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  • Eileen Terrell and Lorinda Schrammel
    Chicagoland Chapter and Tulsa Chapter
    SHAREing Is CAREing: Prepping Is Everything!
    CARE (Chapter Affiliation Requirements) serves as the framework for ensuring operational excellence and member engagement. Chapters that consistently achieve CARE create experiences that engage board members and provide value-added programming and support for their members. During this session, experienced chapter leaders will guide you through the various components of CARE and CARE PLUS to prepare for your chapter’s submission due January 29, 2021. After this session, you will walk away with a list of helpful CARE resources and an action plan that can be executed immediately so you can complete your CARE workbook. This session will also provide a forum to share lessons learned and best practices to support your continued success in the achievement of CARE.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify board members who can contribute to the CARE report planning and submission process (the creation).
    · Identify resources to leverage when preparing and completing the CARE report in preparation for submission.
    · Create an action plan to gather the necessary information to complete the 2021 CARE submission.

    Participants who attend this session will receive:
    · Their chapter’s 2020 CARE submission to use as a reference
    · A practice action plan
    · A list of ATD resources available to support their preparation and completion of the CARE submission
  • Platform Orientation
  • ATD Chapter Leaders Conference Program Advisory Conference (ALC PAC) 50th Anniversary Welcome
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Esther Jackson
    Detroit Chapter
    You Can’t Handle the Truth: It’s Time to Change? (President/President Elect Track)
    Even before COVID-19, there were signs. You can’t handle the truth that it’s time to change. Learn to recognize indicators signaling the need for change. This session will help you discover the areas of your chapter’s operations that should be targeted for change due to the changing needs of your target audience and industry trends. Seize this opportunity for your chapter to gain the insights to managing change efforts leading to positive results in key areas such as the chapter’s brand, programming, membership, and sponsorship. Also, engage in practical exercises to improve adaptability skills required to respond to change that is out of your control. Get ready to combine prove-by-practice strategies that allow you to leave with new insights, ideas, and tools.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Distinguish between adaptability and change management
    · Identify three common chapter areas that are vulnerable to change
    · Discuss best practices for improving chapter adaptability in response to change
    · Discover the five common types of resistors to adaptability and change blockers
    · Create a plan of action to assess opportunity for positive change
  • Mechelle Roberthon
    Baton Rouge Chapter
    Leveraging Partnerships With Complementary Community Organizations (Marketing and Communications Track)
    If your chapter lives in its own ATD bubble with little to no engagement with complementary organizations, you're missing out on the benefits of partnership. As an active chapter leader, you may also belong to several professional organizations because you see that they complement your professional goals and both add value to you. Wouldn't it be great if your local chapter was described as a great talent development partner to other organizations? During this session you will identify what type of organizations are complementary to your ATD chapter and why partnering with them, in numerous ways, helps the cause of talent development. You'll also get an opportunity to list some of your chapter's strategic goals and brainstorm how complementary organizations can assist you in reaching those goals. Most importantly, you'll construct why partnering with your chapter is attractive to other other organizations.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify the meaning of complementary to give a foundation of the type of organizations ATD chapters could partner with
    · Explain why partnering with local and state complementary organizations can further ATD's mission (empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace) and add value to the partnering organizations
    · Assess their chapter's opportunities to fulfill strategic goals by using local partnerships
    · Construct their chapter's specific value adds to attract partnerships with local organizations
  • Laurel Schulert
    Ann Arbor Chapter
    Small but Mighty: Success Strategies for Small and Emerging Chapters (Chapter Management Track)
    Answer honestly: Is your chapter small, working on establishing itself in your local community, or maybe even struggling a bit with basic operations? If so, you’re not alone. Discuss best practices with your small chapter peers and a chapter leader who has distilled many big chapters’ strategies into bite-sized approaches that simply work better in smaller settings. During this session you’ll identify your goals for next year, walk away with a cheat sheet of ideas, and breathe a sigh of relief by knowing that others share your small chapter struggles and successes.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Develop a reference sheet listing the top ten best practices to improve and strengthen your chapter’s operations
    · Discuss strategic leadership practices with your peers
    · Write an action plan to implement the top ten best practices after ALC
