Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 31, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
    • Zoom | Pacific Time (PDT)


    ISPI SoCal Presents a Diversity Fireside Chat with

     Tony Nguyen, Founder & Executive Director at AYLX - American Young Leader Exchange

    In this ISPI SoCal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility interview, you will meet Tony Nguyen, Executive Director of AYLX. AYLX seeks to develop young leaders through sustained immersion in and exploration of American communities beyond their hometowns. 

    Session Description:

    Many people aspire to be Cross-Cultural Leaders. But what does that actually look like? How does one develop cross-cultural skills? And how do programs like AYLX prepare students to stand out among a sea of job and college applicants?

    Participants in this session will learn about:

    • Cultural hybrids 
    • Cross-cultural leadership
    • Immersive experiential learning
    • Social-emotional tools
    • A veterans journey to leadership development

    About the Speaker:

    Tony Nguyen, MBA, is the founder of the American Young Leader Exchange, which seeks to develop young leaders through domestic cultural exchange. AYLX empowers American teens to become cultural ambassadors. Youths 14-18 years old pair-up 1-to-1 to live with each other's families to explore America's cultural diversity through the eyes of another American family. AYLX is a scholarship program that covers travel and workshop expenses in the service of expanding cultural competency among our future workforce.

    As Tony says, "We each live in our own little worlds. We move to places where we feel that we belong. We spend time with folks who dress like us, think like us, and laugh at our jokes. We consume personalized digital and social media that affirm our points of view and allow us to see ourselves the way we want to see ourselves. Over time we encase ourselves into multilayered echo chambers. How much do we really understand beyond our silos?” 


    • United States Army, Executive Officer, Captain
    • Army Mental Health Specialist
    • Green Dot Black Rock Ranger

    Served in Iraq
    • Behavioral intelligence 
    • Humanitarian aid


    • United States Military Academy at West Point
    • The University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
    • Columbia Business School
    Additional Languages:
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Friday, June 03, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Virtual on Zoom

     ISPI SoCal Presents

    Virtual GEMS RoundTable

    Circle of Competence

    Our Session Format

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

    We read aloud the RoundTable Guidelines and this session's article, Circle of Competence, 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!

    NOTE!  Please download and print the article, or view in browser, for your use during the session (link above).

    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

    To facilitate and/or propose an article for a future RoundTable, contact Laura Braeunig laura@nationalitc.com

    • Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    • Zoom
    • 38

     ISPI SoCal Presents

    Simple Project Management for Learning and Development with Lou Russell

    Lou Russell

    L&D professionals often lead high-value projects that are cross-functional in nature.  Lou Russell has a simple and effective method to clearly define the project so all stakeholders understand the project charter and everyone's role.  You will receive a Project Charter Template to work through during the session. Lou will walk us through what is involved in project management for the kind of projects we do.

    Join us for this practical interactive session with the always engaging Lou Russell!

      Session Description

      The purpose of this short workshop is to provide you with a way to improve project management success for L&D projects and learn how to:

      • Create a project schedule with tasks and duration
      • Create due dates for project tasks by working back from the due date
      • Leverage a Scope Diagram to determine milestones
      • Determine Task Dependencies – what order are the tasks?
      • Determine Resource Dependencies – what people are needed to help?
      • Keep an eye on mitigating risk and building a communication plan
      • Create a governance plan (change management) to drive prioritization while the project is built.

      About the Speaker

      Lou Russell is the Queen of Russell Martin & Associates and an executive consultant, speaker, and author whose passion is to create growth in companies by guiding the growth of their people. In her speaking, training, and writing, Lou draws on over 40 years of experience helping organizations achieve their full potential. She is committed to inspiring improvement in all three sides of what she has dubbed the Optimization Triangle: Leadership, Project Management, and Individual Learning.

      Lou is the author of six popular books on project management, training, leadership and accelerating learning. As a sought-after national and international speaker, Lou blends humorous stories with her engaging on-the-ground experience to customize her presentation, facilitation and teaching to the real problems of the people in the room. Even Covid couldn’t stop her.

      Encouraged by Lou’s upbeat and practical style, every participant leaves with new enthusiasm and tools to improve the bottom line through their people. Her motto is Lecture as a Last Resort. You will be moving, laughing, participating, inspired and challenged. Most important to Lou, you will learn.

      Lou has spoken at over 300 conferences including ASTD International, SIM (IT), ELearning Guild, Training Magazine Network, and American Museum Association Nursing Educators, CPMI and at many corporate events. Lou is currently a little bit retired.

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