Chapter Meetings

Join us for presentations delivered by expert speakers at our chapter meetings. Our topics are relevant and are tied into the ATD national competency model. Each meeting includes dinner, networking, and opportunities to meet our sponsors.

Upcoming events

    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Best Western-Fairfield, NJ

        Leadership Trends Roundtable
    Building Bench Strength
    How prepared are leaders to take the field?

    About This Event

    Our interactive and engaging event brings together thought leaders with different areas of leadership development expertise to highlight key aspects, best practices, trends and challenges for Talent professionals across the spectrum of our profession. Our conversations will particularly connect the areas of Talent Development and HR/Talent Management toward preparing leaders to navigate the complexity and challenges of a leadership role in organizations today and into the future. 

    How ready is your leadership development and talent management strategy to identify high potentials in the young professional workforce? How adept and adaptive are your plans to develop a multi-generational workforce strategy to begin the transition process for succession planning? What considerations have you made around gender equality and women in leadership opportunities? 

    Join us to create an active dialogue around sharing ideas to address priorities like cultivating critical capabilities like agility, managing the tidal wave of disruption in organizations, innovation, change management, cultural intelligence, emotional & social intelligence, unconscious bias remediation, gender equality, etc. How effectively have you aligned your leadership development strategy with your business strategy? 

    We are delighted that we have a deeply experienced moderator and exceptional panel to share their perspectives with you. We anticipate a very lively discussion! Attendees are encouraged to bring their leadership challenges, questions and ideas to share!


    Learning Outcomes      

    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the latest trends and best practices for leadership development.
    • Experience interactive discussions with other professionals that assist you in building your knowledge and bring new ideas back to your organizations and/or your clients.
    • Discuss the current landscape of promoting women leaders and the path of women’s empowerment in the workplace.
    • Explore the development needs of young professionals that enable you to shift your talent development programming to focus on your future leaders.
    • Learn from the experts and from each other on how to address your challenges, needs and questions through our facilitated discussions

    ATD Competency Model

    This session complements the Evaluation Learning Impact, Managing Learning Programs, Integrated Talent Management, Coaching, Business Skills and Industry Knowledge competencies. 

    About Our Panelists


    Robin Moriates, MBA, MA, CPC, SHRM-SCP

    Head of Learning & Development for Dassault Aviation  

    Robin is an experienced leader with extensive background in Leadership and Professional Development programs, Corporate Coaching, Talent Management, Human Resources and Sales Communications.  Robin’s current role is the Head of Learning and Development for Dassault Aviation.  Dassault is an international French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets.

    Robin is a deeply experienced Learning & Development leader and offers a breadth of expertise across the Talent Development, Talent Management and Organizational Development functions.  She has held global leadership positions across various industries including: Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Packaged Goods and Food/Beverage for companies such as Unilever, Pfizer and Novartis.

    In addition, Robin is a professional corporate coach who is certified through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).  She also holds a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources certificate through the Society of Human Resources.

    Ken Starr, North America Training Manager

    Atlas Copco North America LLC

    Ken has thirty years Training and Development experience with Continental Insurance, American International Group (AIG), and Atlas Copco. 

    Since April 2014, he has been the North America Training Manager for Atlas Copco, a 145-year-old industrial group based in Stockholm with world-leading positions in compressors, vacuum solutions, air treatment systems, construction equipment, power tools, and assembly systems.

    In this role, Ken has leadership responsibility for all training activities for North American Operations (5,000+ employees) including a New Manager Training Program.  He oversees targeted and structured competence development activities including: design and delivery of training programs with a strong correlation to Atlas Copco's nine core competencies, vendor relations, competency modeling and learning management system. 

    He has a strategic role to address learning trends in his organization. 

    Ken engages with all organization levels and can speak to middle management and senior leader development strategies and initiatives.

    Ken is a graduate of Boston University and has an MBA from Temple University.

    Mary Anne Kochut, MSOD, Managing Director

    Champions for Success

    Mary Anne is an author, motivational speaker, coach, trainer and organization/management development professional who is skilled in group dynamics, consultation and facilitation.

    Her first book, Power vs. Perception: Ten Characteristics of Self-Empowerment for Women was released in August 2013. She is an engaging and energetic speaker who inspires her audiences through her own personal experiences combined with her commitment to excellence and professional expertise.

    Mary Anne’s expertise in women in leadership, career development and mentoring programs, leadership, management development and skill development courses to employees at all levels of the organization.

    Mary Anne has spoken at numerous Women’s Empowerment Conferences.   She holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Organization Development from the American University/National Training Laboratories program in Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds the National Training Laboratories Certificate for Organization Development and is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  Mary Anne is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a variety of NJ colleges.