  • Jess Almlie and Jodi Stende
    North Dakota Chapter
    Virtual Peer Mentoring Groups: Membership Benefits, Networking, and Professional Development Combined (Membership Engagement Track)
    If done well, virtual connections are meaningful and easy to implement. Mentoring has been shown to create lasting impact and powerful professional development experiences. The North Dakota chapter combined virtual connection and mentoring into an ongoing opportunity that successfully addressed member engagement, networking, professional development, membership value, and volunteer recruitment. Join us as we explore your chapter’s business case for a virtual peer mentoring program, experience the power of a peer mentoring conversation, and learn how to implement your own virtual peer mentoring program. Head back to your chapter ready to address multiple challenges simply by tapping into your virtual toolbox.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Determine whether your chapter has a business case for virtual peer mentoring program
    · Practice simplified peer mentoring
    · Identify key actions to take when implementing a virtual peer mentoring program for your chapter
    · Learn best practices for virtual peer mentoring program success
  • Nicole Schmitt and Erin Gangestad
    Central Iowa
    Step by Step: From Discussion Page to Pop-Ups (Programming Track)
    Step by step . . . oooh, baby . . . Join us to learn “Step by Step” just like New Kids on the Block. Hear how ATD Central Iowa turned their discussion board inquiries into pop-up learning events. Do you have an active discussion page with occasional inquiries or questions around tools? Sometimes you can answer those questions with great available resources like a YouTube tutorial, but sometimes it’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart” because it takes a little more. Come learn about pop-ups ATD Central Iowa has delivered, how they were organized, and how they were shared and attended.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify possible pop-up opportunities
    · Begin a plan for implementing the steps of creating pop-ups for their chapter
    · Share and learn with others
    · Have fun
  • Recognition
  • Lunch Keynote: Tony Bingham, ATD President & CEO
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Luke Benfield and Mark Kenny
    Nashville Chapter
    Multiyear Chapter Strategic Planning: Creating a Roadmap for Success (President/President Elect Track)
    Strategic planning can offer an array of advantages for chapter boards. It can be a bonding exercise for board members and provide direction for resources throughout the year. Often, it may take half the year to craft and implement, and then we start all over again in December with alternate priorities and goals from a new board. This session will take the ordinary, annual strategic plan to a new level. Join members of the Nashville chapter board as we share our story of transitioning from annual themes and goals to a multiyear strategic plan that will provide prioritization and goals for chapter operations, programming, member experience, and other key areas for years to come. We will discuss purpose, concepts, systems, implementation, and lessons learned from a robust strategic plan, and how the board prioritizes and assigns responsibilities for strategic objectives on a quarterly basis. Finally, we will share how the Nashville chapter board has used its strategic plan as part of our board operations culture. Using provided templates, participants will also have an opportunity to begin creating their own plans and scorecards throughout the session, so you are able to take all the great information from ALC and begin your chapter’s strategic planning success.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Differentiate between the advantages of a multiyear versus a single-year plan
    · Identify essential components of a living multiyear strategic plan
    · Describe a system that connects multiple strategic planning documents
    · Draw conclusions on how to apply multiyear strategic plan concepts to their own chapter
    · Generate a sample draft of a multiyear strategic plan
    · Produce a working draft of a quarterly scorecard based on their sample plan
  • Amber Watts and Sunni Wiltse
    Nebraska Chapter
    Implementing a Video Communication Strategy (Marketing and Communications Track)
    The goal of this session is to help chapter leaders gain an awareness of their current social media engagement levels as a result of their marketing efforts. Through the use of LinkedIn and other chapter analytics, you will develop a strategy for communication using video and design a cadence for your posts. Video communication is key to increasing an awareness of your upcoming programs, speaker spotlights, membership benefits, and special announcements. Find out how ATD Nebraska doubled its social media engagement levels and gained 24 new followers in the first two weeks of implementing its strategy.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify the most important engagement analytics for your chapter and establish benchmarks
    · Evaluate how the analytics align with your current chapter engagement goals
    · Develop a strategy for communicating to their chapter followers through the use of video on social media
  • Sam Caballero
    San Antonio Chapter
    Show Me the Money! Establishing a Viable Finance Program for Your Chapter (Chapter Management Track)
