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Chapter Conferences

GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER: Reimagined Chapter Conference

SUMMARY: At the beginning of 2017, the chapter created a "Total Member Value" initiative to connect everything the chapter does back to the value provided to members. This initiative drove all aspects of the chapter including the conference, where the goal was to build an experience for each group the chapter serves: internal practitioners, 1099 individual practitioners, and sponsors. The chapter identified Drexel University to be a cosponsor, who would provide the space for free and would co-market the event. The chapter offered continuing education credits, which allowed them to cross market with SHRM, adding even more value. The conference experience extended past the one-day event. Sponsors were given the opportunity to sponsor a lunch-and-learn event in later months, and conference attendees could attend those future events. Overall, the conference sold out available sponsorships and received very high marks from participants and members.

YEAR: 2017

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA CHAPTER: State Conference

SUMMARY: The Central Oklahoma and Tulsa chapters have created a partnership to hold a yearly state conference and alternate which chapter hosts the event. The Central Oklahoma Vice President and Past President gathered the conference knowledge, information, and tasks after hosting the conference to document and share with future conference planning teams. The idea is that the knowledge management for the conference will continue to improve this annual offering for the professionals in the area and will save an average of 120 hours in conference planning. The document extensively outlines all planning process steps. This will allow the team to continue to add value to the conference and grow the event’s reach in the community.

YEAR: 2017

SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA CHAPTER: Annual Chapter Conference: Transforming Talent Development

SUMMARY: The chapter created an annual conference to provide talent development professionals with an opportunity to experience a smaller version of ATD’s International Conference & Exposition. Talent development professionals from the local area had the opportunity to learn, transform, engage, and experience training transformation. Additionally, the chapter secured two sponsorships, lowered the cost per attendee to $5.25, and increased revenue from $750 in 2015 to $1,090 in 2016.

YEAR: 2017

UTAH CHAPTER: Getting Great Presenters for your Regional Conference

SUMMARY: The chapter found a way to recruit recognizable speakers for free using two options. First, an electronic billboard advertising the conference with the two keynote speakers prominently featured. Second, the chapter’s annual "ATD Utah Thought Leader" award. Stephen MR Covey and Alan Fine, the two keynote speakers drew record breaking attendance to the one-day, state wide conference. Because of the record attendance (with over 40% non-member attendance), 28 new members joined the chapter at the membership table located in the exposition area.

YEAR: 2015

SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS CHAPTER: ATD South Carolina Midlands Partnership with the Disney Institute

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with Disney Institute to bring the program “Disney’s Approach to Selection, Training & Engagement” to the training and development professionals in the area. The Disney Institute provided participants with tips and insights, which could be used to build and sustain the participants’ organizational cultures regarding training and organizational development. This successful event drew 145 attendees and the chapter earned several thousand dollars in profits.

YEAR: 2015

NEW ENGLAND AREA CHAPTERS: Successful Multi-Chapter Conferences

SUMMARY: For the past three years, eight local New England chapters have joined together to plan and implement a major New England area conference. The event supports the ATD brand across the region, increases local chapter membership, encourages networking, includes best-practice presenters, and enables and, in fact, drives cross-chapter collaboration and volunteerism. Best of all, it is exceptionally profitable, bringing thousands of dollars of revenue to each chapter -- allowing them to fund things like ALC attendance.

YEAR: 2014

Scholarships

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Scholarship Fund

SUMMARY: The chapter turned the death of a valued board member into a positive, encouraging movement by forming the Julie Durmanskin Professional Education Scholarship. Designed to encourage members to continue to grow and develop their skills while removing financial barriers, the scholarship also provides the chapter's members, speakers, and supporters with a way to donate to the advancement of its members.

YEAR: 2014

Interest Groups

LONG ISLAND CHAPTER: SIG for the Industrial Organizational Psychology Student Association of Hofstra University

SUMMARY: To engage master’s students from Hofstra University with the Long Island chapter, the board worked with an adjunct professor to reach out to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Student Association on campus. Because the student organization already existed, they only had to get it approved at the organizational and program level. The students in the organization had to say they wanted to be a part of the Student Interest Group (SIG) and the program director (director and chair of the department) had to agree. The chapter helps secure speakers for their events, and can work with the group for space as needed for full chapter meetings and events. The SIG has been around for about seven months and the chapter is working to establish future SIGs.

YEAR: 2018

METRO DC CHAPTER: Career Services Portfolio

SUMMARY: The chapter created and improved its Career Services portfolio in order to provide value for its members, increase member engagement, and help "match up" members interested in new opportunities and independent consultants with local employers/hiring managers/businesses.

YEAR: 2014

NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER: On-site Practitioner Series

SUMMARY:The New York University Student Special Interest Group (NYU SIG) leadership team desired to create opportunities for more junior "aspiring" members of the profession to network with and learn from seasoned L&D practitioners. Through this series, the members meet at the featured employer’s site, receive a briefing by the senior L&D manager in charge, hear remarks from mid-level and front-line unit personnel, and tour their training space.

YEAR: 2013

MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER: Incorporating GIGs Into Chapter Activities and Administration

SUMMARY: The Mississippi chapter holds a joint meeting with our GIGs each June. The joint meeting rotates among the chapter/GIG locations. The chapter also added to the By-Laws to incorporate GIG administration. Approval of the by-laws concerning financial matters eased chapter relations with the GIGs.

YEAR: 2011

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER: Special Divisions Leaders Toolkit

SUMMARY: The Los Angeles chapter has had multiple special divisions since 2005. Each special division has a leader and there is a board position specifically to support all of the special divisions. With this many players, a toolkit was created to make the ongoing administration as simple as possible for special division leaders.

YEAR: 2010

AUSTIN CHAPTER: Special Interest Group Webinar

SUMMARY: The Austin chapter's healthcare SIG is made up of a specialized group of professionals. In an effort to take advantage of expertise in other parts of the country the chapter held a webinar as their SIG meeting. They found a presenter who created a terrific human anatomy DVD to demonstrate a product and speak about its development via webinar.

YEAR: 2010

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER: SIG/GIGs – Heartbeat of the Chapter

SUMMARY: The Greater Atlanta chapter has seven (7) active Special Interest Groups (SIGS). Each of these SIGs tailors their six events annually to the interests of learning professionals within their specific learning environment. Greater Atlanta also currently has 3 active Geographic Interest Groups (GIGs). Each SIG/GIG has 3+ volunteers that coordinate the speakers, locations and topics for that group. This approach allows for a shared workload and built-in networking opportunity.

