Maine ATD thoughts, News, & Happenings

  • 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

  • Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:40 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    We all know that the Maine Chapter of ATD is a fantastic value and resource for talent development professionals. But did you know that ATD National also has courses, workshops, webinars, books, and other materials to help you improve your effectiveness?

    When you become a Power Member (by joining both your local maine Chapter and ATD National), you gain access to these resources at a discounted rate. Click here for more information about becoming a Power Member.

    But wait, what was all that about ChIP, and what is ChIP? ChIP is the Chapter Incentive Program, and it's one way that ATD National helps its local chapters to better serve their communities. Every time you purchase something from the ATD National store, just before you enter your payment information, you'll be asked whether you have a ChIP Code. Click the dropdown and select MAINE from the list of local chapters and ATD National will make a contribution to our chapter. It's just that easy. You don't have to memorize a code number or passphrase or even a 16-character password using numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, special symbols, and the current phase of the moon.

    ChIP is quick and easy, and it helps you to up your game while also giving back to your local chapter. Nice!

  • Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:39 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    The Programs Committee has been hard at work this summer lining up a stellar slate of programs for the 2019-2020 season. This season's programs illustrate the range of skills that today's talent development professionals need to help their organizations succeed.

    From talking for change to listening for impact, from leadership development to informal mentoring, from engaging mindfulness practice to engaging learners, this season's programs truly offer something for everyone in the talent development field. Check out our Events page for more details.

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 10:44 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    The ATD National Talent Development Book Club is going strong! We just finished discussing Originals, by Adam Grant, and are now voting on what book to discuss next. If you'd like to weigh in, just click here.

    As always, voting for our next book, and participating in the book club discussion, is completely free.  Come join the conversation with talent development professionals from around the country!

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2019 2:26 PM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    UPDATE: The slate of programs for the 2019-2020 season have been selected, and the Request for Proposals is now closed.  Watch this space for information about next year's Request for Proposals.

    Have you always wanted to present at one of the monthly ATD Maine Chapter events?  If so, now's your chance.  Act now, because the call for proposals will only remain open from March 1st through April 15th.

    The Maine ATD Chapter Program Team invites you to submit a proposal to present a program during our 2019-20 season.

    Click here (or use the navigation menu to get to the proposal: click "Opportunities" and then "Present With Us") to read all about it and to submit your proposal.

    Our goal for the 2019-20 season is to provide opportunities for our members to benefit from engaging professional development addressing ATD’s National Competency Model foundational competencies and areas of expertise.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 9:10 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    Our chapter is partnering with more than 40 ATD Chapters to create an online book club for L&D professionals around the country. The group will connect virtually through an online forum to discuss books related to L&D, training, organizational development and much more. You can learn more and sign up for the book club here: The program is completely free so feel free to pass the opportunity on to friends and colleagues.

    After exciting and thought-provoking discussions of Carol Dweck's Mindset and Cal Newport's Deep Workthe book club is starting to discuss its next book: Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by the team that wrote Crucial Conversations.

    Reading Schedule for Influencer:

    • By February 21st, finish reading chapters 1 and 2
    • By February 28th, finish reading chapters 3 and 4
    • By March 7th, finish reading chapters 5 and 6
    • By March 14th, finish reading chapters 7 and 8
    • By March 21st, finish reading chapter 9
    • By March 28th, finish the book and get ready for our end of book discussion!
  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:09 AM | Richard Parent (Administrator)

    Watch this space!

    During the winter months we will use this space to alert you whether our monthly meeting will be cancelled due to inclement weather or whether it will be held.  We will update this post with the meeting status after 12 noon on the Monday before our monthly meeting.

  • Wednesday, January 02, 2019 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year!

    Please join me in congratulating your 2019 Board of Directors:

    VP of Technology                                       Richard Parent

    VP of Finance                                             Stephanie Horr

    VP of Programs                                      Dawn Walker-Elders

    VP of Membership                                  Bethany Wiles

    VP of Communications & Marketing          Candin M. Landry

    VP of Event Registrar                              Ann Christie

    VP of Operations                                    Lisa M McFadden

    VP of Volunteers                                    Catherine Menyhart

    Past President                                       Tricia Richardson

    President                                                   Debbie Madden

    A huge thank you to Matt Woodside for all your dedication these past years as the outgoing VP of Technology.

    We look forward to working with you this coming year.  Hope to see you soon at one of our programs.


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