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Featured Updates
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    Management Liability Program (D&O Insurance)

    ATD has a new partnership with Lockton Financial Services to establish individual Directors and Officers (D&O) policies for interested chapters. Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (often called D&O) is liability insurance offering protection to an organization (i.e., ATD chapter) against “wrongful acts,” or a breach of “duty,” of its directors, officers, employees, and volunteers. To set up your chapter's policy and for more information, please contact Greg Sparacio by telephone 312.669.6789 or email

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    Wild Apricot Partnership

    On April 3, 2018, Wild Apricot’s pricing plans are changing. They are adding more value and removing restrictions to all plans, giving unlimited administrators on accounts, and providing a mobile application. Review the full details and updates.

Important Deadlines
  • Chapter Excellence Awards
    Chapter Excellence Awards (CEA)

    Deadline: February 22
    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win up to $3,000!

    To be considered for the Excellence in Strategic Partnership or Excellence in Advancing the Profession Through CPLP awards, chapters must complete the corresponding application. No application is required to be considered for the Excellence in Joint Membership Growth award. Chapters submitting CARE rosters using the CARE roster template by January 31, 2018, and chapters using Wild Apricot that have granted chapter services administrative access, will be considered for this award. Learn more about submission requirements.

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    Mandatory IRS Filing Requirements

    IRS Deadline: May 15

    Forms must be filed every year by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of the chapter’s tax year. For most chapters this will be May 15, 2018, for the 2017 tax year. All chapters must submit their own chapter filing to the IRS. Failure to file for three consecutive years could lead to the loss of the chapter’s tax exempt status.

    For assistance, review the job aid on understanding tax filings.

  • February 2018 Chapter of the Month (COM)
    Chapter of the Month (COM)

    Baton Rouge Chapter: The Way We Were: Capturing and Archiving Your Chapter’s History

    The chapter has records dating back to 1998 that needed to be reviewed for archiving, indexing, and retention purposes. The chapter secretary undertook the task of reviewing the records, deciding what was necessary to keep, and devising a strategy for storage, indexing, naming, and searching purposes. A team was put in place to compile the chapter’s history and create a repository of records.

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    Host a Session on Change Agility at Your Chapter

    Identify emerging trends, brainstorm the outcomes of these trends, and identify ways for chapters to address these trends. Chapter services created the following materials to aid your chapter’s change agility session:
    • an infographic that features information collected during the ALC session
    a step-by-step guide for chapter leaders to facilitate a change agility session at their own chapter.

    Chapter leaders who use the guide to host a session on change agility are encouraged to submit the results of their session through an online form to help chapter services with an environmental scan.

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    75th Anniversary

    Share the role ATD has played in your professional and personal life for its 75th anniversary!
    • Email longer reflections and stories to We’ll be compiling these and sharing them throughout the year.
    • Share your story on social media using the hashtag #ATDat75.

  • CARE 2018
    Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE)

    Thank you for your time and effort to complete the annual CARE report! Results will be shared with chapters soon.

    Update to Joint Membership Activities in 2018
    Joint membership activities are included in CARE to help chapters be successful by using best practices.

    Beginning in 2018, the following changes go into effect to streamline joint membership activities:

    • Add participating in the chapter membership on the ATD Store program in addition to sharing best practices (whether on NAC area calls, through the Sharing Our Success—SOS—program, or at ALC) as recommended activities to make a list of 20 recommended joint membership activities.
    • Eliminate foundational activities, making no one activity required for completion over others.
    • Decrease the number of minimum activities from 13 to 10 to make tracking and completion of activities more manageable for chapter leaders.

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    2017 Power Membership Rates Available Through March 31

    • Chapter leaders and Power Members have until March 31, 2018, to lock in 2017 rates for up to three years. Please note that chapter leaders renewing for multiple years must continue to serve on the chapter board for the same length of time.
    • Marketing materials promoting the exciting changes to ATD membership offerings are now available.

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    ATD & South Central Chapters Regional Conference

    March 4-5, Dallas

    Chapter leaders and chapter members are invited to join us for a one-day learning and networking event with a reception the evening before. All chapter members will receive the member rate using the code ATDChapConf18 at checkout. Learn more at

    Thanks to our sponsor Lumina Learning!

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    ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition

    May 6-9, San Diego

    · Register for Chapter Leader Day on Sunday, May 6!
    · Start planning your chapter team if at least five members from your chapter are attending ATD 2018 for discounted rates! Email Natasha Porter to set up your team.
    · Earn revenue for your chapter through the Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP). Receive up to $80 for each registration received using your chapter’s code.

ATD Updates
  • SOIR
    2017 State of the Industry report now available!

    ATD members receive a downloadable report as a complimentary member benefit.
    · Missed the State of the Industry webcast with Maria Ho, senior manager of ATD Research? Access the archived recording to hear about learning benchmarking data and explore trends in key learning metrics.

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    ATD BEST Awards application is open!

    Applications must be uploaded to the BEST Awards portal. The deadline for entries is Saturday, March 31.

  • Membership on the Store
    Add Your Chapter’s Membership to the ATD Store

    Review the benefits of participation and determine if your chapter is eligible by reading the requirements document. Questions? Contact Erin Murphy.

    Currently, 40 chapters are participating in the membership on the store program. Congratulations to the newest chapters added to the store, Central Pennsylvania and Detroit!

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    Reach ATD by Text Message!

    ATD members and customers can reach our Customer Care team for assistance by texting 1.703.962.1415. The texting option will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. Customer Care can also be reached by emailing, by calling 800.628.2783, through chat on, or through Facebook Messenger from the ATD Facebook homepage by clicking on “Send Message.”

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