Maine ATD thoughts, News, & Happenings

  • Monday, March 21, 2022 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy World Poetry Day!

    How does poetry fit with Talent Development? We're just trying to help people understand what they do and how to do it, right?

    Ursula LeGuin said: 

    “Science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates. Both celebrate what they describe.”

    And Alice Osborn has this take:

    "Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a 'sideways' light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car window—it bares open the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better."

    Isn't that some of what we do in talent development? --create opportunities "so we can all relate to each other a little better"? I love the idea of providing a "sideways light"--Zoom has certainly taught us a couple things about lighting!--and cleaning off the windows we look through to see who is there and what they're going through.

    Inclusion. Sometimes it's hard to come at straight on--it's hard to see the exclusion head-on, but with that sideways light and with the inside-out explanation of poetry, we can see and better understand what is right in front of us.

    This video got me thinking about inclusion this morning. Imagine not being able to hear the words--so not being able to experience them--their fullness, specificity, vagary, meaning, resonance, musicality. How can we recreate the true experience without just a simple translation? The experience of spoken-word poetry is so much more than just the words--what about what you do in Talent Development? Is it just the words that can easily be translated to people with different backgrounds, cultures, or languages? How else can we provide support to recreate the experience?

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This morning, as we listened to Jason Gootman talk about forming self-care habits that stick, it occurred to me that today is the two-year anniversary (ATD Program day-wise, anyway) of our pivot to virtual programs in response to the pandemic.

    That blows my mind.

    ... that it has been two full years, that it has been *only* two years, that we were able to "pivot" so quickly (and adeptly!), that we've retained a core of active participants, an active board, and active SIG, that we are continuing to invest and grow in our industry, that we--individually and as a group--are so very resilient in the face of all that the last two years have brought us.

    I hope you'll look the Ides of March right in the eye (the I), and say "not today Brute'!" #WeGotThis!

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 3:03 PM | Richard Parent (Administrator)
    ATD members may remember Sarah Scala from her March 2020 program on "Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful."  Sarah has expanded upon that theme with a new online course:  Mentor Program Design with Strong ROI.

    This 3 hour course will teach you how design mentor programs, whether formal, informal, or peer programs. The proven techniques and best practices in this course can result in a positive return on investment.

    For more information, click here to read all about it.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:35 PM | Richard Parent (Administrator)


    Enjoy a relaxing evening, with some of the finest talent development professionals anywhere, at Maine's premiere Talent Development networking event - ATD Maine's Annual Connect, Mix and Mingle!

    Bring your favorite happy hour beverage and join us virtually as we celebrate the great talent development professionals in our region. Meet new colleagues, catch up with friends and coworkers, and have a chance to win fabulous prizes at the virtual event of the season: ATD Maine's Connect Mix and Mingle 2020.

    Registration is now open.  We'll see you there!

    4:30-5:30pm June 16, 2020 on Zoom!

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 11:59 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    The Association for Talent Development has named the Maine Chapter of ATD as its Chapter of the Month for May, 2020.  This is the first time the Maine Chapter has received this prestigious honor.

    In announcing the award, ATD National President and CEO Tony Bingham commended ATD Maine for our "overall chapter strength, growth, and innovation."

    This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we want to thank you, our members, for your continued support, excitement, and dedication to the field of talent development.  Together, we're helping to ensure that Maine has the talented, skilled, and energized workforce it needs to succeed and thrive.  We couldn't have done this without you.

    Thank you.

    -ATD Maine Chapter Board

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 2:55 PM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    In light of the coronavirus, we have moved our Tuesday, 3/17 event, “Mentoring: Formal, Informal and Impactful,” to the online Zoom platform.

    If you registered for the program and have not yet received the link to join the meeting, please e-mail and we will send you the link.

    We look forward to seeing you online!


    ATD Maine Board

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 8:26 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    Image showing the need to keep current in your professional development

    ATD is offering a $20 discount to all new memberships and membership renewals!  Just head to the ATD Membership center and use promo code JOIN2020 for new memberships and RENEW2020 for renewing memberships to save $20 on Professional or Professional Plus membership.

    The deadline to join or renew your membership to receive the promotion is January 24, 2020. Learn more at

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:03 AM | Anonymous member

    Employee Learning Week (ELW) is coming! An opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to talent development, it has been scheduled for December 2-6 this year, and your Maine Chapter wants to celebrate with YOUR photos!

    Help us to showcase the importance of knowledge and skill development in the workplace by forwarding your training photos to us at Show us your organization's learning and development best practices, how you keep employees engaged in their personal and professional growth, and why developing talent is more important now than ever before!  

    We will be posting the pictures on our website to recognize the value of the work that you do every day to keep employee development alive and thriving!

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:42 PM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    The Talent and Development Professionals Book Club will begin reading Radical Candor by Kim Scott on Thursday, August 22nd. That’s right around the corner, so if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, please check one out from your local library or purchase a copy on Amazon here.

    Do you think that our work environments need more candor and frankness? Let us know in the Book Club Online Forum (!

  • Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:48 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    Welcome back, fellow Talent Developers. We hope you've enjoyed a rejuvenating and energizing summer break. You may have noticed some changes here at the ATD Maine website, and we thought you might enjoy a tour of the updates and improvements we've made.

    • A new, fresh look and improved back-end speed and stability
    • Streamlined organization to help you find exactly what you need and with fewer clicks
    • Our new ATD Maine Chapter Consultants Directory, your one-stop shop for talent development consulting from ATD member consultants you can trust
    • A more visible Jobs List for community members looking for a new career opportunity or looking to fill a vacancy in their organization
    • A new, easier Member Login system: just click the person icon to the right of the Portland Head lighthouse and you'll be logged in in no time

    As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about the website, let us know by e-mailing

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