Leadership faces may have changed, but NWA-ASTD's message and goal remain the same. We want to create a community where learning professionals can connect and communicate freely about their interest in the world of talent development and human performance. So we reached out to our fellow T&D folks to help us rediscover our message through a more excited chapter, looking to liven things up and deliver on its promise. And what a better way to start than with the words we use.
After putting it to you – and receiving many wonderful submissions – we found a winning suggestion. Congratulations to Scott Sutton, who helped us with our new chapter tagline and slogan.
Slogan: Expanding perspectives, inspiring creativity, equipping learners.
Sutton, of the Merchant Development team at Walmart, shares these words on his inspiration for our new tagline and slogan:
“In writing the slogan submission, I wanted to capture the things that I find especially beneficial about the kinds of things that the local ASTD chapter does:
Expanding perspectives. Everyone who comes to ASTD comes with a different story. Different professional experiences. Different personal experiences. Different industries, cultures, disciplines and educations. Each of those stories is a unique perspective on what works, what’s possible, and how we approach our profession. ASTD is a venue where all of those stories can come together to expand the perspectives of everyone in the room. By expanding one another’s perspectives, we all become more effective both personally and professionally.
Inspiring creativity. When I think of some of the most creative people throughout history – writers, athletes, musicians and other artists – they seem to have a tendency to find one another. Typically, it’s several people with a passion for what they do and a vision for how they can take it to the next level deciding that rather than do their art alone, they’ll do it together. Together they try new things. Sometimes they fail and they learn from those failures. Sometimes they’re wildly successful and shatter the boundaries of what people have come to accept as normal. But they are always pushing each other. And when one has a breakthrough, everyone else feels inspired to break through even further. It’s competition. But it’s friendly. And it’s fun. And everyone becomes better because of it.
Equipping learners. In addition to emphasizing the more aspirational benefits of the ASTD chapter, it’s also important to stress the more tangible, practical benefits. In this venue, we have an opportunity to equip one another with the tools that we find most useful for accomplishing our work: frameworks, models, methodologies, skillsets, templates, etc. By taking these tools back to our workplaces, we have an opportunity to enhance the credibility and impact of our profession within our organizations.”
From the board, we thank Scott for his contribution and for being one of our newest members.
10 Jun 2013 4:00 PM • Web Conference
18 Jun 2013 4:30 PM • Rockfish Interactive 3100 Market St #100, Rogers, AR
Welcome to our newest NWA-ASTD members!
Joseph Sweeden and Scott Sutton
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Joseph Sweeden What are the 3 most important things a colleague should know about you?
Where do you work, and what is your role?
- I am a 25 year veteran of the training profession and of ASTD (past president of the central Arkansas Chapter)
- I am retired from L'Oreal but hope to continue my professional career through consulting, part-time work, etc. I am still teaching for Webster University, LRAFB campus.
- I am ready and willing to get involved in NWA ASTD through committees and projects as needed.
I was Training Manager for L'Oreal USA's "Maybelline" manufacturing plant in North Little Rock until May 1. I was a one-person T&D department so my role was to support the plant with effective HRD strategies, including training, recruitment and other HR projects, and OD projects such as cultural transformation.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing our profession?
Staying on top of emerging technology (join NWA-ASTD on June 18 for a program focused on technology) without losing our impact as training professionals. Technology will help us better facilitate learning but is not a substitute for effective training methodology. Trainers must take charge and select technology that enhances the learning process (one of many tools in their toolbox) rather than become victim to trends and flavors of the month.
What do you want to experience as part of the NWA-ASTD Community?
I am entering a new phase in my professional career and look to ASTD as I always have to be a key source of learning, networking and opportunity.
What was the best advice you received as it relates to being in TD?
When I first entered the training function I attended an AMA "Train-the-Trainer" workshop in New York City. The trainer recommended joining ASTD as one of the most important sources of continued learning. I found this to be very true and have often told new trainers that most of what I know about my profession I learned through ASTD.
What 3 books do you recommend every TD professional should read?
Good to Great, Jim Collins; Transitions, William Bridges; Real Dream Teams, Bo Thomas and Bob Fisher
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