President's Message

Hello 2021!

How’s your vision? Are you seeing 20/20 as we head towards 2030? Many of us take time around the new year to reflect on the prior year. What did you experience this past year or decade? How far have you come since the year 2010? Where will you be in 2030? In what ways do you want to grow? This is a great time for introspection; whether you need to hit Pause on life, do a total Reset, or perhaps a little Fast Forward, what better way to kick-start the year than to talk to others in our area about their career and experiences!


One thing is for sure…you need connections…so many people advance or land a good opportunity through word of mouth. Trying to break into the industry? You need to meet people. As Tony said, we want to widen our base of Members so that you have more people to get to know. Networking? Yes, but it’s more than that…it’s connecting with each other, not just passing around a business card, but building lasting professional relationships.


ATD has launched a new Competency Model. Take the self-assessment to see where you want to focus your own development. Power Members: Sign up to take the career challenge! I just signed up. You may need some new connections to gain these new skills.


Make those connections at our events. We will continue with our 3-year strategy that Tony started by offering a balanced mix of networking with professional development. We are kicking off the year with a “20/20 for 2020” theme. We will continue to partner with other chapters and organizations to bring you a variety of experiences. Our first Tri-state regional conference, ATD Forte, is coming up fast on April 3, 2020. We are also connecting with FDU for a discount to a Disney professional development seminar. Other events on the agenda:

• Networking events to build connections

• Speaker events spanning training and talent topics

• Our member-favorite joint social networking event with Mid-NJ ATD

• Monthly webinars for those who find it hard to come to event locations

• In-Transition SIG events hosted by Alicja Lisnow

Not a member? Here is a reason to join now!

We are introducing some new Member Only Benefits – we are going the extra mile to challenge you each month with discussion questions, special interest groups (SIG), mentor programs, and more. For example, we are working on the following programs (and need leaders – can you help lead or co-lead any of these programs?)

• Job Hunters SIG (a personalized support group)

• Independents/Consultants SIG

• Mentor Program – 5-month session Feb-June. Limited space! Join to be either a mentor or a mentee. Details will be published shortly.

• Question of the Month to prompt the sharing of your wisdom and opinions

Get Involved

Cheers to a great chapter, great professionals in the Northern NJ area, and the best Board and group of volunteers. Come join us and kick off a new decade. Our VP’s of Marketing and Membership could use some help. Do you have expertise or want to gain expertise in those areas? Schedule an exploratory chat with Pam Sammarco, our VP Talent, and see if there is something you can help us with that interests you. Whether you have 1 hour a month or 1 hour a week, we can find something that fits your needs.


Scott Gingold
President Northern New Jersey ATD

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