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American Society for Training and Development Leader’s Conference

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.

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New ASTD Hattiesburg Group

We have started a new ASTD group in Hattiesburg!!  I am very excited about the possibilities of this group.  We are affiliated with the main Mississippi ASTD Chapter as well as with the national ASTD organization.  If you don’t know what ASTD is, it is the American Society for Training & Development.  The focus of this group is to give professionals in the area of training and development, human resource management, human resource development, and organizational development an opportunity to network and learn from other professionals in this field.  We plan to have a variety of speakers at our meetings to talk about issues related to our field, do training on various topics, and motivate us (the 1st Wednesday of every other month).  We have had a great turn out so far.  We will be having our second meeting in August.  To learn more about our group visit the Mississippi ASTD Chapter Web site.

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