    About the Moderator 

    Pamela C. Sammarco, M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Hogan Leadership Assessment Systems Certified, Leader & Workforce Readiness Partners DBA, President & CEO, Green Training Associates LLC. Business confidence and exceptional performance are outcomes of developing leadership capabilities. Leader & Workforce Readiness Partners identify, assess, develop, coach and mentor your talent pipeline to build your sustainable organization. Our mission is to prepare the leaders of the future to be competent, knowledgeable and skilled, supporting your organizational strategy and driving business success, through leadership development journeys, leadership eco-systems design, leadership scorecards, mentoring partnerships, IT Professional Capabilities Curriculum (developing non-technical skills), onboarding, training, performance coaching and organizational effectiveness. Pam has over 30 years in corporate learning & development previously working for companies like Citicorp, American Express, Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovation and Medco Health Solutions. Pam is an NNJ ATD Past President and currently Vice President, Talent & Leadership Development.


    5:30 - Networking and Light Snack
    6:15 - Welcome & Chapter Business
    6:30 - Program
    8:30 - Wrap-Up / Network


    NNJ-ATD Member - $45.00 (USD)
    NNJ-ATD Member Executive Package - $0 (USD)
    NNJ-ATD Non-Member - $60.00 (USD)
    Non-Member but Member of Mid-NJ ATD or Morris County SHRM - $45.00 (USD)

    Event Contact

    For any questions about this event, please contact:
    Marc Strano at
     or at 844-453-7747
    Pamela Lambert at

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    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • NJIT EnterpriseDevelopment Center, 211 Warren St, Newark, NJ 07103

    Chapter Sponsored Event

    Innovation + Entrepreneurship Summit:

    Where Learning Technologies and Your Career Meet

    NJIT Enterprise Development Center | 211 Warren Street | Newark, NJ 

    7:30 AM Networking & Breakfast |Keynote starts 8:30 AM

    About this Summit

    The Northern New Jersey Chapter is partnering with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Enterprise Development Center to bring you an exciting half-day professional development learning event. 

    Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics. Breakout session topics include:

    • Augmented Reality
      Learning and Training is changing.  New tools are available that makes training more immersive and instructive.  This breakout session explores what opportunities lie in front of the next generation of training.  How can trainers and organizations get involved, avoid costly dead ends and what are the hurdles to overcome. In this workshop, you will:     
      • Explore the opportunities to use augmented reality in training
      • Learn whether and how to get involved in augmented reality
      • Become aware of hurdles to overcome in order to get involved
    • The Importance and Perils of Social Capital in Innovation Ecosystems
      Innovation ecosystems, such as incubators and accelerators, offer their members a “critical mass” of social capital including potential collaborators, vendors, and customers.  Social capital is crucial to startup’s survival, but startups that do not engage an ecosystem’s social capital would be better off not being in the ecosystem at all.  Once the startup realizes revenue, achieving profit will require converting the tacit knowledge of social capital into explicit knowledge, such as standard operating procedures.  We illustrate these dynamics, and how the entrepreneur can navigate from startup inception to growth. 
      In this workshop, you will learn about: 

      • How to maximize the benefits to your venture of being in an incubator or regional cluster.
      • Behaviors that lead to successful entrepreneurship, and their sequencing.
      • Strategies with long-term positive impact on your venture.
    • Micro-learning
      Micro-learning: Training today’s employee- “teach them the way you reach them”-Using a “TV-commercial” communication model to accelerate learning.

      As a result of attending this workshop, you will 
      • Learn what is micro-learning and how and where to use it
      • Learn how micro-learning accelerates knowledge transfer
      • Learn how to maximize the benefits of micro-learning
      • Learn the best practices for design and development       

    ATD Competency Model

    This session complements the Performance Improvement, Instructional Design, Learning Technologies, Integrated Talent Management, Business Skills, Industry Knowledge and Technology Literacy competencies. 

    About Our Presenters


    7:30  –  Check-in / Continental Breakfast/Networking
    8:15 – Introductions and Welcome
    8:30 – Keynote Speaker
    9:00  –  Breakout Sessions:

    • Session 1 – 9 am – 9:50 am
    • Session 2 – 10:00 am – 10:50 am
    • Session 3 – 11:00 am - 11:50

    11:50 – Networking/Adjournment

    Note: Free parking is available for those who register by April 12 in a secure parking garage adjacent to the EDC.