    To ensure the viability and longevity of any organization, it must have tangible resources coming in to support its operations. Most importantly, those resources must be documented, accounted for, and properly reported to ensure the chapter is abiding to ATD’s requirements as well as, local and national laws. If you need to stand up or revitalize your chapter’s finance program, this class is for you. Join us as “Show Me the Money!” is a calling to all board members that the chapter’s finances must be in order.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Explain the purpose of the chapter’s finance position to include the requirements as indicated from the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) CARE program
    · Explain the purpose of a budget and describe how it is aligned to the overall quantifiable and qualifiable goals of the chapter to include their relation to the value proposition of any implemented learning or social event
    · List all pertinent tools a chapter’s finance program must have to include best practices in their use to ensure the accountability of all resources
    · Introduce ATD’s Chapter Finance Toolkit and explain how it should be used as a benchmark in the implementation or revitalization of any chapter finance program
  • Ann Bryson-Eldridge and Derrick Fickling
    South Carolina Midlands
    Giving Back to Our Community as Only ATD Can (Membership Engagement Track)
    2020 has shown us the importance of giving. Many chapters engage their members in important charitable activities every year, such as by collecting gently used professional clothing to donate to job seekers or canned goods for food banks. These are wonderful efforts that provide valuable services any organization can do to give back to the community. What if ATD could do more? In 2018, ATD South Carolina Midlands took our local nonprofit partnership to the next level, offering members a chance to give back to the community using their talent development skills. Join us to learn how we developed a model to give back by teaching skills that help disadvantaged groups help themselves while promoting awareness of talent development as a profession.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Analyze local nonprofit community for partnership opportunities based on ATD's mission and member skills
    · Evaluate the needs of the chosen population
    · Develop a plan for giving that will suit the chosen population and the needs of ATD members
    · Assess potential risks to the plan and proactively address them
  • Harriett Pritchett, Donna Hailey, and Nicole Bowe-Rahming
    Houston Chapter
    Are You Cool, Calm, and Collected When It Comes to Your Virtual Events? The Journey to Chapter Sustainability in the Midst of Crisis (Programming Track)
    Are you cool, calm, and collected when it comes to your virtual events? Is your chapter fully achieving its mission to bring relevant and engaging learning topics to its chapter members? The ATD Houston and ATD San Antonio chapters were on a path to carry out this mission when 2020 brought in a new and never-seen-before challenge. Oil and gas price wars and COVID-19 threw the economy into turmoil and left a large portion of the talent development community without jobs. Our chapter members were affected immensely by this. A downturn in the oil and gas market was not historically new to the energy sector; however, it had never occurred during a pandemic. ATD Houston and ATD San Antonio’s stances were to place their members first. The decision was made to offer no-cost events during this unprecedented time of need. ATD Houston’s program and Geographic Interest Group (GIG)/Special Interest Group (SIG) along with ATD San Antonio's programs groups collaborated within their chapters to build a calendar of events that were timely and coordinated so that members could take advantage of as many events as possible. These events were thoughtfully and strategically planned and executed, using the ATD Capability model to provide reflection, restoration, and a way forward in a time of crisis and personal sacrifice.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Define the process the chapters followed to convert events from in-person to virtual
    · Identify internal and external programs, groups, marketing teams, and budget considerations needed for collaboration
    · Explore technology, tools, resources, and limitations connected to virtual session delivery
    · Understand the instructional design considerations for converting in-person sessions to virtual session delivery
    · Discover how the chapters developed other topics of interest via the community chats and virtual happy hour events
  • Chapter Networking by Role
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Amy Boyce and Stacy Alexander
    Central Iowa
    Letters to My Past Self (President/President Elect Track)
    Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish I would have known that” after the fact? What would you go back and say to yourself as you were starting out? People learn from past experiences, and at some point you have probably heard the phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” That doesn’t have to be your reality when it comes to starting your first year on the ATD board or in a new role. Past presidents from the Central Iowa chapter as well as current board members Stacy Alexander (president) and Amy Boyce (president elect) will share their experiences on what they wished they would have known stepping into their roles on the board through a “letter to my past self.” Come join the fun as you will be able to leave the session with your own letter.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Introduce participants to the institutional knowledge and the benefits of creating a past presidents council
