August  2017    



Upcoming Events

Leadership SIG "Leading Virtual Teams" with Stefanie Heiter

October 5, 2017 - Central One Credit Union, Shrewsbury

CMATD presents: "Coaching Leaders" with Emmy Monticelli

October 12, 2017 - Central One Credit Union, Shrewsbury



A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:


Note from the President:

Whether you were an empty nester while the kids were off at summer camp, enjoyed fun in the sun and sand or had a staycation, I hope you had a wonderful summer.

We spent ours hard at work, creating development opportunities for the fall. In September, join us for Positively Priming the Learner’s Brain with Bob Faw on the 5th and Be a Star Facilitator with Geoff Geoff Wolliner on the 20th. In October, our morning Leadership SIG topic is Leading Virtual Teams with Stefanie Heiter (5th), and our evening event (12th) will feature Emmy Monticelli on Coaching Leaders. See below for details and links to register.

I am also happy to announce that we have two new locations for our evening workshops: EANE and Clark University. Both have ample parking and are conveniently located off of route 90. Soon the days will get shorter and there will be a chill in the air; now is a great time to reconnect with CMATD.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank You,

Dyan Madrey

President, CMATD



Stop Making These Communication Mistakes

And six ways to fix those mistakes  

By Bob Faw

Communication can be tough. It’s often hard to communicate important or difficult messages in a way that achieves the desired result.

Leaders often inadvertently use communication that scares people off, turns them off, or pisses them off.

Don’t let this be you!

Are you making any of these common communication mistakes?  

Overusing fear as a motivator—A small amount of fear is actually a helpful edge to have, such as the natural fear of the consequences of not meeting a goal or deadline. But leaders sometimes make the mistake of using too much fear, which causes people to freeze up, and can even cause apathy or despair.

Focusing overly on failures—When a leader talks about current or past failures, this almost invariably starts the blame game. When everybody is pointing fingers, communication is stifled because people fear the finger will be pointed at them.

Read more

CMATD Blog: Guest Authors Wanted

The new CMATD Blog is a great way to share knowledge, insights, best practices and lessons learned around workplace learning and development. Is there a topic you’d like to address? CMATD members and sponsors are invited to contribute.

Guest posts will be featured on the CMATD Blog and in our email newsletter. Submissions should focus on issues of interest to learning and development professionals, with a goal of contributing to our community of practitioners and generating dialog, reflection and new ways of thinking.

Add your voice to our blog. Email Scott Rolph to learn more.

Mark Your Calendars — Fall Learning, Networking Opportunities

Reconnect with your local ATD network by attending CMATD learning and networking events. Our fall schedule features industry leaders on topics of emerging importance to talent development professionals. Among the scheduled presenters are:

CMATD events are highly interactive, featuring both valuable information and tips from the presenters and discussions, networking, and shared learning with industry peers. Mark your calendars and plan to join us.

Thanks to CMATD Location Sponsors 

CMATD events are held in convenient Central-Massachusetts locations, thanks to our sponsors. Three new sponsors have joined CMATD this fall: Axiom Learning Solutions, LLC, Clark University, and EANE (the Employers Association of the North East).

CMATD evening events will be held at either Clark University or EANE (see each event listing for location and address). The morning Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG) events will continue to be held at the Central One Federal Credit Union. Sponsor Axiom Learning Solutions, LLC, meanwhile, hosts CMATD Board meetings.

Many thanks to Axiom Learning Solutions, LLC, Clark University, EANE, and Central One Federal Credit Union for their sponsorship! Links to all our generous sponsors can be found in the column to the left.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

CMATD is the region’s premier professional organization focused on workplace learning and development. Corporate sponsors make possible vital networking and professional development opportunities and help advance innovation and best practices in the field. Become a corporate sponsor today.

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Some upcoming webcasts of interest

Addressing Learner Engagement

Wednesday, August 30, 12 pm ET
In this webcast, Jesse Novack, Product Evangelist at Adobe, will cover common causes of engagement issues and look at possible solutions to improve learning engagement within your organization. Register.

Why CPLP? Hear from Your Peers

Thursday, August 31, 1 pm ET

Are you thinking about pursuing the CPLP credential but aren't sure if you're ready? Are you registered to take the exam, but would like some advice on how to proceed? Are you wondering if the CPLP credential is worth the time and effort? Join ATD for this interactive webcast with three current CPLPs who will share lessons learned from their CPLP experiences. Register

Using Team Coaching to Maximize Performance

Tuesday, September 5, 2 pm ET

As executive coaching develops into a mature practice, the transfer and use of coaching skills with entire teams is a necessary area of growth. In this webcast, Virginia Bianco-Mathis, Professor ar Marymount University and Lisa Nabors, Partner at the Strategic Performance Group, will dig deeper into the benefits and challenges of team coaching and how to make this practice an important part of your toolkit. Register.

Help Build Our Online Community

Read an interesting article on learning or talent development? Want to pose a question for discussion among industry colleagues? Post on Twitter using #cmatd to engage our association members and others. We also welcome aspiring authors for the newsletter - send along submissions for consideration.

Also, expand your network by connecting with us on LinkedIn


Be a CMATD Volunteer

Apply to be a Volunteer! 

Don't just go to a CMATD event, be a part of it! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, network with industry colleagues and expand your skill set. All you have to do is fill out the application and choose your area of interest. Whether you can help for one hour per event on the registration table or you would like to take on a bigger role, we look forward to you joining our team.



Power Membership

Join CMATD today!

Once you have joined our chapter, or if you are a current chapter member, visit the ATD store to become an ATD member. Enter the Central Mass ATD ChIP code of 1201 to receive the special ATD annual Power Member rate, complete the Power Member membership application, or call ATD Customer Care at 1-800-628-2783 and mention our chapter’s ChIP* code. (1201)

Please note that the Power Member discount of $30 is only applicable to one year, individual membership rates. To learn more about Power Member membership, download ATD’s Power Membership brochure today!


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Mission Statement

CMATD is a chartered local chapter of the Association Talent Development.  As such, it is a professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of its members in a supportive learning environment in the hope of contributing to their business success.

We strive to provide quality professional development programs in the workplace learning and performance development disciplines.  We also deliberately foster opportunities for networking among professionals, collaboration with businesses and organizations and the exchange of best practices solutions and information. 

We are in service to our membership, our program attendees, our strategic alliances, other Human Resource Development professional organizations, and sponsoring organizations.

The Board of Directors

Dyan Madrey – President

Open – President Elect

David Hofstetter – Past President

Ryan Rosiello– Director, Programming and SIGs

Dan Twombley – Director, Finance

Scott Rolph - Director, Communications

David Prince – Director, Marketing

David Hofstetter– Director, Membership

Carol Miller – Director, Volunteers

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