• Friday, August 07, 2015 1:31 PM | Nicole Michaelis (Administrator)
    Wow! This was fun! Ten brave souls from as far as Texas came to participate in the three-day Training Certificate program presented by Maureen Orey on July 22–24, 2015. No matter the level of experience you had coming in, we all learned something new. (Yes, I know I am speaking for everybody here, but I feel confident.) It truly was one of the best and most engaging learning events I have ever attended. Thank you, Maureen!

    And thanks to all of you who came to visit our beautiful state for these few days!
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:12 PM | Victoria Fields

    At the Charles Town ASTD “Lunch and Learn” meeting on March 12, 2014, James Acly, Col, USAF (ret), delivered a fascinating presentation entitled “A Global Mindset”.  James explained that work force development, adult learning, and training all are improved if we approach them with a global mindset.  He provided three of the many definitions of “global mindset” that have been put forward (sources cited in footnotes).  The definitions are:
    "...helps leaders see the world from multiple perspectives, make decisions that work both locally and globally, and increase the ability of their company to compete in the global marketplace."
    "...the ability to influence individuals, groups, organizations, and systems that are unlike the leader's."
    "...a highly complex cognitive structure characterized by an openness to and articulation of multiple cultural and strategic realities on both global and local levels, and the cognitive ability to mediate and integrate across this multiplicity."
    The concept of
    “capitals” from Najafi Global Institute ( was discussed.   Those include intellectual capital, psychological capital, and social capital, and they help to frame the application of global mindset principles to our training and development interests. 

    Our globalized economy, high degree of mobility, and modern approach to careers dictate a need for a global mindset in training and development.  This mindset applies whether the differences we encounter are international, cultural, regional, or generational.


    Marie DeWalt, Ed.D., SPHR

    Member of the ASTD WV Charles Town GIG


    1.  D.R. Baltzley & S. Beechler, "Developing Leaders with Global Mindset," Duke Corporate Education, HRPS Webinar 21 July 2009. 
    2.  Mansour Javidan, "Global Mindset: Why Is It Important for Global Leaders."  PowerPoint presentation developed at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, no date, slide 7. 
    3.  O. Levy et al., "What We Talk About When We Talk About 'Global Mindset'; Managerial Cognition in Multinational Corporations." Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 38, 2007, pp. 231-258 (italics added). 

  • Monday, March 03, 2014 9:50 AM | Deleted user

          When accepting the ASTD WV 2013 Workplace Learning Professional of the Year Award at our chapter’s February 9-10, 2014, conference at the Greenbrier, I quoted the Greenbrier’s Interior Designer Dorothy Draper:

    Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.

    I felt this quote was relevant for our locale and for the continued success of our chapter.
          While we recognized our members’ past achievements, we were also pulling together as a professional organization to promote the continuous activity of our chapter, a rewarding effort that relies on us all to contribute our knowledge and talents.
          While we heard from a cadre of inspiring speakers about transformational leadership, ASTD’s competencies and learning resources, building our skills as leaders, and more, we learned from and about each other as we forged networks in our West Virginia learning community.
          While leaving the conference, we embraced the notion of moving forward as a group. We emerged eager to try out new ideas that will advance ourselves and our chapter. In the spirit of “keeping ahead of the times,” we immediately began assessing and planning for a future chapter conference – and I hope you are all already as excited as I am for the next one!
          Let’s stay connected and work together to ensure that this eager spirit continues throughout the year and that we will be as enthusiastic and engaged as we were during and after our conference.
          Here’s to our continued success in 2014.

    Lisa A. Sullivan
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:45 AM | Victoria Fields

    As the first State Conference for WV I was not really sure what to expect from this weekend.  Even being one of the planners & speakers for the event we had some pretty big obstacles, including our geographical distance from one another.  As a passionate trainer and a never ending optimist, I knew that even if it was only 10 people at The Greenbrier we were going to have a great time – and all 40 of us did!

    Day 1 was filled with some great speakers & many networking opportunities.  Erin Murphy, the Chapter Relations Manager for our area from ASTD, was first up to give us a brief overview of the industry and a brief review of some of the many resources that are available through our ASTD National Membership.  I immediately came home and downloaded a few FREE Infolines & e-books – Thank you for the reminder!  I was only slightly nervous that she was going to take my whole presentation – I guess that’s what happens when you speak on Day 2.  

    Chuck Stump followed up with an active presentation about Change and our perception of it.  It’s rough having the middle of the afternoon speaking spot (this is usually when I am looking for my second cup of coffee), but this active presentation got us all physically moving and taught us that what we really need to change is our perception.  The world will continue to change around us, but how do we intend to ‘improve’ with it.

    The rest of the day was spent with a great networking activity during the conference and then another meet and greet later on in the evening.  Topics discussed that evening included Training on a Shoestring Budget,  Effective On-line Training, Personal Development, & Influencing Management Teams.  It was a great way to wrap up a day of learning with a more casual setting for networking.

