I’m running late on this post. I attended the ASTD Leader’s Conference in the middle of October. I have to say that it is one of the best conferences I’ve attended. It a small conference for leader’s of ASTD chapters. I served as President for 3 years of our local Hattiesburg GIG (Geographical Interest Group) which is part of the Mississippi Chapter of ASTD. I am currently the Past-President, but this was my first opportunity to attend this conference. A friend and fellow ASTD officer and I co-facilitated a session on “Communication Across a Geographically Disperse Chapter.”
This conference renewed my excitement and energy in the field of training and development and ASTD. Training and development continues to be my passion, but my career has drifted away from this. Having the opportunity to network and learn from other professionals in the field re sparked my passion and left me with my mind racing with ideas. The conference had some awesome keynote speakers including Jim Smith, Jr., Lou Russell, and Heather Richetto-Rumley. All three speakers gave interactive, amazing, and inspirational talks. I also loved that the conference gave us so many opportunities to connect with others who share the same passion.