November  2017    




Winner of the Complimentary ATD Registration is Imrana K.


Upcoming Events

Leadership SIG "Leading Virtual Teams" with Stefanie Heiter

November 9, 2017 - Central One Credit Union, Shrewsbury



A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:


Note from the President:

I was glad to see so many of you at the FM Global Learning Center event. What a remarkable facility. It is important as professionals that we keep ourselves up to date with technology and content. We are in an ever-changing field, and we must remain relevant.

This month CMATD is pleased to offer a variety of ways to do just that. We have a blog entry from Linda StJohn on Millennial Leaders; our Leadership SIG event, Leading Virtual Teams, featuring Stefanie Heiter; and our evening event with Emmy Monticelli, who will facilitate a workshop on Coaching Leaders at EANE (Employers Association of the North East) our second location for evening events. 

And last, don’t miss out on our “3-2-Won!” raffle. Attend 2 of our 3 evening events this and be entered into a raffle to win a registration to a local ATD education program, valued at $595-$1795. Good luck and I hope to see you soon.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank You,

Dyan Madrey

President, CMATD



It’s Not all Fun and Games: Millennial Leaders are Just Like Us, But Different in Positive Ways

 by Linda StJohn 

Millennials have gotten a very bad rap in the workplace.

But are they really all that different from previous generations of young people? Did GenXers have different workplace norms or work aspirations? What about the Boomers?

Those of us in the business of hiring and retaining talented Millennials need to consider whether their behavior is a function of the decade in which they were born, or simply part of a normal life stage. Either way, employers can’t simply ride it out.

In the coming years, every leadership role will be filled by a member of this generation. Their influence will be felt for decades. It’s incumbent on us to understand this new generation of leaders and find out how to recruit and retain them.

A 2017 study conducted by The Conference Board and DDI, is one of the first to compare Millennial leaders to those in older generations. They examined 2,800 leaders in 14 companies and determined Millennial leaders are not distinctly different from those of earlier generations, and in fact, the results look promising!

Here are 3 debunked “Millennial Myths”: Read more

CMATD Blog: Guest Authors Wanted

The 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

How to Become a Better Curator

Wednesday, October 11, 6–7 pm ET

Learn how to translate your daily curation into business practices with the help of a panel of L&D experts from Harley-Davidson, Oppenheimer and St. Charles Consulting Group. They will discuss how they’ve gone about curation at different places in their curation journeys and share their tried and true best practices.

When High-Performance Dreams Become Training Nightmares

Thursday, October 12, 2–3 pm ET

For professionals charged with learning and development projects, there is nothing worse than the realization that a course has brought little back to the organization after all that effort. In this webcast, Katy Caselli, Founder and President of Building Giants, will detail best practices for ensuring a training effort achieves visible return on investment.

Can Mindfulness Reboot Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, October 26, 2–3 pm ET

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies have simply not moved the needle. While a variety of factors, including inadequate resources, competing priorities, and lack of accountability, have all contributed to slow progress, changing demographics, the need for innovation, and globalization have made D&I more important than ever. In this webcast, Marjorie Derven of the HUDSON Research & Consulting and Chris Altizer of Altizer Performance Partners will discuss how D&I can be enhanced through mindfulness

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.



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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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