YEAR: 2009

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER: Yahoo SIG/GIG Leaders Group

SUMMARY: The Greater Atlanta chapter created a Yahoo Leaders Group as a way to bring together all of the 30+ volunteers that make up the 10 Atlanta SIG/GIGs. The leadership team for each SIG/GIG can log into Yahoo and access the ASTD Atlanta SIG/GIG Leadership Group. Members of this group can post comments, ideas, pictures and past event presentations.

YEAR: 2009

MID-NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: Sales Training PDN 2009 Business Plan

SUMMARY: The Mid-New Jersey chapter developed a set of goals and a structured plan of action for the Mid-NJ Sales Training Professional Development Network (a.k.a. SIG).

YEAR: 2008

MIDLANDS CHAPTER: Formal Approach to a Geographic Interest Group (GIG) partnership

SUMMARY: The Midlands chapter formed a GIG partnership with Low Country (Charleston, South Carolina area) to reach out to members who previously did not derive benefit from their local and/or national membership due to distance. The chapter’s vision is to provide local chapter benefits to their GIG until such time as they have sufficient membership to form their own ASTD chapter.

YEAR: 2007

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER: Special Interest Groups and Special Divisions

SUMMARY: Los Angeles Special Interest Groups [SIGs] and Special Divisions (SDs) were created by the chapter to address a growing demand by their membership to better address their diverse needs.

YEAR: 2006

Programs and Events

MID-NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: Technology Showcase

SUMMARY: To expose members to new and emerging technology in the field, the chapter created a technology showcase program, where approximately 10 vendors displayed their products and services throughout the day. The chapter also developed four speaker presentations and recruited a host sponsor to offset costs; this year’s sponsor was DeVry University. The chapter has hosted this event for eight years and attributes the program’s success to a 30 percent nonmember to member conversion rate and a profit margin of 75 percent, allowing the chapter to fund the majority of the year’s activities.

YEAR: 2018

MARYLAND CHAPTER: Virtual Networking

SUMMARY: To increase member engagement and attract new members, the chapter hosted a virtual networking opportunity. The director of programs invited a career coach to present on “Designing Your Career.” The attendees also shared virtual business cards so they could continue their connections formed at the event. Because the event allowed for exposure to a broader audience, a majority of the attendees were not yet members of the chapter. As a result, the chapter is exploring partnering with the Maryland Career Development Association again in the future.

YEAR: 2018

NEW MEXICO CHAPTER: Annual Alliance Networking Event

SUMMARY: Each year, the chapter sponsors a networking event, the Professional Alliance Mixer, with alliance organization members and university partners. The event is intended to strengthen the New Mexico talent development community and form collaborations of like-minded professionals with the goal of a better-developed workforce that has a direct effect on the economic development of central New Mexico. A local restaurant donates the venue, and one or two members from each alliance organization works with the chapter to assist with coordination, marketing, and planning of the event. The mixer has increased chapter membership (with up to five members joining after each event) as well as publicity for the chapter. Any profit generated from the event is split between the professional organizations.

YEAR: 2018

NEW MEXICO CHAPTER: Bringing ATD International Conference & Exposition Highlights to Local Chapter Members

SUMMARY: Since not everyone can attend the ATD International Conference & Exposition, the chapter has created a yearly event to bring the conference content back to the local community. This year, following an icebreaker, the two board members who attended the conference presented on the content they learned. As an added benefit, the chapter made conference content available to Power Members. The chapter leaders brought back giveaways from the EXPO for attendees and to promote ATD 2019. To keep the event fun and engaging, the chapter changes the theme yearly.

YEAR: 2018

CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHAPTER: Bring Your Own Laptop Workshops

SUMMARY: On the chapter’s membership survey, Elearning and instructional design were the top two areas members wanted more programming in. The chapter created three workshops and to be cost efficient, asked members to bring their own laptops. This allowed the chapter to offer a hands-on workshop promoting the free trial of the software so those that did not have it could still participate. The chapter greatly reduced their venue cost and it opened up different options for venues. The board found the hands-on meetings to be the most profitable yet.

YEAR: 2018

CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHAPTER: Driving Individual Development using the ATD Competency Model

SUMMARY: In an effort to highlight the value of Power Membership and the resources available through the ATD website, the chapter developed a workshop while leveraging the tools available on TD.org to create personal development plans based on the ATD Competency model. The event helped promote upcoming chapter programs and workshops by tying each program to a skill area on the competency model. Participants felt it helped them learn more about ATD and the resources available.

YEAR: 2018

FLORIDA SUNCOAST CHAPTER: Partnering With the Economic Development Corporation (Forum)

SUMMARY: To promote the chapter’s membership to local businesses, the chapter partnered with the local Economic Development Corporation after it received an invitation to attend the organization’s luncheon. The partnership proved to be successful in getting the chapter name out to the larger community and raised awareness of the chapter, resulting in 10 new members and one new sponsor. Several additional groups have contacted the chapter about potential partnerships.

YEAR: 2018

FLORIDA SUNCOAST CHAPTER: Read Between the Wines

SUMMARY: At each of the monthly events, the chapter gives away a speaker-selected book that the winner can grow from through reading and a basket with two bottles of wine. The giveaway helps promote the profession while making it fun. The chapter collects attendees' business cards, and the speaker randomly selects a card to identify the “Read Between the Wines” winner. The speaker gets to keep the business cards for networking and/or for possible prospecting. Anecdotal feedback from both speakers and attendees shows that all parties enjoy the initiative.

YEAR: 2017

CHARLOTTE CHAPTER: Membership Guest Passes

SUMMARY: Chapter members received five guest passes to chapter events at the beginning of the year. The chapter configured its website so that a member can register a guest or the guest can register themselves. Guests simply list the name of the person who invited them during registration, and the chapter handles tracking on the backend. During the event, guests have an opportunity to stand up, introduce themselves, and share who or what brought them to the event. To incentivize members bringing guests, the chapter has a quarterly drawing for a free registration to its Day of Learning conference or a one-year chapter membership. As a result, the number of guests attending meetings more than doubled from 2016 (51 guests in 2016, to 120 in 2017), and the conversion rate of guests to members increased by 3 percent (12 percent in 2016, to 15 percent in 2017). The chapter reached a record number this year with 26 guests at one event!

YEAR: 2017

MEMPHIS CHAPTER: Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work Virtual Presentation

SUMMARY: The Memphis Chapter hosted a virtual presentation about building effective relationships by Todd Davis of Franklin Covey at Bethel University. Thirty-two people attended the event in person and the presentation was live streamed. It was an interactive session and participants had the ability to ask questions during the presentation. Based on survey results, the program received positive feedback, and networking was successful with several different companies in attendance.