    · Debrief video of Central Iowa past presidents experiences while identifying “feed-forward” items for their personal letter
    · Curate a list of desired accomplishments for the end of their term
    · Partner and commit to sending a “letter to my past self”
  • Lisa Anne Zoldi and Zizo Aku
    Central Florida Chapter
    Enhance Your Chapter's Visibility With Social Media Content Strategies (Marketing and Communications Track)
    ATD chapters face various challenges, like the recent global pandemic, which have tested their ability to continue to serve members and promote ATD’s mission. However, ATD Central Florida chapter (ATDCFL) was not heavily impacted by social distancing restrictions due to its active social media presence through a weekly vlog, podcast, and LinkedIn page. These social media content strategies can future-proof your chapter, become additional revenue streams, and increase its visibility to potential members. Join Alex Salas, ATDCFL president, and Lisa Anne Zoldi, vice president of communications, as they share their award-winning content strategies.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Explain the value of digital content marketing for ATD chapters
    · Recognize common misperceptions and barriers regarding the use of social media
    · Identify low-cost ways to create a chapter podcast
    · Create a free vlog on YouTube
  • Stephanie Hubka
    Metro DC Chapter
    One Day of Planning, One Year of Success: Your Strategic Planning Roadmap (Chapter Management Track)
    Every great year starts with a great strategic plan. But do you know where your starting line is? When it comes to balancing your board's interests, your members' needs, your chapter's finances, and your capacity, there are many factors to consider—and that's why you need a roadmap. Get ready to breathe new life into your chapter's approach to strategic planning. Through a session full of tips, tools, brainstorming, and conversations with fellow leaders, you'll build your own strategic roadmap to guide your upcoming year. We'll take a look at the components of a successful strategic plan, identify how each member of your board can play a critical role in its development and execution, and identify how you can assess your progress and prepare for roadblocks and detours when you encounter them. You'll also have the chance to identify how your strategic plan can contribute to CARE or CARE Plus achievement. Whether you are an incoming chapter president, a seasoned chapter leader, or brand-new to your board of directors, this session will prepare you to engage and contribute your ideas and leadership to the strategic planning process. Get ready to map out your chapter's future

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Express the value of strategic planning and its impact on a successful chapter leader and chapter member experience
    · Identify the components of an exceptional strategic plan
    · Lead conversations that engage your board and advance your annual planning
    · Construct a strategy that reflects the needs of chapter members
    · Assess progress throughout the year and adjust as warranted
  • Chris Coladonato (moderator), Samuel Caballero, Eliza Blanchard, Brian Washburn, and Sandra Smith
    Maryland Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, ATD, Puget Sound Chapter, and Greater Richmond chapters
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Panel Discussion (Programming Track)
    Is your chapter striving to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment? In order to do so, it is imperative to first understand the meaning and the differences behind these terms. Join a panel of chapter leaders and ATD staff for a candid conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and strategies to help your membership and board to reflect these values. Incorporating elements from the Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK), you will review the innerworkings of your chapter with a DEI lens to identify and implement approaches that touch all areas of chapter operations, from membership and programming to communications and recruitment.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Understand the differences between diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategies to incorporate these principles in your chapter
    · Examine your chapter’s potential barriers to entry and create an action plan to eliminating these barriers
    · Explore the life cycle of a member to determine potential gaps
    · Identify strategies to measure success and evaluate your chapter’s impact in your community
    · Discover ATD resources to support your efforts and continue the conversation
  • ATD Chapter Leaders Conference Program Advisory Conference (ALC PAC) Welcome
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Amy Swaminathan and Art Gangel
    Kansas City Chapter
    Build It and They Will STAY: Succession Planning Strategies Built Over Time (President/President Elect Track)
    Keeping chapter boards fully staffed, engaged, and diverse is always a challenge as talent development professionals’ lives get busier each year. Join us for this session to share ideas and hear stories about how other chapters are tackling this ongoing issue. The current executive team from ATD Kansas City will share their solutions developed over the last three years and facilitate brainstorming around the steps of succession planning so that you leave with innovative ideas and resources to improve your chapter’s member engagement process.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Apply a proprietary model for the creativity process.
    · Use the steps of the succession planning process to brainstorm ideas for your chapter.
