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Resources for Chapters in a Virtual Environment

Curated resources to help support chapter leaders deliver effective benefits to their local community.
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Chapter Best Practices
Read real world examples of how chapters transitioned from in-person programming to virtual to meet member needs.
Central Florida Chapter: Chapter Elections in a Digital Box
SUMMARY: To streamline chapter elections and keep members informed and involved in the process, the chapter used the collaboration portal, Moxtra. The chapter formed a virtual nominating committee and used the platform to distribute details and hold virtual meetings. The chapter also used Moxtra to hold elections, empowering chapter members with more information on the election process and giving them a deeper look into the operations of the chapter. After the committee approved the election results, a full summary was provided to members. The implementation of Moxtra addressed the need to conduct a critical part of chapter business more efficiently by providing more flexibility to the nominating committee members who were vetting the candidates.
Detroit Chapter: Respect and Professionalism Policy and Protocol
SUMMARY: To serve as a guide for communications, behavior, and interactions among the board, the chapter developed a respect and professionalism policy and a virtual meetings protocol. The chapter’s work established a written policy that defines and describes respectful behavior expected of all board members and volunteers; described examples of disrespectful and unacceptable behavior; explained expectations of board members during board meetings, when conducting board business, and when handling written communications for board and chapter business; stated the ground rules and the protocol applicable to virtual board meetings; and provided a structured format for achieving efficiency and effectiveness in chapter leadership/operations. The documentation resulted in a more respectful atmosphere during board meetings, prevented a loss of 20 percent of board members due to other board members’ behaviors, and increased participation of the board by 30 percent.
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.
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.
Northwest Arkansas: Virtual Roundtable
The chapter held a free virtual roundtable through which members and guests shared a bit about themselves and the projects they are working on to seek help on their respective work. Through the event, the chapter endeavored to foster a sense of community among local professionals and create more intimate connections. As a direct result of the roundtable, several members connected offline to learn more from one other another and continue their conversations. The event received positive feedback from attendees and led to insights on possible topics and speakers for the coming year.
Pittsburgh Chapter: Leveraging National Membership Benefit for Chapter Book Club
SUMMARY: To promote and generate interest in Power Membership, the chapter used an e-book available through ATD as a member benefit for its book club selection. The chapter promoted the book club to members and created an event on the chapter website to track of registration. The book club met once per month with a three-month focus on one book culminating in two virtual meetings and one in-person meeting. Through the book club, the chapter encouraged use of ATD member benefits, invited people to participate in industry-related conversations, and boosted engagement.
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.