YEAR: 2017

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER: Sip of ATD

SUMMARY: “Sip of ATD” is a networking event put on by the chapter as a monthly program. The event is held at a local winery with tables and wine barrels set up as stations where attendees could stop by, get information, ask questions, and network. The stations included Power Membership information, ATD 2017 attendees offering their takeaways from the conference, and information from an educational sponsor. The attendees had the chance to participate in a wine tasting, and the chapter provided appetizers as attendees networked. The evening ended with giveaways, including a donation of two carafes on behalf of the winery that the winners could fill up with their favorite wine. The chapter received very favorable feedback about the event, the educational sponsor received publicity, and the chapter met its Power Membership requirement shortly after the event.

YEAR: 2017

CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER: Multilocation Member Networking Event

SUMMARY: Due to Chicago being a large metropolitan area, the chapter struggles with recruiting members to attend networking events. The chapter desired to identify a way to have an event attended by many people while maintaining coordination and cohesiveness and adhering to budget constraints. The chapter held events in multiple locations at the same time so members could network in their local area rather than traveling across the city. The chapter had a great turnout and found members enjoyed getting to know a smaller group in their local area.

YEAR: 2017

SAN ANTONIO CHAPTER: Emerging Leaders Leadership Series

SUMMARY: The San Antonio Chapter partnered with the San Antonio Chapter of Prospanica, an affiliate of the national organization that directly supports the growth and development of Hispanic professionals. The partnership included support from Barbara Greene and Associates and came together based on various needs assessments from both ATD San Antonio and Prospanica San Antonio. The assessments inspired the design and development of a program to assist growing professionals’ ability to create their own program to help growing professionals identify and shadow leadership role models, and provided information on the important distinction between leadership and management. Most important, the series provided tools, techniques, and best practices to program participants on how they can best achieve goals without sacrificing their positive perspective or personal brand.

YEAR: 2017

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: ATD Central Iowa and Grand View University Leadership Lecture and Student Membership Event

SUMMARY: ATD Central Iowa partnered with Alec Zama, associate professor of business at Grand View University in Des Moines and director of the school's leadership credential, to provide a guest lecture and panel interview for his principles of management class. The lecture was titled "The Five Cs of Leadership," and focused on five hallmarks of healthy and effective leadership. For each of these leadership tenets, students were given examples of why they were important, example interview questions on the topic they could expect to face in the future, and guidance on how they could develop these leadership traits in themselves in both a collegiate and professional setting. Following the lecture, a panel interview was conducted with former and current board members of the Central Iowa Chapter so that students could ask questions directly of professionals in the talent development field.

YEAR: 2017

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Creating a Sustainable Model for Trainer’s Institute

SUMMARY: Due to declining registrations for one of the chapter’s signature programs, Trainer’s Institute, the board decided to reexamine the program’s effectiveness and appeal. The Trainer’s Institute is a program designed to enhance the industry knowledge, skills, and tool sets of chapter members who are new or experienced talent development professionals. The chapter surveyed membership and found that it needed to change the focus from industry trends back to foundational competencies. With this feedback in mind, the board revamped the program, created a communication strategy, set clear expectations for speakers, streamlined the speaker proposal process, and focused on real world applications. As a result of this overhaul process, the chapter saw a significant increase in registration and revenue, and created a sustainable model for the Trainer’s Institute. Lessons learned included the need to include more case studies, set dates several months ahead of time, have a good marketing plan, set expectations for speakers, secure volunteers for the proposal review process, set competitive pricing, and use the participant feedback they chapter receives.

YEAR: 2017

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN CHAPTER: Changing Venues and Improving the Community

SUMMARY: The chapter moved its programming and board meeting venue from a local hotel to a local nonprofit organization, the Goodwill, in order to reduce its costs from approximately $4,000 to $1,000 per year. By reallocating these costs, the chapter is better positioned to achieve its 2016 focus of bringing its members more valuable learning programs with a strategic focus that involves both local and national talent. Additionally, the new location provides the community with an increased awareness of the Goodwill’s mission, and has resulted in members bringing items to donate to the chapter’s events.

YEAR: 2016

SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER: Back Office

SUMMARY: The chapter hosted a full-day, back office tour of the Dollywood Training and Development facility. During this event, members learned best practices for employee onboarding and training for success. The event aligned with the chapter’s mission and guided participants to develop better training initiatives to add to their facilitation tool box. There was no cost to the chapter, and the organization provided a lunch for participants. The event had the largest attendance in recent history with full participant engagement during the event.

YEAR: 2016

CENTRAL INDIANA CHAPTER: Idea Swaps in Coffee Shops

SUMMARY: The chapter plans a quarterly opportunity for a small group of members and prospective members to gather in the morning at a local coffee shop. The attendees discuss two main topics: “What are you currently working on?” and “What is your biggest challenge right now and how can the group help?” The chapter selects local coffee shops that met the geographic preferences of members and had ample seating. The event is capped at 10 participants due to space restrictions and the desire for an intimate discussion setting. A chapter board member is present to act as an ambassador for guests and to facilitate discussion. The event is promoted in the chapter’s monthly newsletter, at chapter events, through word of mouth, and social media. While time is required to plan promotional announcements, there is no cost to the chapter. These small meetings engage participants in the chapter and subsequently helped increase membership.

YEAR: 2016

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER: Adding Young Professionals to Your Membership

SUMMARY: To attract younger talent development professions, the chapter created a Young Professionals Community of Practice. The initial event for young professionals under 40 was held last year. Several board members attended and chatted with each attendee to ensure they knew about the chapter’s mission and goal of recruiting younger professionals to the chapter. Board members spoke about the benefits of volunteering as a key to their elevator pitch. Of the more than 40 attendees to the event, the chapter gained 25 new members and 10 young professional members to volunteer roles. Several new members have also taken on leadership positions and one has been appointed to the 2017 Executive Board.

YEAR: 2016

CENTRAL INDIANA CHAPTER: Let ATD-CIC Take You Out to the Ballgame!

SUMMARY: In the summer of 2015, the chapter provided a fun evening event for people to network and have fun in a non-traditional setting. The chapter hosted an event at the ballpark with the local minor league baseball team, the Indianapolis Indians. Following its philosophy of “Connect, Learn and Share,” the event’s purpose was to build awareness around the recent chapter’s rebranding while providing a fun and family friendly opportunity for members to connect and network with one another. Each attendee was provided a branded t-shirt that had the new logo on it, and the group’s attendance was announced on the jumbotron.

