What's on the the agenda?

If you're the type of person who likes to plan ahead, today is your day.

We are happy that we are able to share with you the full agenda for the 2018 ICD National Conference a little more than two weeks away from meeting in Philadelphia.

While we always reserve the right for last-minute adjustments, we don't foresee that there will be any major changes. We hope releasing the agenda will help you better plan your time at our conference.



  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 17 May / 0 Comments
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Moving On, Moving Up, and Moving In

When I was hired as Executive Director at ICD in 2013, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. And now it is time to pass that opportunity on to someone else.

I am retiring from ICD, effective May 31. Assistant Director Sean Hayden has been appointed to take my place, and Stephanie Stalmah will assume the duties of Assistant Director.

Before coming to the ICD National Office, I had served as union co-chair for the USW/ArcelorMittal-Burns Harbor program for many years, so I was well aware of all the great things the program did for Steelworkers at my home local, USW 6787.

But being from Burns Harbor and seeing everything through that lens, I always just assumed that we had the best program out there.

What struck me most after taking this job and traveling around the country to all the different sites was the amazing job ALL of the programs were doing to serve Steelworker educational needs. It really is remarkable.

I want to thank you for that. I know you all did an excellent job well before I joined ICD and will continue to do so into the future.

As I leave, I do so knowing I leave you in very capable hands. Our staff is second to none and I will miss their friendship most of all. We will be adding a new Program Specialist, but I will leave those introductions for Sean and Steph to make.

I don’t have any immediate plans in retirement, except for maybe getting out on the road with my wife Deb and our Airstream trailer.

If I could leave you with one final piece of advice, it’s this – from a song by Darius Rucker: “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?”

Whether it’s for you, your family, or ICD, try something for the first time. It just might make a difference.

Thanks for everything. This has been one great ride.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 7 May / 18 Comments
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Trying something new

Every day brings us one day closer to the ICD National Conference in Philadelphia, which means every week now we should have some new information to share with you.

Because of the timing of this year’s conference – early June, many schools out for the summer – we anticipate that some people are going to be bringing their families with. 

Of course, we want them to enjoy their time and feel welcome. That’s why, this year, FOR THE FIRST TIME, we are considering hosting a Family Welcome Breakfast. The breakfast would be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, while the rest of us are in the conference general session. ICD staff members’ families will be there to greet all guests.

Please help us out. If your family is accompanying you to Philly and you think this might be something they would enjoy,  

Two constant reminders.

  1. Please make sure, with almost all local union elections complete, that the proper committee members are registered.
  2. The hotel reservation deadline has been extended to May 14.

Thanks. See you soon.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 2 May / 0 Comments
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Right around the corner

The countdown is officially on for Philadelphia.

Last week, Sean and Stephanie from our staff traveled out to Philly to walk through the hotel, set up many of the logistical details and get a better sense of what our experience will be when we arrive in six weeks.

From what they tell me, everything should be good to go for the first week of June.

I know for many of you, school will be out by then, which means there’s a chance you might be thinking about taking your kids. Philly is a great historical city and it might be a fun trip for them.

In working with the hotel, we have two lnks that show the best attractions and restaurants in Philly for families.

I want to urge any committee that had a change due to local union elections, to please get those changes to us as soon as possible and to also make sure any new committee members get registered and reserve hotel rooms.

There is no better venue for newcomers to learn all about ICD than our national conference!

You can register for the conference, or get more info, .

And you can reserve your hotel room  Finally, we have extended the hotel room reservation deadline to May 14.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 25 April / 0 Comments
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Time to show off

One thing we hear often from sites is that they want to know what’s going on at OTHER sites. Whenever we get together, there is a good amount of sharing ideas and everyone always says they want more of that.


At this year’s National Conference in Philadelphia, we are hosting a Site Showcase during Thursday’s proceedings. We invite as many sites as possible to participate.

What’s a Site Showcase and what am I committing to, you ask?

Well, here’s what the Site Showcase is: YOUR opportunity to share your successes and/or best practices with the rest of the programs nationwide.

  • Is there a class that has been successful that surprised you?
  • Is there a marketing strategy that has been effective?
  • Is there anything – ANYTHING – you want to brag about or show off?

We don’t expect you to sit at the table during the Site Showcase. We just want it displayed for the rest of the participants to see!

It could be a photo display, it could be an item or items produced in a class, or it could simply be flyers. However big or small, we want to see it. And so does everyone else.

To sign up and participate, click . Thanks.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 6 April / 0 Comments
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