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Best practices on creating award and recognition opportunities

New York City: Recognizing Chapter Volunteers With Digital Badges

The New York City Chapter sought a more meaningful way to recognize its volunteers. Previously, the chapter handed out certificates to the volunteers at its year-end volunteer appreciation event. In 2019, the chapter distributed digital badges to volunteers in recognition of their service. Using the free platform Badgr, the board created virtual badges to include the chapter’s logo, year, and volunteer role. Volunteers can showcase the badge on social media, personal websites, LinkedIn profiles, and in their email signatures. The digital badge allows volunteers to proudly and more broadly showcase their chapter volunteer efforts.

YEAR: 2020

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER: Excellence in Talent Development Should be Rewarded

SUMMARY: The chapter created its own awards program to celebrate the accomplishments of local businesses and increase community awareness of the chapter. The Excellence Awards recognize successful companies in four categories: effective talent development programs, leadership development, talent development innovation, and powerful partnerships. The chapter invites the winners to present on their submissions at its year-end celebration event, which allows members to learn more about effective talent development trends, methods, and technologies.

YEAR: 2019

KANSAS CITY CHAPTER: Chapter Awards Event

SUMMARY: The Kansas City chapter was focused on promoting and recognizing excellence in the field of talent development, but found its processes were coming up short. As a result, the chapter redesigned its award event to meet the needs of its members and celebrate their successes in a way that is better aligned with the chapter's mission.

YEAR: 2015

ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER: Volunteer of the Month

SUMMARY: The Volunteer of the Month program is dedicated to increasing volunteer engagement. Each month a chapter member who is not on the board is recognized for their volunteer efforts at the monthly learning event and receives a certificate. In addition to the recognition, the recipient's manager is notified of the award and invited to the chapter event.

YEAR: 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE CHAPTER: Champions of Learning Event

SUMMARY: For Employee Learning Week, Fort Lauderdale chapter formed an event committee to implement their biggest event of the year, their Champions of Learning event. They marketed and solicited local companies to submit their best practices incentivizing them with recognition and reward. The chapter recognized all contributions at the event with a framed certificate and they selected and awarded the top three submissions with trophies. The event attracted 160 attendees and resulted in a 12 percent increase in chapter membership the following month.

YEAR: 2008


SUMMARY: This SOS provides information about an event where the Metro DC Chapter gathered more than 175 workplace learning and performance individuals from multiple organizations, increasing exposure, membership, and raising money.

YEAR: 2008

METRO DC CHAPTER: Volunteer Recognition and Fundraiser

SUMMARY: This SOS discusses how the Metro DC Chapter hosted a Volunteer Recognition & Fundraising Dinner to recognize the great volunteering efforts and raise money for the Washington DC Capital Area Food Bank.

YEAR: 2008


SUMMARY: In an effort to recruit members in the technology industry, the Greater Birmingham Chapter had a booth where their VP of communication, VP of marketing, and President provided information to technology professionals about their chapter. The chapter emphasized the importance of communication in a professional environment and how their ATD chapter provides workshops and programs on these subjects, as well as many other that will assist them in their professional career.

YEAR: 2008

HOUSTON CHAPTER: Volunteer Summit

SUMMARY: The Houston chapter's Volunteer Summit is an annual event that helps to promote the value of the ATD Houston chapter through increased membership and volunteerism.

YEAR: 2008

CASCADIA CHAPTER: Co-Sponsor Agreement

SUMMARY: The Cascadia chapter's Co-Sponsor Agreement SOS outlines the roles/responsibilities and associated accountability for any programs sponsored with other organizations.

YEAR: 2008


SUMMARY: The Charlotte chapter's Day of Learning is a one-day conference with multiple tracks and is the main event of the chapter's Employee Learning Week activities. Its purpose is to provide advanced learning practitioners with a local, high quality professional development opportunity.

YEAR: 2008

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Request for Proposal

SUMMARY: The Nebraska chapter strategically plans programs in advance with content that matches the ATD competencies and as a result, gained credible speakers.

YEAR: 2008

CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER: Redesign of Chapter HRDI Program and Alignment with ATD Competency Model

SUMMARY: The popularity of Chicagoland chapter’s once successful Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI) began to diminish as the materials and content became outdated. The chapter felt that the value to attendees and the training community was still high. By working with local universities, the chapter redesigned the HRDI to a Workplace Learning and Performance Institute and aligned the program with the ATD Competency Model.

YEAR: 2007


SUMMARY: The Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio chapters developed a joint effort to promote ELW, including an online forum and joint programming for chapter members. Participants received “ELW Toolkits” and gift bags from the chapters. The joint effort increased community awareness of ELW.

YEAR: 2007

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Red Carpet Affair: A PR and Recognition Event

SUMMARY: This SOS describes how ATD Nebraska celebrates its 50th anniversary with an Awards Banquet that honors their past, recognizes their present, and looks toward their future.

YEAR: 2006

NORTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER: Management Insights Program

SUMMARY: The North Louisiana chapter developed the “Management Insights Program” to increase the awareness of ATD and its mission in their business community and to grow their chapter membership.

YEAR: 2006

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER: Tribute to Learning Awards Program

SUMMARY: The Las Vegas chapter hosts the “Tribute to Learning Awards,” an annual event that includes best practices in the Southern Nevada training and development field.

YEAR: 2006

SAN ANTONIO CHAPTER: Organization of the Year Award

SUMMARY: The San Antonio chapter developed an “Organization of the Year” Award to recognize local organizations that have at least one employee who is a member of the local chapter.

YEAR: 2005

LINCOLN CHAPTER: Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. = Win! A Fighter Pilot's Secret to Business Success

SUMMARY: The Lincoln chapter hosted an event entitled “Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. = Win! A Fighter Pilot's Secret to Business Success” with Afterburner.

YEAR: 2005

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