YEAR: 2016

MARYLAND CHAPTER: Coffee Conversations

SUMMARY: The chapter noticed a decline in membership and aimed to ramp up participation. The Director or Professional Development started Coffee & Conversations held once a month on Saturday mornings at Panera. The facilitator selects a topic that ties into the monthly meeting. The gathering is two hours, and registration is limited to 10 people. The chapter provides nametags for the event and advertises the gathering on its website. It also has a live Facebook feed run by a board member attending the event. The chapter has seen an increase in membership and member engagement.

YEAR: 2016

CENTRAL INDIANA CHAPTER: Employee Learning at the World’s Largest Children’s Museum

SUMMARY: The Children’s Museum is known for its outstanding, innovative approach to employee learning for museum staff. The museum’s Director of Training invited the chapter for a behind-the-scenes peek at learning in action. The purpose of the program was to provide a unique setting for the chapter’s monthly educational program, and give attendees a firsthand look at how the whole staff become proficient experts on various exhibits to provide a world-class experience for museum guests of all ages. The program had a sellout crowd with all seats filled.

YEAR: 2016

HAWKEYE CHAPTER: Executive Leadership Breakfast

SUMMARY: The chapter hosted a breakfast for the executives in talent development in its area. Thirteen executives attended the breakfast held at Mount Mercy University House, the residence of the University President. The chapter chose the location because of its intimate setting, and the inclusion of a tour of the house in the program’s agenda. After a facilitated discussion, attendees gleaned a comprehensive list of “Trends and Challenges in Talent Development.” The list was sent as a follow-up to the attendees for validation, and has been used as the basis for its monthly chapter programs, professional development events, and its annual fall conference to be held in September. In addition, this event enhanced the visibility of ATD given that 50 percent of the attendees were not familiar with ATD prior to the breakfast. As a result of the increased visibility of the chapter and its targeted programs, organizational support, financial support, and participation in all chapter meetings and professional development activities have increased in 2016.

YEAR: 2016

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER: Big Give CA Programming Idea

SUMMARY: The chapter designed The Big Give event to allow members to network and share tips, tools, and advice as a group. Members were prepared to contribute a 60 second tip or piece of advice to share orally with the group. The Program Directors enforced the 60-second limit, dressed as referees with whistles to add to the fun. As a result, the chapter gained 12 new members in the weeks following the event. Eighty-seven percent of attendees surveyed were “very satisfied” with the event. Additionally, he Golden Gate Chapter replicated the event, further promoting collaboration between the two Northern California chapters.

YEAR: 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER: Providing Sponsored Networking Events

SUMMARY: The chapter sponsorship and partnership offerings within the community to create opportunities for members to connect with one another frequently and within a close proximity. The chapter partnered with El Dorado, a local furniture store, and local restaurants to provide food and nice ambiance while networking. The chapter was able to provide these at no cost to the members, and provide them more frequently thanks to the financial support from the chapter’s partners and sponsors.

YEAR: 2016

SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER: Virtual TD Talks

SUMMARY: The chapter organized an online platform for their members to connect with each other, and create additional opportunities to network and learn. Titled “TD Talks,” the webinar series is delivered by South Florida Chapter talent development professionals and practitioners. The topics are selected from the new and innovative practices the practitioners are implementing at their workplaces. The series represents a true practice sharing via an online platform between members and community. Through the series, the chapter aims to bridge connections, provide another value-added offering to its members, and create a professional development opportunity for members that does not require travel.

YEAR: 2016

UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER: Phenomenal Collaboration and Partnership Contributes to Community Workplace Development

SUMMARY: The University Center of Greenville (UCG), a chapter sponsor of the Upstate SC Chapter, provides chapter office space, equipment, plexi-glass signage, banner flags, and more as part of its partnership with the chapter.

YEAR: 2015

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHAPTER: How to Use Social Media to Keep Employees Engaged

SUMMARY: In celebration of Employee Learning Week, the chapter hosted a meeting titled “How to use Social Media to Keep Employees Engaged.” The event was offered to members, professional companies, and organizations in the community to demonstrate the chapter's commitment to workforce development by providing the opportunity to enhance social media skills and use the knowledge learned as part of the event.

YEAR: 2015

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: The Disney Institute

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with sponsors to host the Disney Institute, which detailed Disney's approach to business excellence. The chapter completely sold out the event yielding a record turnout in attendance with 250 participants and a profit of 5,000 dollars.

YEAR: 2014

HAWKEYE CHAPTER: Bud to Boss Workshop Partnership

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with the Kevin Eikenberry Group (KEG) to bring the organization's Bud to Boss two-day workshop to its area. The chapter entered into a partnership, where the chapter was responsible for securing the location and marketing the event and The KEG managed registrations. In turn the chapter, received 30 percent of the gross profit for its work.

YEAR: 2014

WEST VIRGINIA CHAPTER: Train the Trainer - Fundamentals of Coaching

SUMMARY: The chapter hosted a series of three Saturday workshops aimed at developing the coaching skills of training and development professionals.
Topics included eight effective steps of coaching, attributes and principles of good coaching listening skills, emotional intelligence in coaching, and more. The workshop series lead to five new chapter members, four speakers for the chapter's state conference, and a financial gain of hundreds of dollars.

YEAR: 2014

TWIN CITIES CHAPTER: Partners in Learning - Mentorship Program Development

SUMMARY: The Twin Cities chapter developed a mentorship program focusing on career mentorship opportunities for its members. The program, developed to provide another member-added benefit to members, was an exclusive opportunity created by the chapter that no other workplace and learning associations in the area provided.

YEAR: 2014

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHAPTER: IGNITE - Training and Speaking Skills

SUMMARY: The chapter held a fall master class entitled "IGNITE - Training and Speaking Skills", where presenters had the opportunity to show off their speaking skills in a unique way through the Japanese style of PechaKuch. Each presenter was given 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, providing the presenter with a total speaking time of six minutes and 40 seconds on a subject related to training and speaking skills.

YEAR: 2014

HOUSTON CHAPTER: ATD Houston Showcase

SUMMARY: The Houston Chapter re-positioned its previous volunteer summit as a showcase of the chapter for the beginning of the year. The showcase focused on introducing new board members, networking with other ATD members, and identifying available volunteer opportunities.

YEAR: 2013

SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER: Instructional Design (ISD) Boot Camp

SUMMARY: The ISD Boot Camp was developed by the Southeastern Virginia Chapter board in an effort to provide members and non-members with a strong working knowledge of the ADDIE model through facilitated discussion, role playing, and practical use. The ISD Boot Camp met once per month over the course of five months. Each month, the facilitator focused on a section of the ADDIE model. During the ISD Boot Camp, participants worked on a group classroom project (Map and Compass) and also a personal project. By the end of the ISD Boot Camp, participants had completed two full training programs from Analysis to Evaluation.