    NNJ-ATD Member - $40.00 (USD)
    NNJ-ATD Member Executive Package - $25(USD)
    NNJ-ATD Non-Member - $60.00 (USD)
    Non-Member but Member of Mid-NJ ATD or Morris County SHRM - $40.00 (USD)
      Students - $20.00 (USD)

    Event Contact

    For any questions about this event, please contact:
    Lavette Bobbitt at

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Past events

15 Mar 2018 The ART of Business Planning: Strategic and Creative Solutions
15 Feb 2018 Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career
18 Jan 2018 It’s Time to Tune up Your Career
08 Dec 2017 Employee Learning Week - Design Inspiration: It’s Everywhere!
07 Dec 2017 Eat, Drink and Meet: Year-end Networking Event
07 Dec 2017 Employee Learning Week - Getting Internal Buy-in for eLearning
06 Dec 2017 Closed: Employee Learning Week - Being Strategic:How to be strategic and get credit for it
05 Dec 2017 Employee Learning Week - Undeniably Successful Training
04 Dec 2017 Employee Learning Week - Leading SME's to Water
19 Sep 2017 Transformational Shifts in Learning & Development
17 Aug 2017 Joint Chapter Networking Event
29 Jun 2017 Executive Breakfast: 21st Century Learning
18 May 2017 Building Better Relationships in Global Organizations
20 Apr 2017 Speed Networking Event
16 Mar 2017 Early Career Experience: How BD Develops Global, Customer-Focused Leaders
16 Feb 2017 SIG: Best Practices Sharing on Millennials
19 Jan 2017 Should I Certify? Which Credential Should I Choose?
09 Dec 2016 Virtual Member Orientation!
07 Dec 2016 Employee Learning Week - Short-notice L&D Projects Webinar
06 Dec 2016 Employee Learning Week - Needs Assessment Webinar
05 Dec 2016 Employee Learning Week - Predictive Analytics Webinar
17 Nov 2016 Executive Roundtable
20 Sep 2016 Sizzling Strategies To Gain Executive Support
24 Aug 2016 Joint Chapter Networking Event
19 Jul 2016 SIG: Best Practices Sharing
15 Jun 2016 Executive Breakfast: Jeff Fernandez - Small Steps to Big Wins: How Microlearning Transforms Organizations
13 Jun 2016 Recap from ATD International Conference & Expo
19 Apr 2016 SIG: Best Practices Sharing
07 Apr 2016 Mastering Storytelling for Maximum Impact
09 Mar 2016 25 Icebreakers to Drive Audience Interaction
20 Jan 2016 Taking The Guess Out Of Assess
07 Dec 2015 Employee Learning Week Webinar Series
16 Nov 2015 Executive Advisory Council Roundtable
26 Aug 2015 Northern New Jersey ATD & Mid New Jersey ATD Joint Networking Event
11 Aug 2015 Learning Technology Community: E Learning Technology Overview & Trends
21 Jul 2015 Technology SIG: Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC)
11 Jun 2015 Join Us for Coaching for Organizational Performance & Leadership Development
08 May 2015 Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
26 Mar 2015 Knock-Out Networking Featuring Michael Goldberg
09 Mar 2015 Book Club SIG: Leaving ADDIE for SAM By Michael Allen
26 Feb 2015 Learning Strategy That Stands the Test of Time
11 Dec 2014 Canceled: Annual Holiday Event with Value This - Heirloom Discovery Radio Show
20 Nov 2014 Executive Advisory Council’s Annual Cracker Barrel Event – Hosted by BASF
13 Oct 2014 Technology SIG: Mobile Learning - Platforms, Content and Usability
16 Sep 2014 Hopping On Board With Big Data (Chapter Meeting)
26 Aug 2014 Northern New Jersey ASTD & Mid New Jersey ASTD Joint Networking Event
24 Jul 2014 Gamification Learning Technology Series Part 2
07 Jul 2014 Technology SIG: - Gamifying the Learning Experience
19 Jun 2014 Executive Breakfast: David Rock Breakthroughs in Designing Learning Initiatives
28 May 2014 NNJ ASTD Reception / Open House
19 May 2014 Canceled- Book Club SIG: David Rock's - Your Brain at Work
29 Apr 2014 Consulting SIG: Improving Customer Relationships – Effective Ways to Understand Your Customers
24 Apr 2014 Workshop: The Entrepreneurial Mindset: How to be an Effective Internal Consultant
12 Mar 2014 1st Annual Women’s History Month Celebration
12 Feb 2014 SOLD OUT! How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees - Chapter Meeting
12 Dec 2013 Chapter Meeting - THE NEW TALENT LEADER
21 Nov 2013 Chapter Meeting: Executive Advisory Council Cracker Barrel - 4 Programs in One!
30 Oct 2013 Chapter Meeting: Does Your Organization Support, Ignore or Obstruct Project Management
24 Sep 2013 Chapter Meeting FDU: The Human Element Story

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