ATD Nashville members,
Happy 2016! I'd like to share some exciting news about changes coming to the chapter this year.
Your board has been working diligently since early fall to plan a great year of new opportunities for our community of talent development professionals to learn, connect, and grow together. We did a lot of listening in 2015, through the member value survey, individual conversations with members at various stages in their careers, and group brainstorming meetings. In response to our findings, the board has adopted a new shared vision and theme for 2016.
Our theme for the year is "The Talent Development LAB." (LAB stands for Learning, Analysis, and Breakthrough.) We have meetings, workshops, professional development opportunities, and other events planned that will allow you to play around with new ideas in a safe environment, and to dive deeper into meaningful skill development by participating in exercises and challenging your own thinking through problem-based learning.
2016 will also be an experimental year in other ways. We have entered into an agreement with an association management company to improve our level of service to members (we're aiming for concierge-level service); this relationship is also intended to free up our volunteer leaders to focus on strategy, value creation, and member connections. This change should allow us to execute on our goal of providing best-in-class professional development.
I hope you'll join us for our January meeting, in which we will connect in more detail on how you can mine ATD resources for growth this year, and will also have some provocative conversation with author David Hutchens about mental model disruption. Given all the changes the chapter is experiencing this year, along with our desire to blow things up and bring you as much value as possible, we have named David our Senior Advisor on Mental Model Disruption. In this role, he will provide counsel to the board on how to move beyond the status quo while honoring all the great things we have done in the past.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our plans or if you'd like to serve in some capacity. We need volunteers in multiple areas to help push our initiatives forward.
See you later this month!
President, ATD Nashville