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