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2020 Archived Issues

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March Action Items
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    • Register to attend the Ask the ATD Professionals Webcast: Membership Edition on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
    • Register to attend the Chapter Success Series on June 9, 17, 25, and 26 at 2 p.m. ET.
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    Virtual Resources for Chapters
    With chapters shifting to virtual events and meetings, the chapter services team is here to support your efforts. Check out the new virtual resources page at

    Chapters are encouraged to add to this page as well. Reach out to your CRM with resources to share with your fellow chapter leaders or submit a Sharing Our Success submission.
  • Success Series Webcast
    Chapter Success Series: June Webcasts
    All chapter volunteers are invited to attend the virtual Chapter Success Series, a sequence of webcasts to help you develop a broader understanding of foundational chapter elements. Each webcast will focus in depth on two different topics to demonstrate how these areas together enable you to provide a consistent member experience. The series will culminate with a virtual networking power hour, a time for chapter leaders to interact by role. Attend all the webcasts to receive a certificate of completion for your participation.

    June 9 at 2 p.m. ET: Governance and Programming Resources to Elevate the Member Experience
    June 17 at 2 p.m. ET: Communications and Finance Resources to Boost Chapter Knowledge
    June 25 at 2 p.m. ET: Board of Directors and Membership Resources to Enhance Your Chapter Leadership
    June 26 at 2 p.m. ET: Networking Power Hour to Connect With Fellow Chapter Leaders
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    Ask the ATD Professionals Webcast: Membership Edition
    Join ATD staff members Alysse Klinger, membership project manager, and Allison Rafti, membership marketing manager, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a robust membership discussion during which you can ask your most pressing questions. Whether your chapter is focused on recruitment, engagement, or retention (or all the above), this discussion will take your membership efforts to the next level. Register today!
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    Apply for the 2021–2023 National Advisors for Chapters (NAC)
    Chapter presidents and past presidents interested in continuing their leadership development are encouraged to apply for the NAC. ATD is currently accepting applications through the online application form until Monday, June 1. Learn more about serving on the committee via the archived Become a NAC webcast or by reading the committees at-a-glance document.

    Join the NAC nominating committee on May 14 at 5 p.m. ET for a virtual happy hour. This will be your opportunity to learn more about the committee and the application process, network with other chapter leaders, and ask questions. Have your favorite drink while quenching your thirst for NAC. Sign up here to attend.
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    Mandatory IRS Filing Requirements Deadline Is 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, 2020, for the 2019 tax year.
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    Mandatory IRS Filings Deadline Extended to July 15
    The IRS recently announced that the deadline to submit 990/990-N filings for the 2019 tax year is extended to July 15. To ensure process consistency, chapters are still encouraged to file by May 15. To assist chapters with their financial health and meeting CARE financial requirements, chapter services requests that each chapter submit a copy of its most recently filed 990 and/or 990-N and confirmation of acceptance by July 31. Thank you to all chapters that have already filed.
  • Chapter Excellence Awards Applications
    Chapter Excellence Awards Applications Open Now!
    The 2021 Chapter Excellence Awards (CEAs) recognize chapters that achieved excellence in three key areas of chapter development throughout the 2020 calendar year. ATD awards a $1,000 cash prize to one small, medium, and large chapter in each key area for a total of nine possible awards. Your chapter may be eligible to win up to $3,000!

    The award categories are:
    Excellence in Strategic Partnership
    Excellence in Advancing the Profession Through ATD Certification (APTD/CPTD)
    Excellence in Net Joint Membership Growth*

    Visit to learn more and start preparing your application. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020. Apply Here

    *(No application is necessary for the Net Joint Membership Growth category.)
Invite an ATD Speaker to Your Chapter
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    Invite an ATD Speaker to Your Chapter
    If your chapter is interested in having your chapter relations manager (CRM), an ATD staff member, or ATD representative speak at your chapter, complete the speaker request form at Chapter services will work to coordinate availability and logistics for the visit based on the details provided.
  • Chapter of the month May 2020
    Chapter of the Month
    Congratulations to the May Chapter of the Month: Maine

    The Maine Chapter identified a need for networking and professional development opportunities among its members who work as consultants. The chapter created a consultants’ special interest group (SIG) to meet these needs and designated a board liaison to ensure that the SIG remained aligned with the chapter’s overall strategy. The SIG has improved consultants’ satisfaction with the chapter, increased chapter membership, and heightened consultants’ awareness of the resources available through ATD and the chapter.
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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 more about the below submissions at

    Madison Area: Adjusting to Online Event Needs
    New York City: Recognizing Chapter Volunteers With Digital Badges
    New York City: Connecting Our Community via LinkedIn

    Submit an SOS today!
  • Innovation
    ATD TechKnowledge 2021 Conference
    Add the TechKnowledge dates to your calendar. ATD TechKnowledge 2021 Conference will be held January 27–29 in San Antonio, Texas. Interested in presenting at TechKnowledge? Submit a proposal to speak at the conference by May 22. Presenters selected will receive one complimentary registration. For more information, contact

  • ATD Virtual Conference 2020
    Have Your Chapter Represented at ATD Virtual Conference
    Register for ATD Virtual Conference: Building Capabilities and Connection, June 1–5. The keynote speakers for the event include Ken Blanchard, Erica Dhawan, and Keith Ferrazzi. In addition to more than 100 hours of content, this conference will provide you with knowledge from leading thinkers, experts, and visionaries in the talent development field delivered straight to your home.

    Form a chapter team of at least five of your chapter members and contact to set up your team to receive an exclusive discount. Register with your Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP) code, and your chapter will receive 5 percent of the registration. To help your chapter get out the word about the virtual conference, chapters are encouraged to use the collateral here, which includes email templates, logos, and sample social media posts.
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    Membership on the ATD Store
    Add your chapter’s membership to the ATD Store!

    Currently, 65 chapters are participating in the program. Congrats to Smoky Mountain, the newest chapter added to the Store. Sixteen 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.