    · Plan the interview process with potential board members, aligning with interests and increasing commitment.
    · Determine the best next steps for your chapter to create an action plan.
  • Ann Bryson-Elridge, Jennifer Labrie Pereira, Shelby Morris, Leslie Scarpace, and Ai Tanaka
    Nebraska Chapter and Hawaii Chapter
    Send Out an SOS to Escape the Post-ALC Doldrums (Marketing and Communications Track)
    Attend if you dare! This session will challenge your Sharing Our Success (SOS) and Chapter of the Month (COM) knowledge on all levels. Solve the puzzle of how to get an SOS accepted, crack the code to implementing an idea, and find the clues that will allow you to unlock ALC creativity at home. Can you do this before time runs out? Are you up for the challenge? To be successful at this task, bring your own device to the session.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify what is a good submission for an SOS
    · Complete an SOS submission that walks another chapter leader through the implementation of an idea
    · Locate best practices that might be useful in the repository
    · Use an SOS to help their chapter continue innovating
  • Debbie Richards
    Houston Chapter
    Wild Apricot Tips and Tricks (Chapter Management Track)
    During this session attendees will learn about tips and tricks to make using Wild Apricot easier. We will discuss how to apply updates to the membership section, including creating custom emails and updating system email, creating discount codes for membership drives, and modifying the contact and member data fields. We'll dive into reports, discussing custom reports and layouts. We will edit and update email templates as well as start an email from scratch. And we will discuss email tracking. Finally, we will run through webpage creation and updates. We will talk about how to apply ATD colors and styles as well as use gadgets such as video and custom HTML. Don't worry, if you are new to Wild Apricot, this will still be appropriate to attend. You will need admin rights to your Wild Apricot site if you want to try the tips in your own account.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Apply updates to the membership section
    · Understand the value of reports
    · Use the email section for targeted marketing
    · Design and develop webpages: Using Gadgets, Adding Video, Adding Other Web Objects, and Understanding Colors and Styles
  • Bart Castle and Susan Brookshire
    Dallas Chapter
    From Members to Leaders: Volunteers Are the Key (Membership Engagement Track)
    Does your chapter have a robust talent pipeline ready to take on the various leadership roles required for your organization to run smoothly? Regardless of size, building a pool of active and engaged volunteers is critical to your chapter’s ongoing success. ATD Dallas will share how it is enhancing its process of moving members into engaged volunteers that position them future leadership, setting up its members and the chapter for success. During this session you will examine your process and collaborate with your colleagues to identify additional strategies that will accelerate your chapter’s ability to move its membership into leadership roles at all levels of the chapter.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Examine their current volunteer practices to identify potential roadblocks in their leadership pipeline
    · Create a basic pitch to members for becoming volunteers
    · Maximize all methods of engaging volunteers at each level of the organization
    · Transform members into leaders through volunteerism
  • Morgean Hirt, Holly Batts, Robert Cocheu, and Kent Nuttall
    ATD Certification Institute and Houston Chapter
    Building Your Ultimate Chapter with Certification (Programming Track)
    Are you in search of a roadmap for chapter effectiveness? Are you seeking to position your chapter as the ultimate resource for talent development in your community? Learn how you can make ATD’s Talent Development Capability Model central to the success of your chapter. ATD’s newly released Talent Development Capability Model is a competency framework designed to demonstrate what TD professionals at all stages of their careers need to know and do to be effective. The Talent Development Capability Model provides a natural roadmap for programming development. The ATD Certification Institute programs, directly linked to the capability model, recognize industry standards that can advance the skills of your members. Learn how to make it work for your chapter as well as advance knowledge and gain skills and new members in the process.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify the tools and information available to your chapter through the Talent Development Capability Model.
    · Create a plan to integrate the model into your chapter’s content and event planning.
    · Identify ways that support for ATD certification programs can enhance your chapter offerings and operations.
  • Lunch Keynote: Finding Gratitude in the Face of Uncertainty? Inoculating Your Brain Against Anxiety and Stress
    Have you noticed that some people maintain a relatively positive attitude regardless of what’s happening around them? They appreciate the good times but also focus on the positive in the face of so much uncertainty and what seems like a string of daily negative events.

