I received a “gentle nudge” today reminding me that I have not updated the president’s blog since May. I hope you enjoyed the summer vacation. I guess this installment will serve as my what I did over summer vacation essay.
The ASTD Board of Directors has undergone some changes. Our 2012 President Elect, Anissa Schroeder, has accepted a new position that will unfortunately take her away from ASTD. She will serve as Vice President of Finance for the remainder of the year. Jeff Beck, formerly Vice President of Communication, has stepped into the position of president elect. Jeff’s wife Mona has taken his place as Vice President of Communication.
Mary Yelken has replaced Janelle Francis as our Vice President of Education and Certification. One of the first things Mary did after joining ASTD was to earn her CPLP. Her experience with and knowledge of this certification process will be a tremendous benefit to our membership. I know many of us have the desire to study for the CPLP…Mary will be the one to light a fire under us.
Lora Yardley has been tapped as the nominee for Vice President of Professional Development. Lora has served on the board for quite a while at the director level and brings a great deal of energy and creativity to ASTD-Lincoln.
Our main concern now is to find someone for the position of Vice President of Finance. The ideal person for this position will be someone with strong organizational skills and someone who has worked with budgets and finances. This person will work closely with Glenda. Anissa has been fulfilling her duties and president elect as well as maintaining the board finances. Anissa is also available to provide guidance to the person who accepts this position. Speak to any board member if you think this might be the right spot for you.
Expect to see a renewed focus on member involvement in the coming months. There are, and will continue to be many opportunities for you to make you membership more active. Whether you wish to serve as a committee member or have aspirations to be a member of the board we will find a place for you to use your strengths.
One last thing, our October event is a tremendous learning opportunity and an incredible bargain. Vital Smarts is a world leader in developing people. Some of us on the board got to experience a shortened version of the Change Anything workshop last year and left wanting more. Seats for this workshop are limited so please enroll soon. This workshop isn’t just for workplace learning professionals as is focuses on the individual’s ability to change. It is an event that anyone from your organization will enjoy.