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  • 07 Mar 2014 5:39 PM | Anonymous
    Are you planning on attending ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition May 5-7, 2014 in Washington DC?  If you are, we can save you $300!  Hawkeye ASTD has a chapter team attending the conference. When you go to register at the ASTD Store, select the “Conference Teams” option and click on Hawkeye Chapter from the drop-down menu.  It’s that easy.  If you have never attended this conference, this is an excellent year to make the commitment.
    The keynote speakers are: Arianna Huffington, President of the Huffington Post Media Group. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  General Stan McChrystal – former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. He is also the author of the bestselling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What's Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Carroll's "job" to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals -- from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren -- to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal grow.
    There are numerous conference tracks including career development, training design and delivery, human capital, leadership development, global human resource development, workforce development, learning technologies, learning and measurement, government and sales enablement.  You won’t be disappointed in the depth and breadth of practical ideas you will take away and immediately implement in your work.
    In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with the world’s leading training and development organizations such as DDI, the Center for Creative Leadership, Citrix – Go to Training, the American Management Association and many, many more.
    Washington DC in the spring time couldn’t be more beautiful.  Register now!
  • 06 Mar 2014 4:33 PM | Anonymous
    What is a "Power Member?" When ASTD members join both their local chapter and national ASTD, they choose to be change makers in their own backyard and knowledge leaders in the training and development profession. Joint membership offers learning professionals a unique opportunity to connect with local, national, and international professionals. Joint members can learn about trends in the field, and gain access to research, principles, practices, and templates they can apply directly to impacting organizational results, their community, and advancing their career.
    Two Levels of Membership:
    ASTD offers two levels of membership, Professional and Professional Plus. All members with an active national membership on March 31, 2014, will be upgraded to the top tier of membership, Professional Plus, at no additional cost. ASTD will continue to offer discounted membership rates to chapter members.
    Power Member Rates:
    • Professional - $179 thru March 31, 2014 / $199 April 1, 2014
    • Professional Plus - $179 thru March 31, 2014 / $319 April 1, 2014
    Click here to access additional information and applications!
  • 21 Feb 2014 7:29 AM | Marcie Van Note

    June 4th non-profit training day.  If you work for or volunteer at a non-profit, this is a day for you.  For the third year in a row, Hawkeye ASTD will provide top-notch training.

    July 23rd and 24th  Kevin Eikenberry will be here to present two days of Bud to Boss.

    On Friday the 25th Kevin will provide a seminar for chapter members on Thinking Strategically about Training and Learning.

    August 13th brings Train the Trainer, more information to follow.

    Please mark your calendars!

    If you have any questions or would like to help plan these events, please contact Marcie Van Note at of 319-270-2004.




  • 29 Oct 2013 6:44 PM | Marcie Van Note

    On October 17thKevin Eikenberry presented a very motivational and inspiring all day seminar on Remarkable Leadership, also the title of his book.  I thought I would share a few of the thoughts that I walked away with in hopes that others would add to the list.

    • Leadership is complex…..let that soak in for a minute.  Kevin discussed some work his group did with NASA and asking a rocket scientist which was more complex---rocket science or leadership.  The rocket scientist responded simply, leadership. 
    •  We manage things and lead people
    • Leadership is, complex, action (leadership is a verb, it is something we do), a responsibility (it’s a focus on others) and an opportunity
    •  Leadership is not, management, a job title, a power grab or a birth right
    •  Remarkable leaders are continual learners; you have to invest in yourself.  Continual learners are curious, they ask lots of questions, learn from their experiences and reflect on them, they work outside of their comfort zone
    • Remarkable leaders champion change
    • The ABC’s of coaching---accountability, belief (if you don’t believe in someone you shouldn’t be coaching them) and conversation (a coach shouldn’t tell you what to do)

    As I sit here reflecting on the day I could just go on and on.  I walked away reflecting on new ways of looking at things, learning new things to try and reinforcing some of the things I already knew.

    From the feedback, questions and responses received I know the day was a success.  Four companies have been in contact to ask for Kevin’s contact information.  His message was powerful enough they want to bring him in-house, to invest in continual learning.

    Please add your take-aways from the day!

    Check out our facebook page for pictures from the day……it was a good one.  While you are our facebook page to see what else is going on in the chapter.

  • 17 Oct 2013 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    As a trainer do you sell?  Do you teach how to sell?


    November's guest presenter, Teri Fairchild, will be speaking on Sales Training.  I've been thinking a lot about this topic.  It is not a common topic in my training business, however; it is mandatory for me to do.  I have learned that I am always selling myself and my passions.  But am I successful at it?


    I am looking forward to hearing Teri speak.  Teri sells well!!  I can always use more reminders and tips.  What sales tips and tricks do you use in your training world?

  • 09 Oct 2013 2:10 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    Special Program Notes: Registration for this program closes October 11. It is being held at a special time from 9-11 AM. Kevin Eikenberry will be presenting "Thinking Strategically About Training and Learning"from the Cedar Rapids site.
  • 09 Oct 2013 2:01 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    To promote our "Remarkable Leadership" Professional Development Day seminar, we are hosting a contest on our Hawkeye ASTD Facebook page. Please check it out and consider posting about it on your Facebook page.

  • 24 Sep 2013 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    What is Employee Learning Week?

    Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.


    When is it?

    December 2-6, 2013


    Where is it?

    Employee Learning Week events can happen anywhere! Hold events in your office or plan a special off-site program.


    Why participate?

    Training is more important now than ever before. The growing skills gap and increased need to compete in today's economy require organizations to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce.


    Who can participate?

    All organizations are encouraged to recognize Employee Learning Week by rededicating themselves to employee learning.


    Tell us what you're doing to promote Employee Learning Week and we'll feature you as an official ASTD "Champion of Learning” in our monthly newsletter.

  • 17 Sep 2013 2:02 PM | Melanie Hoffner
    Check out the ASTD webcasts, podcasts and more that can support your career growth at: 
  • 25 Jul 2013 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    If you or someone you know would make a good addition to our Chapter Board, please complete our nomination process for the position that fits your strength (or theirs)! The following positions are up for election in 2014:


    • ·         VP-Programs
    • ·         VP-Development
    • ·         VP–Administration
    • ·         VP-Technology
    •       VP-Communication (filling second year of this term)
    • ·         President-Elect


    The Chapter Leadership Positions and Nomination Form can be accessed through links on the Members Only page. Reminder, you’ll need to log in as a member to see this page. Please contact the current Board member to learn more about their duties and insights about their position (contact information is on the website under Leadership Team). 


    Email the completed nomination form to Susan Weinschenk  by August 31, 2013.  Online voting will occur in September. New Board members will begin onboarding in late October and will participate in our 2014 Strategic Planning Meeting in late November.


    With your help, we’ll have another successful year!

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