Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 14 sessions
    • Zoom | Pacific Time (PDT)
    • 0
    Registration is closed
     ISPI SoCal Presents: Diversity Chats
    Part of ISPI SoCal's Self-As-Instrument Series

    *Registration for this cohort (set of sessions) is closed. Please join the Waitlist for notification of future cohorts.

    Session Description:

    Organization Development practitioners often speak about honing self-as-instrument as a key factor in recognizing the effects of a consultants implicit bias on their client.

    In this 14-week  Diversity & Inclusion offering, you will have the opportunity to hone your self-as-instrument using an audio documentary and quarterly Diversity Chats with professional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioners. This program is open to full-time Organization Development practitioners and Human Resource Executives. It is a deep dive into facilitating racial dialog. Participants should plan to attend all sessions in the series as each meeting builds on the content of the last. Study is required between meetings. Seats are limited to eight in order to maintain an atmosphere where participants may lean into brave conversation. 

    This program uses a learning group format. As a learning group, you will have the opportunity to explore the construction of race in America using a Peabody-nominated fourteen-part audio documentary series.

    While this program has limited registration, a waiting list is enabled. Adding additional sessions is under consideration. 

    This program uses a learning group format. As a learning group you will have the opportunity to explore the construction of race in America using a Peabody-nominated fourteen-part audio documentary series.

    While this program has limited registration, a waiting list is enabled Adding additional  sessions is under consideration.


    • Gain a systems-thinking understanding of race.
    • Understand what ‘race is a social construct' means.
    • Sharpen self-as-instrument principles.
    • Practice racial dialogic methodologies. 

    Diversity Chats is hosted by Jen Todd, CEO of Breakthrough Partners Inc. Website:  www.breakthroughpartner.com

    This program is offered on Thursday afternoons 1-2:30 PM EST (10 AM PST) March 25th- September 30th.

    About the Facilitator:

    Jen Todd, MSOD is a self-as-instrument coach, consultant, and the CEO of Breakthrough Partners Inc. Her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work centers on dialogic work with schools and with C-suite executives. Among her specialties are teaching metropolitan systems to engage interracial families and the modern family unit in culturally competent ways. 

    #diversity, #inclusion, #equity, #improvement, #learning, #performance, #instructionalDesign #ISPI #ISPISoCal

    • Friday, July 02, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Virtual on Zoom

     ISPI SoCal Presents

    Virtual GEMS RoundTable: an ISPI SoCal Community of Practice:  The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance  

    The Competenct Manager: A Model for Effective Performance

    NOTE OUR NEW TIME! Join your colleagues as we meet virtually to read and discuss cutting-edge articles of interest to our discipline. Today's discussion will be inspired by an article entitled The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance    

    Max Cropper  will be our RoundTable facilitator.

    To benefit most, download and copy the article (in the blue link) for your use during the session. 

    Our Session Format:

    The RoundTable is an exciting approach that stimulates incredible conversation and insight around the topics and trends impacting our discipline. 

    We will read the selected piece aloud together for about 15 minutes.  Then for the next 45 minutes, we offer everyone in attendance equal time to share their thoughts and experiences on or around the topic. Come explore with us!

    The GEMS RoundTable format is provided by Sue Gabriele, President and Owner, Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems.

    Website:  www.gemslearning.net  Email:  sgabriele@gemslearning.net

    • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    • 44

     ISPI SoCal Presents
    Harnessing Change: Agile Methods in Instructional Design
    with Megan Torrance

     Megan Torrance

    In this session we will start with a quick definition of Agile and its use within the L&D space, then spend most of our time exploring how L&D teams that use Agile handle constant change, build relationships and get the job done. Specifically you will learn how:

    • Agile in L&D is applied differently from the rest of the organization
    • Agile helps L&D teams meet business needs when those needs are rapidly changing
    • L&D teams can build strong relationships with SMEs, sponsors and stakeholders
    • Iterative development and evaluation moves projects along faster


      The software industry is embracing Agile project management and there is much that we in learning & development can learn from them. Whether you’re using SAM, LLAMA®, Scrum or still exploring your options, there’s a lot to be learned from Agile teams in the ways that they manage their relationships and communications with the business in order to deliver their work on time, in budge and in line with expectations – even as those expectations evolve throughout the project.

      Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens and working with the project sponsor to deliver what’s most needed by learners. In a rapidly changing environment, the Agile mindset helps us harness change for good (instead of resisting it) and Agile techniques offer solutions for making constant change a practical reality. Rapid iterative cycles of design & evaluation allow us to test our solutions before full implementation, opening the doors to constructive change along the way.

      And yet, software development projects face different challenges and have different needs than instructional design projects. A strict implementation of Agile methods may not apply to your L&D work. What can we borrow from this useful mindset and approach, and what do we need to shape specifically for an instructional or learning experience type of project?

      About the Speaker

      Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and the xAPI.

      She is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and Making Sense of xAPI. Megan is also an eCornell Facilitator in the Women's Executive Leadership curriculum.

      #improvement, #learning, #performance, #instructionalDesign #ISPI #ISPISoCal

      • Thursday, July 08, 2021
      • 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM (PDT)
      • Zoom | Pacific Time (PDT)
       ISPI SoCal Presents: DE&I Webinar Series

      Fireside Chat with Fred A. Miller

      The Path to an Inclusive Organization

      Frederick A. Miller, CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

      In this live session, we will learn from author and strategist Fred A. Miller on how to develop an inclusive organization. Pulling from his experience as the CEO of the oldest DEI consulting firm in the nation, Fred will share the path from a judging organization that can transition to one that is joining and high performing.

      Join us for this thoughtful and interactive session, and download his recent article The Path to High Performing Inclusive Organizations for more insights.

