At the Quarter Pole
If you’ve ever listened to or watched a horse race, you’ve perhaps heard an announcer say, “As they round the quarter pole,” as the race progresses past It’s first one-quarter of a mile in that event. The comment is typically followed by a brief description of the horse in the lead and what that might suggest for the remainder of the race. Well, for 2021, ATD Dallas has just past the quarter pole on this calendar year – a year where it appears we will outrun the pandemic that created such distress and turmoil this past year, and after surviving Snowvid as well in February.
First, as we round the 2021 quarter pole, I want to thank each of you for continuing to be part of the ATD Dallas community. We have learned a great deal together over the past 15 months.
Second, welcome to 28 new members since the first of the year. Please join me in welcoming them:
Wendy Abruzzini George Aramath Norman Arosemena
April Black Tamara Rose Miller LiAnne Brown
Nicole Brown Melody Bussey John Cleminti
Jamie Cook Patricia Gatewood Hadiya Green
Maria Hamelers Anna Hunter Raye Jones
Alexander Kirton Mark Krajewski Hadiya Mason
Reba Matthews Megan McKee Shannon Morrison
Maryori Munoz Kathy Murphy Courtney Nail
Debbie Norshese Andi Orkin Tom Partridge
Maddeysen Puckett Bill Shafer John Stockstill
Nancy Suderland Rebecca Walker-Green Lisa Weaver
Mary Rose Wild
If you are new member and could not make the New Member Onboarding the first quarter, no worries jump in 2nd quarter, by registering now: https://www.tddallas.org/event-4156253.
Third, February 6th we held our first 2021 Volunteer Summit. Thanks if you invested part of your Saturday in investigating, beginning, or continuing to serve others as a Volunteer. BTW, in the list below you see the names of new members who have jumped right in to serve. A special thanks to each of you.
Ekta Goel Saaed Arrington Theresa Proctor
Pallavi Ridout Kristy Card Asama Khan
Cathy Howard Chiwili Mumba-Black Terri Barlow
Jana Nixon Rachel Wolf Cheryl White
Sarah Cini Paul Dixon Maria Hamerlers
Divjot Punia Jakeim Jackson-Bell Rosy Rajasingham
David Carey Sam Bhalla Sarah Carey
Chenier Mertson Reba Matthews Khavana Patel
Frank Larson Alex Levine Tom Partridge
Fanchon Henneberger Cheryl Stanley Krista Allen
Rance Greene Cheryl Zobal Christine Garraway
Lawrence Price Lata Makhija Susan Brookshire
Chelsey Beale Judy Dominick Olivia Wilmsen
Laurie Bennett Crystal Obaseki Lisa Crosslin
Blanche Allen Cynthia Toro Veronica Reed
Halima McWilliams Jeff Persaile
Fourth, our Programs Team, led by Lawrence Price and Susan Brookshire, has hosted provided us with three engaging programs:
Each was a dandy. Did you know each is still available to you as a member? They are – But you will have to read the next Bart’s Beat to discover where (that’s a teaser, if you’ve not had coffee today).
Fifth, lead by Laurie Barnett (one of ATD Dallas’ most giving individuals), conducted three Career Development SIGs:
Special thanks to Laurie for her work over at least six years, I suspect longer, for welcoming individuals in transition to feel comfortable and gain access and expertise regarding job transition through the Career Development Special Interest Group.
Sixth, diligent work behind the scenes in Professional Development, led by David Carey and his team on Southwest Learning Summit (SWLS) began in earnest, as did continued evolution of the New Member Onboarding process for Corporate Groups (which is nearing launch near the three quarter pole), continuing collaboration regarding how to more effectively introduce and have Degreed more visible and meaningful as a Member Benefit, AND making all that visible has been the steady, creative work of the MarComm team (which has openings if you’d like to be part of helping get out the ATD Dallas message while honing or learning marketing skills and expertise).
The work of our, YOU, our remarkable members saw 2021 begin a year-long, practical demonstration of resilience in Talent Development.
To close the run to the one-half pole looks to be just as memorable! If you’ve not planned which parts of our race you will be part of consider doing that early at: https://www.tddallas.org/
Here’s to a great second quarter as our journey, “Becoming the Talent Development Capital of the World,” continues.