For this T+D issue recognizing the 60th anniversary of ASTD leading the workplace learning and performance profession, we had the occasion to look back over some early copies of T+D's predecessor, what was then called the Journal Industrial Training. One article starts out with a sentence that goes something like, "... when training men decide to conduct...." Well, in fact, though that sounds antiquated now, it was accurate. ASTD began as an association of 12 training men--in particular, training directors. Another article was for the spouses of training men and offered advice on "fashion and poise."
That was then, this is now.
Women proliferate in the profession and make up almost 65 percent of ASTD's membership. They're thought leaders in not only what might be considered the humanistic or softer side of training--such as career development, communications, work-life balance--but also in technology (such as Gloria Gery); performance (Dana Gaines Robinson); talent management (Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans); change management (Patricia McLagan); and other strategic, big-picture areas of the field. …