      About the Author:

      As CEO and Lead Strategist of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—named one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels” in 2010—Frederick A. Miller specializes in developing workforce utilization strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher individual, team, and organizational performance. A pioneering change agent and thought leader in the field of organization development, he has led transformative change interventions in Fortune 50 corporations, large not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, including Merck, Allstate, United Airlines, Toyota, Sandia National Laboratories, EILEEN FISHER, Northeast Utilities, Singapore Telecom, the McArthur Foundation, the City of San Diego, and many others.

      His experience includes partnering with organizations to accelerate growth, enhance bottom-line results, and work through turnaround situations, as well as positioning leaders for success in start-ups, entrepreneurial ventures, and transitioning from founder-led companies to the next generation of leadership. In the 1970’s, as a manager and then officer with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (now CIGNA), he helped pioneer one of the nation’s first corporate diversity and inclusion efforts.

      Author of more than 100 articles in journals such as The OD Practitioner, HR Professional, Chief Learning Officer, and Executive Excellence, Fred was managing editor of the classic The Promise of Diversity, and co-author, with Judith H. Katz, of The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity, Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold, Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING, and Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion & Collaboration in the Workplace.

    Past events

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 DE&I Webinar | Wireside Chat on Cultural Proficiency Leadership
    Friday, June 04, 2021 The Emotional and Financial Cost of Working with Jerks
    Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Learning on Video: Barriers and Boosters with Tom Henschel
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 DE&I Webinar | Wireside Chat on Unconscious Bias
    Friday, May 07, 2021 Igniting the Soul - Learning about and from self-taught people
    Tuesday, May 04, 2021 Tips for Surviving Major Social, Market, and Economic Disruptions, with Judith Hale
    Thursday, April 08, 2021 DE&I Webinar | Fireside Chat with Stacey A. Gordon
    Tuesday, April 06, 2021 Learner-Ability PLUS Learnability: Time for Learners to Update Their Learning Capability, with Patricia McLagan
    Friday, April 02, 2021 When We Have to Learn By Unlearning
    Monday, March 15, 2021 Q&A on Diversity Self-As-Instrument Series with Jen Todd
    Thursday, March 11, 2021 DE&I Webinar | 2021 Wireside Chat Series Kick-off
    Friday, March 05, 2021 How to Tackle Unconscious Incompetence in the Workforce Through Training Solutions
    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Performance-Based Lesson Mapping: Leveraging Master Performers and SMEs to Design Authentic Instruction for Transfer and Impact, with Guy W. Wallace
    Tuesday, February 02, 2021 The Measurement Map: Getting Aligned to the Business with Bonnie Beresford, Ph.D.
    Saturday, January 09, 2021 Coming 2021 | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discussion Group Series II Kick-off
    Saturday, January 09, 2021 Coming 2021 | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discussion Group Series I Kick-off
    Friday, January 08, 2021 RoundTable: Measuring Training Impact for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Tuesday, January 05, 2021 Mixed Reality Adoption@WARPspeed During COVID with Thom Pratt, President, CraneMorley
    Sunday, December 06, 2020 Debrief Session: Racial Equity Institute Workshop
    Friday, December 04, 2020 DE&I Webinar | Fireside Chat with Patty Beach on Practical Inclusion
    Friday, December 04, 2020 RoundTable: Four Experts on Why Performance Reviews May Be a Thing of the Past
    Tuesday, December 01, 2020 Interview with Lisa M. D. Owens on Challenges for Learning and Performance Professionals
    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Interview with Dr. Kenneth E. Roberts, CEO/Strategist & Founder, The Perpejulant Institute™ on The Future of Work and the Impact on L&D Practitioners
    Friday, November 06, 2020 High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It
    Saturday, October 24, 2020 Racial Equity Workshop Phase 1
    Friday, October 23, 2020 DE&I Webinar | Fireside Chat with Dr. Tameka Ellington on Museum Inclusivity & Accessibility
    Saturday, October 17, 2020 Open House Q&A: about Racial Equity Workshop Phase 1
    Monday, October 12, 2020 Open House Q&A: about Racial Equity Workshop Phase 1
    Tuesday, October 06, 2020 Interview with Suresh Radhakrishnan a Covid-19 Odyssey
    Friday, October 02, 2020 Four Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Shape the Future of Learning Technology
    Friday, September 25, 2020 DE&I Webinar | Fireside Chat with Crystal Kadakia on Learning & Inclusivity
    Friday, September 04, 2020 Data Science: How It Makes L&D Integral to Business Success
    Tuesday, September 01, 2020 Interview with Elizabeth Nachman, Global Learning Leader & Consultant
    Friday, August 28, 2020 DE&I Webinar | Fireside Chat with Dr. Angela Clark Louque on Cultural Proficiency Leadership
    Friday, August 07, 2020 RoundTable: The Remarkable Reach of Growth Mind-Sets
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020 Covid-19 Challenges Interview with Marty Rosenheck, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Learning Strategist at Cognitive Advisors
    Tuesday, July 07, 2020 Jim Hill Ed.D., CEO and Founder, Organizational Performance Systems
    Friday, July 03, 2020 RoundTable: Productivity Culture Has an Empathy Problem
    Friday, June 05, 2020 RoundTable: Throw Your Life a Curve
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020 Interview with Maricel Perez-Lovisolo, Vice President | Global Learning Excellence TELUS International
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020 Interview with Kirsten Giles, Creative Director, Pale Blue Design, Inc.
    Friday, May 01, 2020 RoundTable: Working from Home in These Uncertain Times: Pitfalls and Possibilities
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Interview with Kathleen P. O'Donnell, Ph.D., Learning Innovation Architect

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