YEAR: 2013

GREATER CHATTANOOGA CHAPTER - Book Safari

SUMMARY: Chapter members were encouraged to bring resources, such as books and magazines, from home or work to a networking event. The event was held at a restaurant and dubbed a “book safari” because each table was arranged with a safari/treasure hunt category name. Participants were then instructed to hunt down resources they could use for personal or professional development.

YEAR: 2013

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER - Adding Value to Programs

SUMMARY: To increase the value of chapter programs, the board developed an “out of the box” approach to chapter programming. Instead of booking typical speakers, the chapter identified unique learning opportunities for their members. For example, Scott Nutter, general manager of development for Delta Airlines, spoke about how a pilot’s work environment is more similar to the business workplace than many would think.

YEAR: 2013

CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER - Member Retreat

SUMMARY: In October 2012, the Central Florida Chapter held its first member retreat. The purpose of the retreat was to enhance and extend opportunities for collaboration, building partnerships, and for personal and professional development. The weekend offered extensive networking, hands-on learning, and sharing best practices. Members completed an “Adventure Guide” during the weekend to capture key information about their peers.

YEAR: 2013

PUERTO RICO CHAPTER: SHRM Partnership & Conference

SUMMARY: The Puerto Rico Chapter partners with the local SHRM chapter annually to put on a large conference. For the last three years, the Puerto Rico Chapter's conference has taken place during the first day of SHRM’s Conference. The chapter holds its separate program, usually two morning sessions, lunch, and an afternoon session, and then attendees join SHRM’s conference for the closing plenary of the day and reception. The chapter receives benefits from economies of scale for publicity, hotel guest rooms, parking fees, audiovisual support, food and beverages, and room rentals. In turn, SHRM’s Chapter receives publicity, attendees, credit for hotel rooms from the room block, and other hotel expenses paid by our Chapter.

YEAR: 2013

SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER - Book Club

SUMMARY: The Southeastern Virginia Chapter hosts a quarterly book club. Participation is limited to the first 15 members to register, and each participant receives a free copy of the book

YEAR: 2013

MT. DIABLO CHAPTER: Programming through Strategic Partnerships

SUMMARY: The chapter used community partnership to their advantage when putting together chapter meetings and events.

YEAR: 2012

CASCADIA CHAPTER: Partnering with HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with HRCI to offer credits for their events, which has added value to those who hold the certification.

YEAR: 2012

CASCADIA CHAPTER: RFP Selection Process - Conference Speakers

SUMMARY: The Cascadia Conference Team developed and implemented an automated request for proposal to gather a pool of potential session speakers for their annual conference. Each speaker is required to include a video clip of a presentation similar to their proposed topic. Included in the RFP form are questions directed at how their presentation aligns with the ATD Competency Model, as well as the HRCI model. This allowed the chapter to collect information to submit for CE credits at a later date.

YEAR: 2012

GREATER CLEVELAND CHAPTER: "Paper Cuts" White Paper Reading Group

SUMMARY: The “Paper Cuts” White Papers Reading Group is a monthly meeting during which workplace learning and development professionals in the Greater Cleveland area discuss free white papers on various training-related topics and network.

YEAR: 2012

CASCADIA CHAPTER: Chat Cards

SUMMARY: The chapter developed a card set of 16 questions and instructions related to workplace learning to be used as a networking tool. The card questions provided a low-cost way to get new people engaged at the start of their programs.

YEAR: 2012

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER: DemoFest E-Learning Event

SUMMARY: The DemoFest 2011 event was developed to showcase the talents and efforts of its e-SIG group and provide an opportunity for e-learning vendors to show their software. Ten live, interactive demonstrations and mini-lectures on various e-learning topics were conducted over a six-hour period.

YEAR: 2012

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: Trainer's Institute Case Studies

SUMMARY: The chapter established a Trainer's Institute to provide a learning environment where concepts in class could be practices using real-world application and techniques.

YEAR: 2010

GREATER BIRMINGHAM CHAPTER: Title Host for Chick-fil-A Leadercast

SUMMARY: The chapter hosted the 2010 Chick-fil-A Leadercast. The leadercast is a live simulcast that includes many national leaders sharing their thoughts on the art and science of leadership. Speakers included Tony Dungy, Jim Collins, Chip Heath, Dr. Ben Carson, John Maxwell, Connie Podesta, and more.

YEAR: 2010

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHAPTER: Meeting Field Trips

SUMMARY: The chapter held several meetings in 2010 which were held in the “field.” Members were asked to sponsor meetings at their work site and to show guests what is working in their training departments.

YEAR: 2010

MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER: Virtual Presentations

SUMMARY: The Hattiesburg GIG officers wanted to offer a means for the group to maintain monthly contact and decided to pursue offering free virtual presentations in months the GIG did not meet.

YEAR: 2010

GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER: Leadership Academy

SUMMARY: Utilizing a series of tele-classes and self-study, future chapter leaders were given foundational information for the Leader Academy Capstone Session where they were provided interpersonal skills and techniques to feel confident in leading other volunteers and meeting the needs of the chapter. At the end of the Leadership Academy these leaders possessed the skills and information necessary to decide if a leadership position was right for them.

YEAR: 2010

BAY COLONIES CHAPTER: Employee Learning Week

SUMMARY: The Bay Colonies chapter provided members with tips, resources, and articles about the benefits of learning and ideas on how to celebrate Employee Learning Week.

YEAR: 2010

CENTRAL MISSOURI CHAPTER: Trade-A-Trainer

SUMMARY: The Trade-A-Trainer program is a way for area workplace learning and development professionals to work together to share their talents and resources.

YEAR: 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI CHAPTER: Twentieth Anniversary Celebration

SUMMARY: In conjunction with the chapter’s twentieth anniversary and employee learning week, the board presented the chapter with a permanent record of the chapter’s history which included interviews with past/current chapter presidents. Each interview was focused around each person discussing their presidency, embarrassing or funny moments, and a prediction of what the chapter would look like twenty years into the future.

YEAR: 2010

MID NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: Technology Showcase

SUMMARY: The chapter began the Technology Showcase to provide members information about how technology is being implemented in organizations to improve learning, development, implementation, and evaluation. This event is held annually and has helped publicize the chapter, increase participation at monthly meetings, and has drawn participation from significant corporations to showcase their use of technology in the region.

YEAR: 2010

NORTHERN ROCKIES CHAPTER: Co-Sponsored Networking Event

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with the local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) coaches alliance to host a large networking event which attracted more than 80 attendees. The two hour event included appetizers and drinks, a five to seven minute presentation from the president of each organization and concluded with three rounds of structured networking from members and guests of the three organizations.

