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American Society of Training and Development
Southwest Florida Chapter Monthly Newsletter

January 2014 


Christine Davlin  

Happy New Year!


While we all look to a new year as a time to set new goals and begin with a clean slate, let me first share what I am thankful for. I would not be serving as president this year without the encouragement and guidance of Lorna Kibbey and Ken Bodenhamer.


I am also grateful and excited for the members of the board who are staying in their roles providing us with stability, and to the new members that will bring a fresh set of eyes and perspective to what we accomplish in the year ahead.  As you all know the people we surround ourselves with is what makes us successful.


As always, I remind our members and visitors to share their thoughts and ideas with us for the upcoming year.  We want our programs to address your needs, whether it's educational or social, and we can't do that without your input!  I have learned over the years that if you don't take action now, it will end up in that everlasting list of "things to do," that seems to never get done! So please let us know your thoughts and ideas, they're truly appreciated.


I wish everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014!


Christine Davlin


Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD 

Newsletter Contents
Employee Learning Celebration Recap
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
January Chapter Meeting
Personal Development Opportunities
2014 Meeting Dates
Employee Learning Celebration Recap

For those that attended a great time was had by all.  The food, networking, and panel speakers provided a fun and informative event.

We also ushered in our new Board for the 2014 year with 3 new members!
  • Kelly Robichaud - Programs
  • Suzanne Niforos - Public Relations 
  • Melissa Rizzuto - Secretary

We also crowned our new fearless leader and President, Christine Davlin!



A special thank you to our Employee Learning Week presenters.  

Dr. Bill Moskal shared his experiences in leadership and team development in the healthcare field.  Focusing on people is how he helps others achieve sustaining results.  

Todd Thomas discussed lessons he has learnt through his years of conducting training in spaces as varied as airport terminals to foreign lands.  Technology is his key to success!
Michael Cilla made us to think of how gamification is transforming the world of training.  From homemade games played in small groups to sophisticated online challenges, gaming helps new knowledge stick!

Upcoming Events

Would you like to have a say in what the chapter does in 2014?  
Here is your chance.  Take the survey below.  Thanks in advance, we appreciate your valuable input.

Survey - Training & Meeting Topics for 2014 



Monthly Chapter Meeting

Where: Keiser University

When: Wednesday , January 15th

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm 


Coffee Social 

Join us to socialize or discuss the most recent chapter meeting, or ASTD's CPLP certification.


Where: Books-A-Million, off Colonial Blvd. in Ft Myers

When: Wednesday, January 22nd     



Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Manager

This position performs advanced technical and professional work in the management of the College's Employee Benefits and Human Resources Training programs.  This position develops, implements, and maintains a comprehensive benefits program; as well as analyzes the training needs of the College and directs the implementation of targeted training programs to meet those needs.

 Learning and Development Specialist

The selected candidate will be required to coordinate and leverage the resources of experienced technical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Aerotek's Professional Development department to capture and transfer specialized power transmission knowledge, skills, and processes for transfer to other employees using a variety of learning and development methods and media. Relocation is required.


Human Resources Manager

Responsible for partnering with assigned client organizations and Human Resources team(s) to ensure strategies and initiatives are met. Coordinates recruitment compliance benefits compensation and employee relations activities to maximize employee resources. Manages team which may include exempt and non-exempt employees.

Charlie CarpenterThank 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 SWFL - VP of Communications & Technology 

January 15, 2014

 Generational Diversity  


Join ASTD of Southwest Florida on Wednesday, January 15th at Keiser University for a unique program that will start promptly at 11:30 a.m.



The focus of this meeting is Generational Diversity. One of the biggest challenges that companies face today is to manage age diversity in their workforce. It is important to understand that age diversity is a good and helpful thing. Employees of diverse ages tend to act differently in the work environment, thus a working strategy is required to address these differences in order to build effective teams.


What you will learn in this meeting:

  • Gain an understanding of the generational workforce
  • How to motivate employees
  • Methods of effective employee recognition
  • How to managing a diverse workforce
  • Requirements for organizational commitment


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Personal Development Opportunities
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2014 Chapter 
Meeting Dates

Mark your calendars:


January 15

February 19

March 19

April 16

May 21

June 18

July 16

August 20

September 17

October 15

November 12

December 10


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