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    Complete the Annual Chapter Leader Survey!

    ATD values your feedback as a chapter leader. Chapter services uses information from the annual chapter leader survey to provide resources and improve services that help ATD chapters be successful. The 2018 chapter leader survey was individually sent to chapter leaders earlier this week, and chapter leaders will have until November 30 to complete the survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your input, and it should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. Thank you for your leadership!

CARE Corner
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    Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) Updates

    CARE Survey Deadline: The CARE survey submission deadline is January 31, 2019. Chapters that submit their survey by the early deadline of January 18, 2019, will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a complimentary 2019 ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC) registration.
    Unique CARE Survey Link: Chapter services will send unique CARE survey links to chapter CARE contacts later this month. Chapter contacts who do not receive their unique CARE survey link should contact their chapter relations manager (CRM). Additionally, chapters that are considering answering “false” to any question in section two of the survey are encouraged to reach out to their CRM or National Advisor for Chapters (NAC) for assistance.
    Looking for Last Year’s CARE Submission? Contact your CRM! Last year’s CARE submission can serve as a helpful guide as your chapter prepares this year’s submission.
    Chance to Win a Professional Plus Membership: Chapters that submit their 2019 board rosters to chapter services by December 31, 2018, will be entered into a lottery to receive a complimentary ATD Professional Plus Membership. Submit your roster to your CRM using the 2019 board member roster template.

    Update to Joint Membership Activities: Joint membership activities are included in CARE to help chapters be successful by using best practices. Review the webcast from the NAC CARE team to learn more.

    This year, the following changes went into effect to streamline joint membership activities:
    • Add participating in the chapter membership on the ATD Store program in addition to sharing joint membership best practices (whether on NAC area calls, through the Sharing Our Success—SOS—program, or at ALC) as recommended 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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    Chapter of the Month (COM)

    Puget Sound: State Meetup at ATD 2018’s Ice Cream Social

    To engage with local talent development professionals, foster networking, and increase the number of ATD members involved in the Puget Sound Chapter, the chapter leaders decided to host a state-wide meetup during the ATD International Conference & Exposition. There were no costs associated with the event, as the chapter capitalized on having the meetup during the conference’s ice cream social. Many attendees were not local chapter members, leading to a surge in new members in addition to identifying a need for a Geographic Interest Group (GIG) on the east side of the state.

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    Sharing Our Success (SOS)

    The SOS program helps chapters improve through finding and sharing easy-to-use ideas, resources, and practices.

    Nebraska: Creating a Director of Sponsorship

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    CARE Under Review in 2019!

    At 2018 ALC, Wendy Gates Corbett, CPLP, and Chris Coladonato, CPLP, current and incoming NAC Chairs, respectively, announced that chapter services and the NAC plan to review and revamp the CARE survey over the next year. The current CARE survey has not undergone significant change in at least 12 years. As a result, it is worthwhile to reevaluate the existing CARE elements and examine the overall purpose of CARE from the perspective of both ATD and chapters. There are five goals of the evaluation: support chapters to run like a business; maintain affiliation with ATD to ensure consistency and alignment; decrease the administrative burden of survey completion; partner with chapter services to assist in the physical completion of the survey; and compile meaningful data for chapters and create deeper synergy between ATD and chapters. The updated survey will not take effect until 2020, so this year’s CARE process remains unchanged. Chapter leaders are encouraged to get involved in the review process and share their feedback. Complete the form at to sign up.

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    ATD Student Scholarships and Dissertation Award—Applications Open August 15!

    Deadline: November 20

    Students in a doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate program are encouraged to apply for the ATD John Coné student membership scholarships, ATD International Conference & Exposition registration scholarship, and the ATD Essentials Series online workshop scholarship. Applicants should be current students at the time of submitting the application.

    The ATD Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research about talent development practices. It is presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a degree has been granted between August 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.

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    Employee Learning Week (ELW): December 3-7

    ELW is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. Visit for more information, marketing materials, and resources to support your promotion of ELW locally. Share what your chapter is doing for ELW by emailing, and ATD will recognize your chapter as a 2018 Champion of Learning.

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    Advancing Talent Development Awards - Deadline December 31

    ATD is seeking nominations for exceptional individuals and teams for our Advancing Talent Development Awards.

    • If you know someone outside the field who advocates for talent development, consider nominating them for the Champion of Talent Development Award.
    • Know a TD practitioner with a distinguished career and track record of adding value to the field? Nominate them for the Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award.
    • Individuals or teams who are doing truly innovative work in talent development can be nominated for the Innovation in Talent Development Award.

    Those newer to the profession (five years or less experience) can be nominated for the One to Watch Award.

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    Share What Resources Would Be Most Helpful to You

    After reviewing the results of the member survey (thank you to all who participated), we are creating more actionable, member-only resources to add to our repository of job aids and tools. To guide our efforts, please let us know what would be most helpful! Complete this quick, three-question survey by November 30 to give us insight into what topics and types of tools will be most beneficial.

Recruitment Corner
ATD Updates
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    Mark your calendar for these upcoming ATD conferences and events at locations across the country:

    ATD TechKnowledge 2019 | February 6-8, 2019, West Palm Beach, FL

    ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition | May 19-22, Washington, D.C.

    · Chapter Leader Day is an opportunity for chapter leaders from across the country to network, share ideas, and learn about ATD resources. Chapter Leader Day at ATD 2019 will be Sunday, May 19.

    · Start planning your chapter team now! If at least five members of your chapter are attending the conference, the chapter qualifies for a special team rate. Contact Natasha Porter to set up a chapter team and receive the early bird rates of $1,325 for members and $1,625 for nonmembers.

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    Nominate an Up-and-Coming Young Professional

    Work with an outstanding young professional? Let us know! Nominate them for an interview in TD magazine’s Up & Coming column, which highlights the accomplishments of talent development newcomers. This individual should be under 35 years old, viewed as a leader by peers and colleagues, and have demonstrated professional achievements, such as leading successful projects, managing teams, displaying excellent leadership capabilities, or mentoring others.

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    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, 51 chapters are participating in the membership on the store program. Congratulations to the newest chapter added to the store: Long Island!

    Phase II of the program, which allows for automatic updates to Wild Apricot, is live! Five chapters are currently enrolled with more being added on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Learn more at

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    Select Your Custom TD Magazine Content Today

    ATD members have the power to choose from four key talent development topics to appear in the quarterly custom section of your TD magazine. All four topics will be included on the TD webpage and in the ATD Publications app. The next deadline for you to choose your topic is January 10 for the February 2019 issue.

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    The ATD Job Bank Is Not Just for ATD!

    In March 2018, ATD switched its job bank to a new vendor with a much faster search engine and better candidate matching algorithms, along with a redesigned and more user-friendly interface. Niche job sites like ATD’s Job Bank are one of the best ways to find highly qualified candidates online for positions requiring specific competencies and skill sets.

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