YEAR: 2010

LINCOLN CHAPTER: Partnership Plus (Successful Collaboration between ATD-Lincoln and Southeast Community College)

SUMMARY: The chapter established a very successful community partnership with Southeast Community College (SCC) which includes shared advertising of educational event, free venue for monthly programs, and partnership for a large community event held every other year, and much more. This collaborative effort provides for exceptional learning and performance opportunities for professionals in the community through fostering professional growth, encourages educational institutions to provide programs for the preparation and growth of training, and allows the chapters to provide valuable training and development to their membership and the community.

YEAR: 2010

KANSAS CITY CHAPTER: Back-to-Basic Brown Bag Series

SUMMARY: In response to requests from members, Kansas City began hosting a Back-to-Basics (B2B) brown bag training series in February, 2009. Each class provides an hour and half of instruction on a basic training and development skill (e.g., making training more engaging, basics of instructional design, presentation skills, performance consulting, etc.) Classes are taught bi-monthly at various locations around the city, over the lunch hour (11:30am - 1:00pm).

YEAR: 2010

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: 2009 Trio Package

SUMMARY: The chapter packaged all three of their 2009 half-day programs together and offered them as a whole, prepaid package. Members could still select to attend just one program or two if desired, but if they signed up for the package, they received a large discount, as well as additional benefits.

YEAR: 2010

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER: Event Pricing

SUMMARY: To increase attendance at the chapter's annual conference and other chapter sponsored events, Eastern Pennsylvania extended "member" pricing to members of any ATD local chapter and national members.

YEAR: 2010

UTAH CHAPTER: Conference Planning Guide

SUMMARY: Instead of a hap-hazard approach to conference planning, this guide allows your chapter to pass along knowledge from year to year in order to ensure a successful conference.

YEAR: 2009

RESEARCH TRIANGLE AREA CHAPTER: Giving Back

SUMMARY: The ATD-RTA chapter provided recognition to their members who contributed to the organization throughout the year. As they appreciated the efforts of their members, they also decided to give a little back to the community by conducting a food drive.

YEAR: 2009

CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER: 2008 Workplace Learning & Performance Conference & Expo

SUMMARY: The Central Ohio chapter held a WLP Conference and Expo to provide value to local area membership and serve as an environment for networking with others in the learning industry. The total turnout of attendees was over 300 WLP professionals.

YEAR: 2009

ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER: Nails, Knots, and Egg Grenades (Team-building in the Park)

SUMMARY: The Orange County chapter sought to add value to their members investment in the chapter by providing them with unique opportunities for professional development with each learning event. Augusts’ event on team-building was held outside, in a sports park, so that participants could experience the team building activities rather than just hear about them.

YEAR: 2009

GREATER CLEVELAND CHAPTER: Annual Experiences from the Hiring Cycle

SUMMARY: The Greater Cleveland chapter held a professional development program for members and potential members currently in job transition or looking for a career transition into the workplace learning and performance field.

YEAR: 2009

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER: Podcast – Hosted Interview

SUMMARY: The Eastern Pennsylvania chapter created a podcast on setting up hosted interviews. This shows users how to capture and record quality phone interviews at no or low-cost for chapter event promotion.

YEAR: 2009

LONG ISLAND CHAPTER: CLO Forum

SUMMARY: The Long Island chapter's Chief Learning Officer’s (CLO) Forum was designed to reach out to those senior Learning and Performance Professionals who do not normally attend our monthly meetings. This allows them exposure to ATD, advances our image, targets the topics to them specifically and gains us credibility.

YEAR: 2009

Mentor Programs

CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER: Student Ambassador Program - Bringing New Energy into the Talent Development Profession

SUMMARY: In 2016, the director of university relations focused on creating and developing relationships with colleges and universities that offer degree programs in talent development. Chicagoland began a student ambassador program to embody the goals of bringing new energy into the chapter and develop the next generation of talent development professionals. The program is strategically designed to provide meaningful learning experiences to students, the institutions they attend, and the chapter.

YEAR: 2017

SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN CHAPTER: Successful Partnership with United Way

SUMMARY: For the past five years, the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter has successfully partnered with the United Way of Milwaukee to provide volunteer opportunities as well as facilitation, training, and coaching development opportunities to dozens of ATD members. In 2016, 13 chapter members gave their time and talents to the program providing communications and presentation skills development to hundreds of area professionals. This is the chapters longest running and most successful annual partnership program.

YEAR: 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER: STRATEGIC COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

SUMMARY: The chapter established and cultivated a relationship with Barry University, a local, private university that has strong Masters and PhD. programs in Organizational Learning and Leadership. Year after year, the chapter helps connect students with many opportunities and expose them to the field, a network of experts and mentors, and practical knowledge. The partnership with the university has grown over the years, and the university now hosts chapter events, acts as a monetary sponsor, supports community outreach panels, manages a mentorship program, and funnels its students to the chapter as volunteers and potential members of the chapter’s board of directors.

YEAR: 2016

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: ASTD Nebraska Mentoring Program

SUMMARY: The Nebraska chapter mentoring program is a structured, yet informal, voluntary program offered to members of ASTD Nebraska. Members have the opportunity to partner with another ASTD member with years of experience in training and development and are supported and guided through their mentor relationship by qualified program coordinators.

YEAR: 2008

Meeting Planning

DETROIT CHAPTER: Partnerships and Project Management

SUMMARY: In the chapter’s strategic plan they identified the aim to have a larger, signature event. The Board choose to bring in the Disney Institute to promote ATD Detroit’s name to a larger audience in the area and have the opportunity for significant financial gain in potential profit. The chapter partnered with various member and non-member based organizations across all industries as well as the City of Rochester Hills and the Rochester College faculty. Using key documents to guide actions and keep the planning on track--project charter, SWOT analysis, Gantt chart, informal risk plan, marketing plan, informal team skills matrix, project budget spreadsheet – the post event survey stated 90% of attendees felt they could apply what they learned to their professional work and/or personal lives, the program was relevant to their jobs, the facilitators enhanced their engagement in the presentation, and the facilitators ensured learning objectives were met. The chapter received over $7000 in profit, five new memberships and one corporate membership because of the Disney event.

YEAR: 2018

GREATER LAS VEGAS CHAPTER: Preventing a Program Flop

SUMMARY: After the chapter experienced a few program flops, chapter leaders created a process to vet potential speakers with the goal of creating more value for the membership. The board put out a call to chapter members assessing the talent within the chapter and outlining the chapter’s desired topics. The board also developed some programs that did not require a speaker and allowed chapter members to interact and learn from each other, such as “Bring Your Own Energizers” and “Bring Us Your Training and Development Problems.” The chapter instituted a policy of meeting with the upcoming speakers beforehand via WebEx to ensure the program is on target and meets member expectations. Because of this effort, overall attendance, communication, membership, and engagement increased.

