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October Action Items
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    • Register for the webcast “Role Call:” Identify the Part You Play in Your Chapter's CARE Achievement, which will be held on November 10, 2 p.m. ET.

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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
    This month ATD will share resources and content about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through a variety of media to increase awareness on these topics for talent development professionals.
    • Read through the October issue of TD and the fall issue of CTDO magazines for articles on DEI.
    • Tune in to our new podcast on October 19 to hear from experts on the advancement of DEI in the workplace.
    • Browse the new quarterly DE&I newsletter for a curated list of resources.

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    Thank you for Attending ALC!
    As ALC 2020 comes to a close, we want to thank YOU for making our 50th anniversary celebration so special. Not only was this our first virtual ALC, but it was also our largest chapter leader conference to date with nearly 500 attendees representing more than 80 chapters. We hope you enjoyed the keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities and leave you with some exciting new ideas to take back to your chapter. All sessions were recorded and will be available to registrants through the conference platform for the next 90 days. Special thanks to members of ALC PAC and our session facilitators for making this conference possible. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
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    Enhance Your Chapter Leader Recruitment
    Ramp up your leadership recruitment efforts as your chapter plans for the new year. Review for resources to support your work including the recent TD magazine article, “Volunteering Provides a Value-Added Career Boost.” The article is available to the public; reference and link to the piece in emails, social media, and on the chapter’s website to emphasize the vital role of volunteer service in professional development. If you need extra support with your recruitment efforts, reach out to your NAC and CRM.
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    "Role Call:" Identify the Part You Play in Your Chapter's CARE Achievement Webcast
    Everyone has a role in the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE). Do you know yours?

    Whether you are a CARE Completer (completing and submitting the online CARE survey for the current or upcoming year), CARE Strategist (incorporating the work from CARE in your chapter’s strategy), or CARE Supporter (contributing data, sharing information, or assisting the other roles in their work), there is a place for you. Join the webcast on November 10 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more.

    During the session, you will:
    • Learn everything you need to know, plan, and do to take your CARE game to the next level.
    • Gain a better understanding of the process changes, resources, and tools to support your chapter’s annual submission.
    • Collaborate with other chapter leaders through breakout sessions to develop valuable takeaways that you can apply to this year’s CARE effort.

    Level up on your road to excellence as you close out 2020 by registering today
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    Review and Share Recent Chapter Webcasts
    Chapter services recently hosted three webcasts covering crucial chapter topics. Recordings of the webcasts below are available at
    • COVID-19 Considerations for Chapters on Gathering and Convening
    • Virtual Conference: A How-To Guide for Planning
    • Chapter Leader Orientation and Onboarding Webcast
  • Chapter Excellence Awards Applications
    Has Your Chapter Achieved Excellence in 2020?
    At ATD, hard work pays off. Be recognized for your efforts by applying for a Chapter Excellence Award (CEA). With nine possible awards, chapters are eligible to win up to $3,000 for their achievements in 2020.

    To be considered for the Excellence in Strategic Partnership or Excellence in Advancing the Profession Through ATD Certification awards, chapters are asked to complete the corresponding application. Visit to learn more about submission requirements and access resources to support your application. The deadline for submission is December 31.
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    ATD Virtual Conference: Unleash Potential
    Join us October 26–30 for ATD Virtual Conference: Unleash Potential. Customize your virtual experience with content from ATD's popular Core 4 and OrgDev events as well as the new Future of Work conference. It is like having three events in one.
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    It Is Never Too Early to Start Planning for Employee Learning Week (ELW)
    Prepare now for your chapter to become a 2020 Champion of Learning. Employee Learning Week (ELW), December 7–11, is an awareness campaign that highlights the essential connection between learning and achieving organizational results. Visit for more information, marketing materials, resources to support your promotion of ELW locally, and to share your chapter’s efforts.
  • October Chapter of the Month 2020
    Chapter of the Month
    Congratulations to the October Chapter of the Month: Buffalo Niagara

    The Buffalo Niagara Chapter created a special interest group (SIG) for facilitators. The SIG hosts an open mic night where facilitators can try different classroom techniques, activities, ice breakers, lectures, and more before receiving immediate feedback from the group. At the event, presenters are given a 15-minute block of time. Once the presentation concludes, attendees fill out a feedback form and share their thoughts with the presenter. Whether they presented at or attended the most recent open mic, all participants shared they were uplifted by receiving valuable feedback from peers or learning something in the process of work-shopping an activity, lecture, and so forth, respectively.

    Submit an SOS to be eligible for Chapter of the Month!
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    Sharing Our Success (SOS): Newly Approved Submissions
    The SOS program helps chapters improve through sharing and finding easy-to-use ideas, resources, and practices. Read submissions at
    • Ann Arbor: Free Online Tool to House, Update, and Access Procedures to Transform Board Onboarding and Task Management

    Submit an SOS today!
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    Membership on the ATD Store
    Add your chapter’s membership to the ATD Store!

    Currently, 70 chapters are participating in the program. Congrats to Cascadia, the newest chapters added to the Store. Twenty-three chapters are participating in Phase II of the program, which allows ATD’s system to automatically import new and renewing membership information directly to the chapter’s Wild Apricot database.

    To join the program or move into Phase II, contact Erin Murphy.