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Chapter of the Month

The Chapter of the Month (COM) program highlights a chapter each month that deserves special recognition. Recipients must have had a Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission accepted, be 100 percent CARE achieved, and have not been featured as Chapter of the Month within the past 18 months.

Congratulations to the February Chapter of the Month, Rochester!


Beginning in 2020, the Rochester Chapter committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) central to chapter operations and incorporating it into the ATD Talent Development Capability Model. Over the next two years, the chapter brought on a VP of DEI as a standalone board position, founded a DEI community of practice to discuss the intersection of DEI and leadership and development, and explored diversifying chapter membership and bringing a DEI lens into existing programming. As part of their commitment to facilitating productive conversation around DEI, the board also developed a set of dialogue guidelines to be shared with the chapter. Additionally, the chapter hosted both a mini conference on DEI and a series of inclusion labs where participants discussed issues like inclusive language, policies, and instructional design, as well as developed practical tools to bring equitable practices into the field. Over time, these DEI-centered activities have helped increase member engagement, recruit new members, and generate positive feedback from attendees.

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Each Chapter of the Month receives the following:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Profile on the Chapter of the Month homepage
  • Letter from the ATD president and CEO
  • Use of press release banner and press release
  • Public recognition at Chapter Leader Day (CLD) and the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC)
  • Listing in the ALC program
  • Use of the Chapter of the Month logo
  • Recognition in the Leader Connection Newsletter (LCN)

ATD highlights chapters that shine!

If your chapter has had a Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission accepted, is CARE achieved, and have not been featured recently as Chapter of the Month (within 18 months), you might be the next chapter for this award!

The COM program is managed by the Chapter Recognition Committee (CRC). Visit the CRC webpage for more information about COM and committee contact information.

If you have questions, please see the FAQs or contact your chapter relations manager (CRM). We look forward to working with you!

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Chapter of the Month (COM) program?
The Chapter of the Month program recognizes outstanding chapters whose practices and programs represent the best ATD has to offer. It highlights chapters who have earned special recognition for their best practice success.
What are the criteria to be Chapter of the Month?
To be considered for Chapter of the Month, a chapter must:
  • Have an approved Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission which demonstrates an innovative approach or solution to key chapter functions
  • Be CARE achieved at the time of selection
  • Not have been selected as Chapter of the Month in the previous 18 months
Is there a time limit or “expiration date” on approved SOS submissions for a chapter to be considered for Chapter of the Month?
There is no set time limit. As long as the chapter has at least one approved SOS submission and meets the other criteria above, it is eligible for Chapter of the Month.
How often can a chapter be Chapter of the Month?
One of the key criteria to receive the award is to not have been selected as Chapter of the Month within an 18-month timeframe. Additionally, factors such as chapter size, geographic location, and CARE category of the approved SOS submission(s) are also considered in an effort to be as fair as possible.
Past Chapters of the Month
2019 Chapters of the Month
  • January - Central Pennsylvania
  • February - Madison Area
  • March - Rocky Mountain
  • April - New York City
  • May - Central Ohio
  • June - Hawaii
  • July - Detroit
  • August - Greater Richmond
  • September - Los Angeles
  • October - Central Iowa
  • November - Central Florida
  • December - Maryland
2018 Chapters of the Month
  • January - Chattanooga Area
  • February - Baton Rouge
  • March - Sacramento
  • April - Rochester
  • May - Greater Philadelphia
  • June - Cascadia
  • July - Greater Las Vegas
  • August - Houston
  • September - Pikes Peak
  • October - Nebraska
  • November - Puget Sound
  • December - New Mexico
2017 Chapters of the Month