    Day 2 – Speaker Central.  Laura Prisc started the day off with a wonderful presentation focusing on one area of John Maxwell’s book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.  This book is now on my wish list as learning only the 4 H’s (heart, hope, help, and humor) was not enough for me!  Michelle Woomer gave a powerful presentation about Transformational Leadership full of humor, videos, pop culture references and heart.  Rita Hodges was our last presenter of the day who left us with an important message about why feedback should be seen as a gift – even if it is a little hard to hear sometimes.

    I also joined the fray, presenting on how to use the ASTD Competency Model as a roadmap for your career.  A special nod to Jennifer Naughton, ASTD Senior Director of Competencies & Credentialing, and everyone that she works with!  They have provided wonderful webinars, articles, and other resources to make using the competency model as a roadmap possible and thus my presentation possible.  J

    As I drove back to the Eastern Panhandle my head was filled with new faces (maybe a name or two stuck!), ideas on how to implement some of the things I learned, and a momentum of training excitement that I know I brought back to the office that Tuesday.   I am looking forward to 2014 as I know the WV Chapter has a few more surprises up their sleeves, and I look forward to the ASTD WV 2015 Conference!

    Vicky Hadee

    Chairperson, ASTD WV Charles Town GIG

    Manager of Staff Development

    Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:46 PM | Anonymous
    Great conversation at the Breakfast Express in Charleston this past Tuesday!!! We discussed what steps you can take to transition your learning organization from a transactional to a strategic business.

    The Breakfast Express is a great opportunity to discuss valuable topic regarding training and development along with networking with your peers.

    See you at our next event!
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:07 AM | Deleted user

    Each time I attend an ASTD West Virginia Chapter event, I leave feeling motivated and ready to conquer the training needs of my agency. Today's ASTD Express meeting in Charleston focused on using improvisation in our training efforts. As educators, training coordinators, and workplace learning professionals, we use improv without even realizing we're doing it. When a training participant asks a question, we have to use improv to decide how to answer it. When a participant negatively comments on the material that is being discussed, we have to decide how to respond. When a participant points out a mistake in our educational material (*sigh* Yes, we are all human and make mistakes sometimes), we have to own it.

    While improv can be challenging and involves a level of risk, when facilitated properly, improvisation can provide transformational, meaningful training opportunities for organizations both in the private and public sectors. There are four main principles to familiarize yourself with: 1) Yes space, 2) Building blocks, 3) Team equity, and 4) Oops to eureka! Each of these principles ultimately help improve performance and collaboration in the workplace. What do each of these mean?

    Yes space allows improvisers to acknowledge that ideas and individuals have the right to be heard by saying "Yes," even when the facilitator or improviser doesn't fully agree with the idea. Sharing ideas can be risky but using "yes space" creates a safe environment for all participants to share.

    Building blocks allow the receiver of that statement to continue with "and," which shows that he or she also shares some of the risk by contributing to those ideas.

    Team equity is important for high-performing work teams because it uses each person's strengths to provide the best possible outcome for any given scenario.

    And when improvisation goes wrong Oops to eureka! allows the improviser to recognize it, acknowledge it, and move on.

    What have been some of your experiences in using improvisation in your training efforts? How can these principles improve some of the information sharing among your training participants?

  • Friday, December 07, 2012 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    The Division of Personnel (DOP) of West Virginia State Government underwent some major changes in 2012.  The Director of DOP identified the need for its internal subject matter experts to reach out and train other human resource professionals statewide.  She charged the Organization and Human Resource Development section to work with the subject matter experts to develop their presentation skills.

    After three successful events, the Division can proudly say that the Director’s foresight has led to improved skills and knowledge in the HR community and better relations among state agencies.  It has also added great value to the professional development of the subject matter experts that participated in the training sessions.

  • Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:49 AM | Deleted user

    The ASTD West Virginia Chapter is proud to introduce its guest blog, which will be used to showcase individuals’ success stories in the training and development field, as well as share best practices, learning and development initiatives, and more! As we know, the training and development field crosses the spectrum in all communities of practice, from government and higher education to learning technologies, corporations, and beyond. That’s why it is so important for us to come together and share our thoughts and experiences, so that we can learn from each other.

    As the Staff Development Specialist for the West Virginia Purchasing Division for the State of West Virginia, I am tasked with developing training initiatives which are cost effective and meet the needs of individuals statewide. Conducting effective training for individuals at varying levels of procurement is not without its challenges. As the sole coordinator in my agency for all training, this means learning about a variety of methods in which to deliver training, from electronic media to face-to-face meetings to statewide conferences. After being in this field for six years, I am still amazed each time I learn something new, but I know I still have a long way to go. That’s why I want to hear from you!

    As part of Employee Learning Week December 3 – 7, 2012, we would like for you to share your thoughts! What is your organization currently doing to meet the training needs of employees, business partners, customers, vendors, and the community? Have your training initiatives been successful and are they well received among members of your organization? We look forward to hearing from you!

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