Speaker Requests

Speaking at ATD-Orange County is a great way to gain recognition in our local community as an expert in your field.   

What are we looking for?  Events that:

  • Are aligned with the ATD Capabilities (what are those? Select the image, right, for details).
  • Are engaging, packed with activities and opportunities for our learners to apply the skills you are sharing.
  • Looks to the future of the talent development field, OR
  • Takes existing comprehension of a talent development practice to the next level.

Below are specific topics of interest to the Chapter.  Or, if you have another topic of expertise to share, please complete our Speaker Form.

Thank you!

Vice President, Programs
"Learn today what you can do tomorrow."

  • 06/23/2020 6:29 PM | Paul Venderley (Administrator)

    Are you a talent development leader who has been scrambling to develop a plan for furthering the professional development of the employees in your organization? 

    ATD-Orange County is looking for managers and leaders to participate in a panel discussion (virtual) to discuss "Talent Development During, and After, COVID."

    If you have insights you believe you could contribute, please contact Paul Venderley at programs@atdoc.org

  • 02/19/2019 2:22 PM | Paul Venderley (Administrator)

    The workshops that we've held for webinar best practices have primarily focused on designing a webinar that engages the audience. But what about its Development? Its implementation? What do we need to do, behind the scenes to get all those design elements to work?

    For example:

    • How do you set up a poll in GoToTraining?
    • What do you need to get your WebEx Breakout Rooms working?
    • How can you navigate all those Adobe Connect pods?

    If you've got expertise in one (or more) of the common web meeting platforms listed above, we'd love to hear from you

    We'll look for you to share not just what makes your webinars best-in-class, but a behind-the-scenes tour of the top webinar features you use to get them there.

  • 02/12/2019 11:52 PM | Paul Venderley (Administrator)

    This June we’ll be holding the ATD So Cal Family Picnic, and we’re all set to send out the invitations to you and your family, but before we can...

    We’re looking for new and interesting team-building activities.  Something that can be done outdoors, in small groups, in between handfuls of subway sandwiches and potato chips.  Does something come to mind?

    If so, we’d like to learn more!  Send an email to
    Programs@atdoc.org, or complete our Team Builder Activity Form, linked here.

    If  your team building activity is selected, you and one family member will receive admission to the ATD So Cal Family Picnic this June.

    We look forward to hearing from you!



  • 02/12/2019 10:54 PM | Paul Venderley (Administrator)

    "Asking questions about things you can't do anything about to improve the effectiveness of a learning program wastes participant time and may eventually lead to participant frustration."

    Kenneth Phillips

    An ASTD Research report found that the percentage of organizations who measured the reaction of participants to a training initiative was 91.6%. However, the percentage of organizations that believed the evaluation had a high or very high level? 35.9%.

    These numbers aren't surprising. What may be surprising is that we continue to utilize the same tool.

    Dr. Will Thalheimer points to research studies that indicated that the information gleaned from Level One evaluations is virtually uncorrelated with learning results. He challenged that we change the evaluation focus from training specific to learner specific, suggesting that the questions should target:

    • ability of learners to successfully apply what they learned to their work
    • learners’ full comprehension of what was presented to them
    • learners’ capability to remember what they’ve learned
    • level of motivation that learners will bring to implement what they’ve learned
    • post-training resource that will guide and enable learners to persevere in putting their learning into practice

    This is the proposal for our evaluation-focused Learning Event. What best practices can we include in our Level One evaluation to provide actionable training measurements?

    At the end of the event, learners will apply these best practices by updating an existing Level One evaluation.

Sound interesting?  If that's right up your alley, contact us.  Or let us know if you would like to share your expertise with an interactive, engaged audience or if you know someone who would.

Email the ATD-OC Vice President of Programs at programs@atdoc.org.

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