Special Interest Groups

Meetups for Niche Interests

Special Interest Groups (SIGS) are smaller, more focused gatherings intended to provide ATD-OC members with opportunities to explore specific areas of interest, and to network with other professionals who share those interests. 

Except for the BizSiG, attending SIGs is free for members, and $15 for non-members, for both live and online meetings. Everyone with an interest is welcome; however, seating at live SIG meetings is limited. These meetings fill quickly, and members are given priority. Fees for non-members will be collected at the time of registration.

Chapter membership gives many benefits -- such as attending SIGs for free, plus discounts on monthly learning events and workshops! Annual membership costs less than the non-member cost of seven SIG meetings. Join now, and get free priority registration at the SIGs of your choice!

We have excellent topics and speakers on the SIG schedule, so if you've been waiting to join ATD-OC, now is the time.

Visit our Events Calendar to register for upcoming SIG meetings mentioned below.

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The BizSIG meets the 2nd Monday of the month.

Change Leadership SIG
Denise Lamonte & Susmitha Valvekar, Co-Leaders

This SIG explores change management & leadership models through case studies. This is your opportunity to: 

  • Learn from people who are using change management tools to influence organizational change 
  • Network with other professionals
  • Be exposed to and dig deeper into existing organization change models

The Change Management SIG meets every other month on the first Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Regardless of your experience level, you come away with valuable information and new connections!

Who should attend:

  • Trainers, instructional designers and training managers being asked to produce programs that are a part of organizational change
  • Anyone involved in a change effort
  • All those interested in learning more about change models and how to integrate these into their work

Dates for 2017:

January 10
March 7
May 9
August 8
October 10

Trainers SIG
Anthony Harmetz
, Leader

This SIG helps classroom trainers build their presentation and delivery skills. This is your opportunity to: 
  • Learn from experienced facilitators
  • Network with other professionals
  • Practice and increase your skills.
The Trainers SIG meets every other month on the third Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. , and covers a wide range of topics, including presentation skills, effective delivery, and accessing resources.

Regardless of your experience level, you come away with valuable information and new capabilities!

Who should attend:
  • Trainers – both experienced and those building a new practice
  • Training managers, instructional designers, and SMEs who deliver presentations
  • Students and professionals in transition who want to know more about training and building skills.

Dates for 2017:

March 17
May 19
July 21
September 15
November 19

Training & Technology SIG
Paul Venderley, Leader

ATD Orange County is pleased to announce the 2017 reboot of the Training and Technology Special Interest Group -- a community devoted to the design and development of learning solutions that utilize the technologies impacting the talent development industry.

The Training and Technology SIG intends to provide both opportunity to:

  • learn about the technologies that drive both eLearning and mLearning
  • share among peers the lessons learned for eLearning implementation

Our primary goal: that by the end of the year, each participant will have created a training module that can represent our skills as an eLearning instructional designer.

Note: This group is exclusively for ATD-OC members. You must be a member of the ATD-Orange County Chapter to attend.

Dates for 2017:

March 16 (onsite)
April 20
May 18
June 22 (onsite)

Training Manager Meet Up (TMMU)

Lori Schnaider, Karen Wales, Anthony Harmetz, Co-Leaders

Training Manager Meet Ups (TMMU) are a series of quarterly webinars and in-person meetings open to those who are responsible for managing the employee training function.  

TMMU’s purpose is to help develop peer relationships and share experiences, tools, resources, and best practices with one another.  The TMMU webinars are open to all.  The TMMU in-person meetings are open to management personnel in the HR, Training, Performance Improvement, or Organizational Development functions to include: Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers and Supervisors. 

The group meets via quarterly webinars and quarterly in-person meetings at various locations across Orange County.

2017 Dates:

May 10 onsite meeting

June 7 webinar

August 2 onsite meeting

September 14 webinar

October 12 on site meeting

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