"Lessons from the Military: How the Military Leads the World in Training & What They Can Teach Us"

  • 16 Jul 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Crow Canyon Country Club


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"Lessons from the Military: How the Military Leads the World in Training & What They Can Teach Us" 
With John Cooper, Ed Pax, and Ana Sarver


Have you ever wondered who created the many tools, models, and paradigms that we have to create and deliver our work?

While university research and corporate experimentation have made great contributions,  many of the items in the modern training toolbox like ADDIE, After Action Reviews, etc., were first invented by military training organizations.

Join us for a panel discussion with three military training professionals to learn why and how military training organizations continue to guide the world’s learning development theories and applications.


  • How does the ultimate High-stakes, High-consequences" environment affect training?
  • What problems were the various training models developed by the military intended to solve, and what problems do they solve for us?
  • What training innovations has the military implemented that we may not be aware of or that can be used in new ways?

And don't forget to:
  • Enjoy the great country club food!
  • Network with great people!
  • Have great fun!
Are you a Trainer, OD Pro, or Instructional Designer, Consultant or Training Leader? Are you ready to take it to the next level?Then you'll definitely benefit from the improved memory skills you'll learn from this panel discussion.


Frederick John Cooper is the proprietor of his own consultancy in the Bay Area, EUL Technologies. He is a past chapter board member and member of ASTD National. John is a former US Navy Lieutenant Commander who served for 30 years in various roles, including Fleet Training, Electronic Warfare, Damage Control, Airwing Readiness, and Combat Maintenance and Operations. Since then he has implemented a broad range of program for numerous public and private sector clients. He is certified in numerous program, including the W. Edwards Demings Fundamentals of Total Quality Managment and Statistical Analysis for Process Improvement, Zenger-Miller, World Class Process Improvement, and Just-in-Time Manufacturing. John is experienced in project management, PeopleSoft Financials, HRMS, ERP, and technical writing.  


Ed Pax served 21 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence officer and Civil Affairs officer. He trained personnel at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California for a good part of his career. In the past 11 years, he worked with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman as a technical training developer and project manager for the Army’s Automated Battle Command Systems located in Tactical Operations Centers throughout the Army. He holds a doctorate degree in Training and Human Performance Improvement from Capella University. Currently, Ed is working for The Mosaic Company as a Senior Consultant.

Ana Sarver is an Operations Chief in the  US Navy Reserves who serves as a leadership facilitator and whose background includes organizational leadership, technical and behavioral training, and results measurement. Chief Sarver has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and again in 2008. Both tours serving as Convoy Security Element Commander and Movement Control.

Chief Sarver is designated Seabee Combat Warfare and Fleet Marine Forces Qualified, and has won numerous awards and metals. She volunteers time with wounded and ill service members at the VA Poly Trauma Unit in Palo Alto, and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Psychology at Brandman University.

The New Registration Process

Use the "REGISTER' tool to the left as follows:

  • TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "credit card" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • TO RSVP & PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "MANUAL" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • If you have questions, email or call Angie Kutlik at 925-484-4087.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

The Price Includes Your Meal

  • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $35
    (also for Sacramento, Las Vegas & Golden Gate chapter members)
  • Guest / Non Member Rate: $40
  • Student Rate: $30
    (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

Regular Time, Date and Agenda

We meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month.

  • 5:30 pm Networking
  • 6:00 pm Dinner begins
  • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
  • 7:45 pm Meeting Adjourns /
    Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

Professional opportunities are usually mentioned during the meeting.


Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Directions from 680

  • Take Crow Canyon Blvd East
  • Go Left on El Capitan (Tahiti will be on your right)
  • Take the 1st right to enter the Crow Canyon Country Club
  • Tell the Guard you are attending the ASTD Event
    Drive straight the parking entrance is about 100 yards
    ahead on your left.

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