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Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD Newsletter

May 2011



Welcome to the May Newsletter from the Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD.  We have two events this month.

  1. May 18th Monthly Meeting - Topic "Facilitating Organizational Change"
  2. May 25th CPLP Study Group - Topic "Facilitating Organizational Change"

To quickly navigate our newsletter use the links in our table of contents below.


We will recap what you may have missed last month and give you the details for May's activities.


Our Chapter Events will help you to train, coach, and facilitate others to make substantive change within any organization.  


Charlie Carpenter

ASTD Southwest Florida Chapter  

VP of Communications

Table of Contents
Visit Our New Website
Meet this Month's Meeting Speaker
Feedback from April's Monthly Meeting
CPLP Study Group
Presidents Message
May 2011 Chapter Meeting
TOP 10 List
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Meet this Month's Meeting Speaker



Our speaker this month is Carol Marlow who founded and has managed Creative Dynamics Inc since 1980.   She has partnered with both large and small companies to improve performance and create culture change. Her clients have included Ford Motor, IBM, Dow Chemical, UAW, and Trinity Health.


Carol holds a Master's degree in the Behavioral Sciences and has served as adjunct professor at three major universities

Carol Marlow

in Michigan. She currently provides consulting services throughout Southwest Florida focusing on healthcare organizations.   


She also works part time with the Florida Women's Business Center (FWBC) which is funded by the Small Business Administration.  At the FWBC she provides free business counseling to small business owners and to individuals who are considering starting a business.


In her spare time she enjoys travel with her husband Ron and helping people with their real estate needs as a licensed realtor.


Feedback from April's Monthly Meeting

Anne Schroeder led an energy filled and highly interactive session on Designing Learning.  She opened with a get up off your chair and mingle ice breaker.  Everyone was given an envelope which contained half of a puzzle.  Your task was to find your other half. You either had the "What" statement or the "How" statement associated with Training Design Principles.  It only took a few minutes, we all communicated with each other, and we found our better half!


Anne SchroedeerAnne's training design for our introduction to Training Design Principles featured teamwork, collaboration, and short impactful break outs.  Our April meeting not only provided the attendees with knowledge transfer but was fun as well.  Once again the chapter monthly meeting was value added time well spent.  Don't miss the next meeting on May 18th where the topic is Facilitating Organizational Change.


"I thought that I new so much in designing programs.  Well, I learned even more from Anne Schroeder's approach. Our session was very enlightening and it strongly identified the key ingredients for a creative program. " Kathy Choquette



CPLP Study Group

This Month's Topic is

Facilitating Organizational Change  


Mark your calendars Everyone!  


Our next CPLP Study Group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. You can come right after work. We will meet at Books-a-Million at the Forum. The Study Group will discuss Facilitating Organizational Change.


CPLP STUDY GROUP April 27th Feedback

The CPLP Study Group met on Wednesday, April 27, to discuss the topic, Designing Learning.  This same topic was covered by Anne Schroeder at the monthly ASTD meeting on April 20.  Her presentation was interactive and covered how to complete a successful training design.


The intent of the CPLP Study Group is to complement the monthly meetings with additional specifics in the Areas of Expertise (AOE).  Our goal is to help anyone interested in the topic and those planning to take the CPLP certification with additional study and discussion time.


What was different about this session?  To add some structure we used the flash cards from the CPLP Study Guide Packet.  This was a bit like playing trivial pursuit except all of the questions were centered on designing learning.  The team had fun answering the questions and found that we all learned something.  


Another advantage of this study group is that we can talk with other professionals in our area and learn some new concepts just through our sharing, discussing and of course drinking the coffee of our choice!


Since our members indicated an interest in learning more about the nine AOEs in the CPLP Certification, we invite everyone to attend-whether or not you are interested in the certification exam.  Over the course of the year the study group will review all nine AOEs.  The CPLP AOEs comprise the following topics.


1.     Designing Learning

2.     Delivering Training

3.     Improving Human Performance

4.     Measuring and Evaluating

5.     Facilitating Organizational Change

6.     Managing the Learning Function

7.     Coaching

8.     Managing Organizational Knowledge

9.     Career Planning and Talent Management


When:  Wednesday, May 25
 Facilitating Organizational Change  Schedule:  Every 4th Wednesday to study the topic presented at the ASTD Monthly Member meeting.
Time:  5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location:  Books-a-Million at the Forum on Colonial off of I-75
Approach:   Guided discussions following the ASTD CPLP handbook. 
Please RSVP and we will provide any details you may need. 