YEAR: 2018

CHATTANOOGA CHAPTER: Partnering with a Local Community College’s Culinary Department

SUMMARY: The Chattanooga Area Chapter built a partnership with a dean of the local community college who is also a chapter board member. The dean served as the liaison between the community college and the chapter for students to cater chapter events. Costs to the chapter were minimal as the community college already had costs included in its program budgets. The base cost per person per meal was reduced by 50 percent. In addition to the tangible outcome of cost reductions, the chapter received very positive feedback from its members and provided a way for the culinary students to gain required experience.

YEAR: 2017

CONNECTICUT CHAPTER: Partnership with Red Thread

SUMMARY: The chapter made a connection with a local company, Red Thread, which designs and equips training facilities for optimized learning opportunities. The chapter made a deal to hold its meetings in the showroom, and Red Thread provides beer, wine, and snacks at no cost. A company representative has an opportunity at the beginning of each meeting to introduce the company as the host. The chapter president works with the company liaisons to select the evening meeting dates and coordinate the facility logistics. The location has proven to be convenient and well-liked by the membership.

YEAR: 2017

ROCHESTER CHAPTER: TED Talk Format of Programs to Increase Attendance

SUMMARY: After polling members, the chapter completely restructured its programming to offer one event with smaller, bite-sized presentations with more variety and networking opportunities for attendees. The board recruited volunteers in the chapter as guides and speakers for the event, and hosted the program at a local art gallery. As a result of this effort, the chapter increased event attendance in addition to chapter membership, and created more buzz in the community surrounding the chapter. After the events, the board received great feedback from attendees and gained four new community partners.

YEAR: 2017

FLORIDA SUNCOAST CHAPTER: Speak Easy - Taking the Pain out of the Speaker Selection Process

SUMMARY: The right speaker with the right content delivered the right way to an audience can measurably increase sales, performance, and customer satisfaction while simultaneously improving profits and expanding engagement. For this reason, the chapter created an online speaker proposal form that allowed the chapter to obtain all of the necessary information on a session to properly review, vet, and approve quality speakers. The form resulted in the first speaker who went through the process receiving exemplary marks on the post-meeting survey with a relevant and engaging topic that fell within The ATD Competency Model.

YEAR: 2016

DETROIT CHAPTER: Chapter Meeting Host

SUMMARY: In the past, the chapter president played the role of host at each chapter meeting. The chapter meeting host is charged with reviewing chapter business, introducing the speaker, selecting winners of gift drawings, and providing closing remarks. In order to showcase specific different board member roles to attendees, the chapter chose to rotate this responsibility among each of the board members. By rotating this responsibility, chapter members are exposed to the individual members of the chapter's leadership team, and board members are excited for the opportunity to host a meeting.

YEAR: 2015

CHARLOTTE CHAPTER: Documenting Meeting Presenters

SUMMARY: To better align learning objectives with members' needs, the Charlotte Chapter devised a proposal form for presenters requesting references, presentation topic, title, and goals. Through the form, the board ensures that selected speakers are on track with the chapter's developmental needs, the chapter is meeting competencies the members value, and board members are promoting and marketing the information appropriately.

YEAR: 2014

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN & PIEDMONT CHAPTERS: Creating a Sustainable CPLP Virtual Study Group

SUMMARY: The Rocky Mountain and Piedmont chapters developed and executed a CPLP Study Group Model using the Teach-Back Method. Participants were extremely satisfied with the study group model, and included chapter members from four chapters across the United States.

YEAR: 2015

SIERRA NEVADA CHAPTER: CPLP Study Group

SUMMARY: In an effort to create development opportunities for members and local businesses the Sierra Nevada chapter established a CPLP Study Group. The intent was to put together a study group program that was both affordable and valuable for participants.

YEAR: 2010

CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER: Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) Study Group

SUMMARY: The Central Ohio chapter started a program which was designed to increase the awareness and promote CPLP certification within the Central Ohio WLP community. The program falls under Career Planning & Talent Management in the ASTD Competency Model. Through facilitation and coaching by CPLP certified WLP professionals, each session focused on a different topic in the Competency Model to assist participants in preparing for the exam and work product submission.

YEAR: 2009

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Comprehensive Support System for the CPLP

SUMMARY: The Nebraska chapter developed a CPLP Support Program to help relieve member stress during the certification process. The CPLP Support Program has become a one-stop shop for all information related to certification and re-certification for members. The program offers a new incentive for chapter and national membership, and fresh opportunities for member involvement.

YEAR: 2010

Monthly Meetings

BUFFALO NIAGARA CHAPTER: Monthly Member Webinars

SUMMARY: The chapter found that many members were unable to attend monthly events due to job constraints and the chapter’s redundant use of speakers, and it decided to shift to monthly, recorded webinars for standing meetings. Using webinar technology, the chapter provided a variety of speakers addressing different areas of the ATD Competency Model. Moreover, because the presentations are recorded, the chapter developed a webcast archive for members, increasing the value of membership. Through the change, the chapter gained new members and now provides a wider variety of topics and programming.

YEAR: 2018

PIEDMONT CHAPTER: Road Shows

SUMMARY: The chapter hosts an interactive program, know as a Road Show, where a local company opens its doors and hosts one of the chapter's monthly meeting events. The company shares best practices, stories about overcoming challenges, and processes used use to train its team.

YEAR: 2015

HAWKEYE CHAPTER: Facilitating Program Meetings Across Different Geographic Locations

SUMMARY: Because the chapter supports four different regional locations in Iowa spanning a distance of up to 70 miles between cities but not large enough to support a Geographic Interest Group (GIG), the chapter developed “sites” to hold simultaneous programming. Each location has a "site coordinator" appointed by the board of directors and responsible for working with the VP Programs in facilitating our monthly programs. The chapter meets the same time each month allowing the site coordinator to work with the board to find a location within their city to host the program meeting. Members from that city or surrounding area attend the meeting in their site's host location and participate virtually in the chapter event. Facilitating these events in various locations allows the chapter to deliver the in-person networking opportunities its members desire.

YEAR: 2015

HAWAII CHAPTER: AOE Event Stamp Card

SUMMARY: To support the development of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the Areas of Expertise specified in the ATD Competency Model, the chapter encouraged its members to sharpen their sword in each of these 10 areas by attending at least one event in each area.

