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Join ISPI- LA for the next Saturday Seminar on November 16, 2019


   Workshop: Creating Learning Based on How the Brain Works



When it comes to learning, most people think of what they have the most experience with, formal education such as high school or college. The problem is that there is little connection between the type of learning done in school and the type of learning desired in the corporate world. In the corporate world we don’t care about knowledge transfer, we care about behavior change and changing behavior requires the building of a much larger mental model in the learners mind than simply remembering facts and thus requires much more focus on how the brain works when it comes to information retention and application.

This workshop will go through three key steps to ensuring you are creating learning courses based on how the brain works. It will include exercises to encourage participants to be creative and come up with new ways to design learning and think about how to best connect with the learner to encourage true behavior change.

Presenter: Matt Gjertsen began his instructional career in the United States Air Force as an Instructor Pilot in the T-1 and KC-10. After 9 years of service which included missions over Afghanistan, long flights over the Pacific, over 1000 instructor hours and 2500 flight hours, Matt left Active Duty to join the Reserves and become Manager of Training and Development for SpaceX.


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Los Angeles Chapter

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of ISPI is a community of practice for performance improvement professionals in corporate, industrial, and non-profit settings. ISPI advocates the application of the principles and practices of human performance technology (HPT) to organizational issues.

Come Hungry, Leave Smarter. We offer a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for our members. This includes:

Saturday Seminars -

At least four times a year, our Come Hungry, Leave Smarter Saturday Seminars includes two different presentations, facilitated by some of the most respected practitioners within our profession. The Saturday Seminars are held at Antioch University in Culver City. Previous presenters have included Harold Stolovitch, Carl Binder, Ruth Clark and Thiagi (Sivasailam Thiagarajan, Ph.D.). Breakfast and lunch are included.

Lunch-and-Learn -

Lunch and Learns are a new, every other month offering, co-sponsored with our member company CraneMorley at their Long Beach office. These meetings will feature lunch, networking and a presentation on new innovations in learning and performance.

SouthBay Training Professionals Breakfast Series -

The Breakfast Series meets the first Friday of every month, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Our format is the Text Study RoundTable. The cost is free for ATD-LA and ISPI-LA members. First time attendees or first-time guests are also free! There is a $10 charge for non-members. Our host, American Honda, graciously provides coffee for the RoundTable session. The on-site Starbucks conveniently opens at 7 AM for your breakfast needs!


The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and its members use evidence-based performance improvement research and practices to effect sustainable, measurable results, and add value to stakeholders in the private, public, and social sectors. Founded in 1962, ISPI is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and competence in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and 44 other countries.

ISPI International Website

Who belongs to IPSI?

Performance technologists, training directors, human resources managers, instructional designers, human factors practitioners, and organizational consultants are members of ISPI.

What we do

Membership in the Los Angeles chapter of ISPI includes admission - at no additional cost - to our Saturday Seminars and to the Friday Breakfast Series that is co-hosted with ATD-LA (formerly ASTD-LA).

How to join

Submit an application online or by mail. Annual membership is available for both individiuals and students.

ISPI - Los Angeles Chapter