President's Message
President Lorna Kibbey

As we move quickly from Spring to Summer, the excitement continues to build with ASTD SW FL! Our meetings this year are amazing - informative and thought provoking. This year has been most enjoyable - our chapter is active and growing. People are seeking us out as our reputation for professional excellence spreads.

I had an interesting discussion with my daughter this week. She tells me it's hard being the kid of a motivational speaker. She says I'm always eager to point out the good and sometimes a person just wants to whine. Well my friends, we've got nothing to whine about in SW FL. Here are just a few things I'm really excited about!

ˇ       I'm very excited to welcome new members and very thankful to everyone who has renewed.

ˇ       As you know, we meet the third Wednesday of every month. If that isn't fun enough, we also have a meeting the fourth Wednesday for a more in depth discussion of our meeting topic. As much as I love our regular meeting, I thoroughly enjoy the study group meeting that happens the week after.

ˇ       We have been nominated for a National Award! We'll find out this summer if we won - either way, this is a first for our Chapter.

ˇ       Your Board is doing a fantastic job of working toward the goals we set for the year!

ˇ       Keiser University's Director of Student Services (Therese Cinotto) contacted me and I accepted her invitation for a tour of their Fort Myers facilities. I really enjoyed meeting the folks there and was quite impressed with what they are doing. Word is that we'll get two new members as a result and I'm sure we'll have a strong relationship in the future.

ˇ       FGCU's Florida Institute of Government (Joanne Hartke) has made it possible for us to have our monthly meetings in a most excellent environment!

ˇ       The ASTD International Convention and Exposition will be in Orlando this year - May 22 through 25. You can find more information on the National Website. I'll be attending for the first time (there's still time to come volunteer with me - one day of volunteer work = one day at the conference).

There's more but I'll stop for now with one last thing. I'm very excited that you can learn more about ALL of these things on our happening new website

I'm always open for your input. You can call or write anytime - or, you can use our blog at

Thanks to everyone!

Lorna Kibbey

Your Southwest FL ASTD Chapter President 

Thank you for reading and enjoying this month's newsletter.  Our chapter is vibrant and growing.

Attend a meeting and you will find it to be value adding.



Charlie Carpenter
ASTD SW FL - VP of Communications 

May 18, 2011 Chapter Meeting

Facilitating Organizational Change 


Join us for the monthly meeting of the Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD.   


Leading, managing, and facilitating change within organizations requires the understanding of systems. How systems affect processes and where a systematic solution is not only useful but central to the facilitation of organizational change.


What motivates the employees will vary, but your understanding of motivating factors is perhaps the most critical element to consider when implementing organizational change to minimize resistance, turnover, and failure to institutionalize the change.


Effective communication is tied directly to successful organizational change.


On our ongoing journey to offer sessions based on the ASTD Areas of Expertise, please join Carol Marlow for an enlightening session discussing the key ingredients for facilitating organizational change! 


Attendees will learn how various systems and theories can help facilitate change and how a learning culture can support a change process.


Outline of Topics to be Covered


Systems Thinking

  • Benefits
  • Characteristics
  • Perspectives

Develop a Learning Culture

  • Undermining Factors
  • Contributing Factors

Role of Workplace Learning Professional

  • Facilitating Change
  • Define Current State
  • Define Measurable Outcomes
  • Create and Introduce Change Strategy
  • Overcome Resistance
  • Implement Change
  • Evaluate Results



Click on the Links below to Register.  You can pay by credit card or choose to pay at the door.  We can only accept credit cards online. 


Lunch is from Jason's Deli  Please let us know when you register if you want a lunchbox with sandwich, chips, and cookie, or a vegetarian lunch, or no lunch at all.

Ice Cold Water will be provided for everyone.




May 18 from 11:30 to 1:00



The FGCU Florida Institute of Government which is at The Atrium - 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, Fort Myers, 33919.



MEMBERS: $15 with lunch, $10 without lunch - GUESTS: $20



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Our Chapter donates to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at every Monthly Meeting.  We can't do it without You!

The mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank is "to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination." 

Every dollar donated allows the Food Bank to distribute $6 worth of food!  

TOP 10 List

Reasons I'm happy to be an active member of ASTD SWFL


10. It is FUN!


9. I always leave chapter meetings with a new "take away" that I can implement into my training programs.


8. Fellow members have become great resources for me to tap into for direction, ideas, and encouragement.


7. I have made life-long friends.


6. I am always surprised at who has inspired me.


5. Love having café mochas at CPLP study group.   


4. I have become more cutting-edge.


3. Brings value to Goodwill Industries of SWFL.


2. Motivates me to be the very best training professional I can be.


1. It has become a way of life for me.


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Ken Bodenhamer

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