YEAR: 2014

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER: Past & Future Leaders' Quorum

SUMMARY: With the goal of creating a stronger community among the board, chapter members, and the greater Denver learning community, the Rocky Mountain Chapter developed the Past & Future Leaders' Quorum. Through a collaboration of past and aspiring chapter leaders and the use of brainstorming techniques, including mind-mapping and World Café, the chapter collected ideas for future efforts to build the chapter.

YEAR: 2014

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER: Drink & Draw

SUMMARY: The chapter hosts a unique program that highlights visual note taking or graphical illustration that satisfies learners who are both inclined to learning visually, kinesthetically, as well as auditory with verbal step-by-step directions given during the program. A happy hour is provided to foster a relaxed environment allowing participants, who may be more introverted or self-conscious of their artistic ability, to relax, and lower inhibitions and have fun with learning.

YEAR: 2014

ALASKA CHAPTER: GCI eLearning Case Study

SUMMARY: To demonstrate the value of eLearning, the chapter partnered with a local organization, GCI, to present an example of how eLearning can be implemented within a company using tools that are available on the market. The program doubled the chapter's normal attendance rates and resulted in an invite to present at the Alaska SHRM State Conference.

YEAR: 2014

GREATER CHATTANOOGA CHAPTER: Wild Apricot Certificate of Attendance

SUMMARY: The chapter received requests for proof of attendance at monthly meetings for attendees to demonstrate personal/professional growth to their employers. The chapter modified a Wild Apricot template to look like a certificate, which is emailed to all meeting attendees automatically after each event.

YEAR: 2013

SACRAMENTO CHAPTER: Trainer Throw-down

SUMMARY: To re-energize programming, the chapter devised an annual holiday event known as the "Trainer Throw-down." Six trainers were given 12 minutes to present their best material, and one winner was ultimately awarded the title of "Trainer Throw-down Champ."

YEAR: 2013

NEBRASKA CHAPTER: Providing HRCI Credits at Monthly Programs

SUMMARY: To provide certification credit for members and nonmembers and to attract attendance, the chapter began offering HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credit at monthly meetings.

YEAR: 2013

GREATER DETROIT CHAPTER: Joint Event with ISPI

SUMMARY: The chapter partnered with the local chapter of ISPI to put on a training event that would benefit both participating groups. The chapters pooled together their resources to host the event, which led to an increase in membership for both chapters and created the beginnings of a strong partnership.

YEAR: 2013

HAWKEYE CHAPTER: Non-Profit Training (NPT) Day

SUMMARY: The chapter developed a day where non-profit professionals could come attend chapter events for free that were specifically tailored to individuals who work or volunteer for a non-profit organization.

YEAR: 2012

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: Professional Development Marketing Ad

SUMMARY: The chapter developed a marketing campaign to advertise the importance of attending programs.

YEAR: 2012

CASCADIA CHAPTER: Learning Event Punch Card

SUMMARY: The Cascadia Chapter developed a rewards program for chapter member who attend their monthly events. After your fifth punch, you get the next event free.

YEAR: 2012

SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER: Career Club

SUMMARY: The Career Club meets on the second Saturday of each month to address topics such as finding federal service jobs, building a resume, helping the interviewer discover your qualifications, and the art of networking. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics to ensure the chapter is meeting the needs of new workplace learning professionals as well as individuals looking for the next opportunity.

YEAR: 2012

GREATER CHATTANOOGA CHAPTER: "If I Were President of ASTD, I would..."

SUMMARY: During a monthly meeting, all participants were asked to take out their business card, turn it over, and write, "If I were President of ASTD, I would...” They were asked to consider and enhancement, improvement, program, etc. they wanted the chapter to consider. At the end of the meeting, the business cards were collected and responses posted to the chapter website.

YEAR: 2010

UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER: Expanded Meeting Options

SUMMARY: This SOS describes what to do when your speaker cancels, addressing managing attendee expectations, assisting the speaker, providing g sufficient content, and paving the path to the next local ASTD event.

YEAR: 2010

ALASKA CHAPTER: When a Speaker Cancels

SUMMARY: This SOS describes what to do when your speaker cancels, addressing managing attendee expectations, assisting the speaker, providing g sufficient content, and paving the path to the next local ASTD event.

YEAR: 2008

EMERALD COAST CHAPTER: Attracting Speakers

SUMMARY: To attract high quality speakers on a limited budget, the Emerald Coast Chapter asked local resorts to contribute a night's stay to the speaker.

YEAR: 2007

HAWKEYE CHAPTER: Chapter Meeting Evaluation

SUMMARY: The Iowa Hawkeye chapter created an evaluation that is used at the conclusion of every quarterly chapter meeting to receive feedback from the chapter’s members about the presenter, topic, and overall meeting itself. The feedback helps determine future meeting topics.

YEAR: 2004

Chapter Awards

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

METRO DC CHAPTER: Megamixer

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

GREATER BIRMINGHAM CHAPTER: Birmingham TechMixer EXPO 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

CHARLOTTE CHAPTER: Day of Learning

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

GREATER CLEVELAND AND NORTHEAST OHIO CHAPTERS: Employee Learning Week

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

KANSAS CITY CHAPTER: Annual Awards Banquet: Automating the Process

SUMMARY: The Kansas City Chapter created a nomination and evaluation process for the annual Best Practice Awards that can be completed entirely via the web and email distribution. Automating the process resulted in an increased number of award nominations, additional committee members volunteering to evaluate nominations, and a time savings of approximately three hours per committee member.

YEAR: 2006

LINCOLN CHAPTER: The Disney Keys to Excellence

SUMMARY: The Lincoln chapter coordinated a third, community-wide, professional development opportunity stretching their boundaries to pull regional interest for the event. This resulted in an attendance of 300 professionals, with a net profit of over $25,000 for their chapter. Through this process the chapter became a benchmark for other ASTD chapters looking to bring in the Disney Keys to Excellence Program.

YEAR: 2006

ALASKA CHAPTER: The Book Talk Series

SUMMARY: The Alaska chapter scheduled a “Book Talk Series” once each quarter at a local bookstore.

YEAR: 2006

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

PUGET SOUND CHAPTER: Future of Training Conference

SUMMARY: The Puget Sound chapter held a day-long conference focusing on emerging problems and solutions in the training field, attracting 152 attendees and speakers.

YEAR: 2006

CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER: Event Planner Matrix

SUMMARY: The Central Iowa chapter developed a “16-Month Event Schedule to improve alignment & coordination of chapter events by integrating event topic selection, planning, and execution across these several key chapter committees.

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: Organizer for eLearning Lunch and Learn

SUMMARY: The San Antonio chapter's eLearning Lunch & Learn programs provide a forum for learning and sharing knowledge of the use of technology in education and training.

YEAR: 2005

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