Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups and Geographic Interest Groups provide members and guests with additional sources of focused professional information and networking. Currently, there are three groups within the Chapter:
Organizational Development SIG
The OD SIG's purpose is to provide a forum for both internal and external practitioners in OD and performance consulting to acquire and share knowledge on experiences, best practices, trends, and methodologies/tools in the OD profession. Some of the issues addressed in this SIG are the role of ethics in organizations, leadership, coaching, use of OD in local businesses, leading edge OD research, assessment tools, and enhancing your OD practice. The format of our meetings is participant-driven with many of our monthly meetings facilitated by one of our OD SIG members. We meet the first Friday of the month from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm (networking from 9:00 am - 9:15 am) National Louis University, 4950 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa. Meetings are very informal and open to all and there is no charge to attend. For more information or to be added to the regular email meeting announcements, contact Tim Flood. To join Organization Development SIG, Tampa Bay LinkedIn.com Group, click on the following link: Organization Development SIG, Tampa Bay
Senior Human Resources Development SIG
The Senior HRD Forum meets quarterly from 8 am - 12 pm (breakfast included) with a speaker or panel presentation followed by audience participation. The Senior HRD Forum is made up of Senior (in experience and organizational level) Human Resource Development Professionals who have responsibilities in areas such as management development, strategic planning, assessment, building or managing organizational teams, leadership programs and consulting on organizational issues. Meetings are held typically at the Safety Harbor Spa on the third Friday morning of every March, June, and September, as well as the first Friday morning of December. Costs are $30 for ASTD Suncoast Chapter members and $40 for guests. Purpose:
- To educate members about leading edge HRD ideas and practices
- To provide a forum to exchange ideas and learn from other experience practitioners, managers, and consultants who share a concern for the strategic issues of HRD.
For more information contact Sr HRD Administrator 727-789-7280 voicemail or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarasota - Bradenton Area GIG
This Geographic Interest Group (GIG) is for ASTD members that live or work in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. The GIG has been in existence since 2000. The purpose of this GIG is to provide the "South-of-the-bay" members and the ASTD Suncoast Chapter:
- A more convenient venue in addition to the regular Clearwater and Tampa meetings sites
- Help in increasing and retaining ASTD members
- Increased networking opportunities (the primary reason why people join ASTD)
- A focus on local issues that can be addressed more easily in a smaller local group
- An opportunity to share information and knowledge
We invite everyone to participate in choosing issues, discussing training ideas, and to present on topics that focus on their needs and concerns. Meetings are held quarterly from 6:00 - 8:15 pm at the Goodwill Manasota location, 8490 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non ASTD members, this includes networking, dinner, and program.
For more information contact Susan Lowy or Jo Ann Froman at 941-755-0237.