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February Action Items
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    February Action Items

    • Apply for a Chapter Excellence Award (Deadline February 22)
    • Register for Chapter Leader Day (Sunday, May 19 at ATD 2019)
    • Form a chapter team to attend ATD 2019 in Washington, D.C.
    • Prepare your chapter’s 2018 990/990-N filing (Typically, May 15, or the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of the chapter’s tax year)

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    Chapter Services Promotion Announcement

    Congratulations to Samantha Herman who has been promoted to senior project manager of chapter services. Recruitment has started for a new chapter relations manager (CRM). In the meantime, Samantha will continue to support chapters in the western area.

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    2018 CARE Complete and CARE Review

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

    As a reminder, at the 2018 ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC), Wendy Gates Corbett, CPLP, and Chris Coladonato, CPLP, announced that chapter services and the NAC plan to review the CARE survey over the next year. 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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    Chapter Excellence Awards (CEA): Applications Now Open

    Deadline: February 22, 2019

    Don’t miss 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 are asked to 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, 2019, and chapters using Wild Apricot that have granted chapter services administrative access will be considered for this award. The CEA deadline is February 22, 2019. Visit to learn more about submission requirements.

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    Important Announcement from Wild Apricot

    Wild Apricot announced this week that it is introducing a new 20 percent payment servicing fee to subscription rates on April 2 for any paid accounts not using Wild Apricot Payments as its online payment system. To avoid the monthly fee, chapters can switch to the Wild Apricot payment system. Chapters on monthly accounts have the option to delay the fee for a year by pre-paying the chapter’s annual renewal before April 2. Chapter services has reached out to Wild Apricot and its parent company, Personify, to discuss the roll out of this plan and examine what options are available to chapters participating in the Wild Apricot Partnership Program. In the coming weeks, we will keep chapter leaders posted as we learn more information. In the meantime, we recommend that your board discusses which options are best for your chapter in light of this news.

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    New Power Member Resource

    In response to chapter leader requests, chapter services has created a short video promoting the value of Power Membership for chapters to post on their site, link to in newsletters and email communications, and play at chapter events. The video and the link to embed it to your chapter’s website are available at A special thanks to Danielle Buscher, CPLP, Chris Coladonato, CPLP, Wendy Gates Corbett, CPLP, and Demetria Miles for their participation!

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    Chapter Leader Orientation and Onboarding Webcast

    Review the webcast to learn what every chapter leader needs to know to get started! An overview of specific chapter leader resources and tools is included along with Chapter Leader Community (CLC) shortcuts. Watch the recording at

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    Chapter of the Month (COM)

    Congratulations to the Madison Area Chapter for its Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission, “State of the Chapter Annual Survey Meeting.”

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    Mandatory IRS Filing Requirements 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, 2019, for the 2018 tax year.

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

    Oprah Winfrey to deliver the opening keynote at ATD 2019! Read the press release to learn more.

    Register for Chapter Leader Day (CLD): 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.

    Discounted Rates for Chapter Members: 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.

    Earn Revenue: For each registration received with your chapter’s Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP) code, your chapter receives up to $80. Encourage your chapter members to use your ChIP code at checkout.

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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, 55 chapters are participating in the membership on the store program. Congratulations to the newest chapters added to the store: Hawaii and Memphis.

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

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    2018 State of the Industry report is now available!

    2018 State of the Industry report
    ATD members receive a downloadable report as a complimentary member benefit. Join the State of the Industry Webcast on January 29, 2 p.m. ET, to hear about learning benchmarking data and explore trends in key learning metrics with Maria Ho, associate director of ATD Research.

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    ATD Best Awards: Application Deadline March 15

    The ATD BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development. The BEST Awards application is live. Applications must be uploaded to the BEST Awards portal.

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    ATD Certification

    Mark your calendars for these upcoming Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) registration deadlines!

    February 27: Registration deadline for the upcoming APTD Knowledge Exam (April 3-24 testing window)

    February 6: Registration deadline for the upcoming CPLP Knowledge Exam (March 6-27 testing window)
    March 20: Registration deadline for the CPLP Skills Application Exam (May 1-21 testing window)

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    New, Free Resource: ATD Professional Development Specialist!

    ATD introduces this new, free resource to talent development professionals committed to lifelong learning to advise you on how to make the most of ATD learning opportunities. With the increase in options to develop your own or your team’s skills, ATD believes it’s important that you are able to connect with one of our specialists over the phone to discuss what courses make the most sense for you based on your goals, your role, and your industry. Connect with a specialist today.

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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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