tougher. This session is about the story of that transformation, with special focus on measuring what matters. 

    That story is close to my heart, because I helped to lead it.  Join me for a hands-on, practical dive into this historic change, the good, the bad, and the simple but powerful tools that resulted. 

    We’ll talk about Agile, Lean, and the measurement practices that enabled the change, and produced important results… quickly.    

    This program will help you improve your ability to:

    • Approach large scale change strategically
    • Develop tools and measures that drive the kinds of results the business cares about
    • Challenge your own status quo to drive positive change

    Our program includes a presentation and discussion of the Motorola case study, a new performance management model that was central to the change, and a look at organizations as systems.  This is a WORKshop, rather than a lecture, and will be highly interactive, so please come ready to share and learn. 

    Yeah, that’s a lot for 90 minutes, so bring your A-game and come prepared to participate!

    About Our Case Study Presenter: Aaron Shaffer, Psy.D.

    With over 20 years of international experience across a range of industries, Dr. Aaron Shaffer focuses on driving excellence and competitive advantage in individuals, teams and organizations. Working with organizations to achieve their goals, he brings in-depth of knowledge and experience in integrated talent management, organizational and leadership development, coaching, team building, workforce analytics, surveys, continuous improvement and performance management. Aaron is partner at Shaffer Psychological Institute.

    Agenda:

    8:00 AM      Arrival and informal networking

    8:15 AM      Program Begins    

    8:20 AM      Change Model & Group Discussion

    8:40 AM      Case Study & Presentation

    9:25 AM      Personal application

    9:30 AM      Close

    Questions? Contact SIG Co-Leaders, Denise Lamonte (714-243-9733) or Susmitha Valvekar (401-339-3456)

    • Wed, May 10, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618
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    We’re back!  Join us for the first in-person Training Manger Meet Up (TMMU) of the year.  Designed for management personnel responsible for their organization’s training and performance improvement teams, department or function, the Training Management Meet Ups are a place to share the challenges, opportunities, and joys of training management with each other—as well as to learn from one another and industry experts.

    Our May meeting will focus on:

    • Table topic discussions where you’ll share BUMPBest Underutilized Management Practices
    • Formal and Informal networking
    • Introducing the group’s new meeting format which combine webinars provided by topic experts with in-person meetings focused on those topics throughout the year.

    This first meeting will be free to both ATD-OC members and non-members alike so that everyone will have the chance to check out the group, make connections, and learn from each other.

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    Training Manager Meet Ups (TMMU) are a series of quarterly webinars and in-person meetings.  We invite all who hold a leadership role to join in our discussion.    

    • The TMMU webinars are open to all.
    • The TMMU in-person meetings are open to management personnel in the HR, Training, Performance Improvement, or Organizational Development functions to include: Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers and Supervisors.
    • Thu, May 18, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Your nearest computer connection

    Once the Program Outline has been approved, the next iterative design document for our eLearning project will be the storyboard.

    Designing eLearning content requires the marshalling of several disparate assets into one visual package.  Before we begin this herculean effort, we want to script out exactly what that visual package will include.  A storyboard documents, among other things:

    • what the learner will see and hear
    • how the learner will interact with the content
    • how the learner will navigate through the course

    In ATD-OC's May Training and Technology Special Interest Group, we will discuss the benefits of creating a storyboard before diving into the deep end that is eLearning development.  We will examine different storyboard templates, and how to turn those templates into an effective blueprint for your eLearning. 

    If you've already created your own storyboard, we invite you to share your template with us and how it aided (or hindered) your course development.


    Attendance is exclusive to ATD-Orange County members.

    Why members only?

    ATD-Orange County prides itself on providing a community in which its members can professionally develop themselves through unique opportunities that don't necessarily exist in the world of online videos and networking seminars. This SIG is such an opportunity: a blend of practical knowledge, experiential learning, and partnerships unique to Orange County.

    Attendance is exclusive to ATD-Orange County Members. Join now, if you are not a member.

    • Fri, May 19, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618
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    Analogies are one of the most powerful tools in a trainer’s toolkit, and a trainer’s skill in creating and using analogies can make a big difference to their learners.

    As you know, an analogy is a comparison of one thing to another that is quite different from it. Why’s it important to hone your analogy-making skill?  Here are a few reasons:

    • Analogies make difficult information easy to understand.  Concepts and other information that are challenging, complex, intimidating, and/or unfamiliar become suddenly easy to grasp with the right analogy. 
    • Analogies enable long-term retention.  Somehow, humans are wired to remember analogies long after they’ve been used.
    • Analogies are fun—they spice up a training sessions, engage your learners, and provide quick bursts of excitement.

    In the May Trainer’s Special Interest Group meeting, we’ll focus on how you can leverage analogies in your daily training interactions and do it organically and easily.  We’ll work on:

    • How to build the right analogy into your presentation in advance.
    • Developing your ability to create great analogies in real-time, making your training presentations more dynamic and exciting
    • Specific actions you can take to connect with new or seasoned trainees through analogies, both in formal training sessions and your one-on-one interactions

    We could go on and on about the benefits of analogies, but we’ll add just one more:  Analogies are easy to pass on.  People leave your training sessions and pass on their learning to others without realizing they’re serving as your emissaries each time they share your analogies.   

    Join us on May 19th to take your use of analogies to the next level.

    About Our Presenter

    Jesús Ávalos is a training professional with over a decade’s worth of experience designing, developing, and delivering training, and managing teams of trainers.  Jesus has helped ATD-OC in the past by serving as a facilitator for the Total Trainer Series. 

Past events

Thu, April 20, 2017 [Webinar] Training and Technology SIG: Conducting an online analysis interview
Mon, April 10, 2017 BizSIG [VIRTUAL] ~ Learning and Development: Does It Need to Be Transformed?
Mon, April 10, 2017 BizSIG [ONSITE] ~ Learning and Development: Does It Need to Be Transformed?
Fri, March 17, 2017 Trainers' SIG ~ Sweaty Palms and Tied Tongues: Dealing with Anxiety
Thu, March 16, 2017 Training and Technology SIG: The Heart At The Start -- the Needs Analysis
Mon, March 13, 2017 President's Book Club
Mon, March 13, 2017 BizSIG [VIRTUAL] ~ Discover your Superpowers! ~ Powerful Personal Branding to Stay Relevant and in High Demand
Mon, March 13, 2017 BizSIG [ONSITE] ~ Discover your Superpowers! ~ Powerful Personal Branding to Stay Relevant and in High Demand
Tue, March 07, 2017 Change Leadership SIG ~ Using a Change Coalition to Mobilize Grass Roots Change in Your Organization
Thu, February 16, 2017 [Webinar] Training and Technology SIG: Design Methodologies
Thu, January 19, 2017 [Webinar] Introducing: Training and Technology SIG
Tue, January 17, 2017 [Webinar] Introducing: Training and Technology SIG
Tue, January 10, 2017 Change Leadership SIG ~ Getting Vocal Change-Resistant Leaders to Become Change Champions
Fri, November 18, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Interactive Flip Charts
Tue, October 04, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Subject Matter Experts Afraid of Change? How to Address Resistance Related to Expertise and Tenure
Fri, September 16, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Energy—The Unseen Force
Mon, September 12, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: Planning Session
Fri, July 15, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Q & A: An Opportunity to Shine
Mon, June 13, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations
Mon, June 13, 2016 BizSIG ~ ONSITE: Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations
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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