    Fortunately, a positive attitude can be cultivated with a little practice. Although we are born with specific temperamental tendencies, the brain is a muscle, and you can strengthen your mind’s natural tendency toward optimism if you work at it. And, fortunately, working on building your gratitude muscle can be enjoyable. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just a few minutes a day.

    Join Devin C. Hughes, keynote speaker and author of Simple Tips to Be a Happier YOU: Scientifically Proven to Help You Everyday, and learn the real, tangible, and practical ways that you can apply immediately to get on the highway to true happiness at home, in your chapter, or at work.

    In this keynote, you will learn:
    • New ideas for boosting your own attitude and ways to increase productivity at work
    • How positive psychology and social-emotional intelligence affect your performance and health
    • Strategies for creating a positive yet virtual culture at work
    • Practical strategies for happiness on a daily basis at work and home
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Bonnie Moore
    Houston Chapter
    Coaching Chapter Leaders: The KEY to Success! (President/President Elect Track)
    Coaching promotes leadership and success. This session shares coaching skills and strategies as well as gives specific language to empower your members to become leaders. Participants will experience the differences in telling, advising, consulting, mentoring, and coaching. They will look at the pros and cons of language in working with volunteers. Participants will understand the need for planning and structure. Chapter leaders will leave with myriad resources and a new outlook on coaching others and being coached to become a more effective leader.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Comprehend and apply the differences in language to foster cognitive coaching and initiate success
    · Analyze the similarities and differences of advising, consulting, mentoring, and coaching to assist chapter leaders and members with productive engagement and action
    · Apply and sustain effective coaching strategies throughout chapter leaders’ tenures by learning, implementation, and evaluation of these strategies
    · Understand the need of planning and organization of coaching strategies
  • Nikki Palmer-Quade and Meica Hatters
    Southeast Wisconsin Chapter
    Position Your Chapter as a Regional Thought Leader Through Strategic Partnerships (Marketing and Communications Track)
    The talent conversation is crowded, and organizations have been pushed to share perspectives, voice concerns, and reimagine their development efforts in the wake of COVID-19. How can your chapter stand out from the crowd and be recognized as a key resource? How can you gain recognition by influential decision-makers in your community? How can you engage and leverage the expertise of your members? Let us help you replicate the successful efforts that earned SEWI-ATD a 2020 Sharing Our Success Award. In this interactive workshop, you will roll up your sleeves to brainstorm the possibilities and devise a working plan to elevate your chapter's reach and credibility.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Generate ideas to elevate the talent development profession in your community so you can pursue partnerships with confidence
    · Evaluate partnership opportunities in your own city or region that can provide two to three times the ROI in one or more areas: attendance, membership, advertising, and other avenues that boost your credibility
    · Examine your chapter's board roles to determine the best fit and level of commitment for partnership efforts
    · Formulate a plan to connect with key difference-makers in your market so you can execute a proven road map
  • Lisa Grimes
    Ann Arbor Chapter
    Elevate Your Chapter's Operations: Get D.O.W.N. With A2ATD and Airtable (Chapter Management Track)
    Is your chapter light on documentation, or do you have documentation online that’s difficult to locate about specific topics? Is onboarding a struggle not only to communicate procedures but also about the interconnection of roles? Ann Arbor ATD (A2ATD) had these issues and needed to make a huge change. Join A2ATD for this session to hear the chapter's story as they got D.O.W.N with a one-stop tool within a year to document policies, procedures, roles, responsibilities, tasks, and much more; get the resources online in a way that can be filtered, sorted, and searched; organize into a logical workflow to accomplish tasks faster; and custom design to fulfill its specific needs. A2ATD is onboarding our board faster, keeping roles filled, and accomplishing more for our members. You’ll walk away with resources to get your chapter to the next level of operations—and all for FREE!

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Apply a practical plan for taking chapter operations and documentation into a one-stop tool that improves communication and reduces time to complete chapter tasks
    · Identify best practices and workflow examples to use within Airtable that clarify the board role’s primary and secondary responsibilities, how roles support each other, and show how to collaborate easily on initiatives
    · Adapt A2ATD’s resources to allow any chapter to implement an online tool such as Airtable that increases efficiency of chapter onboarding and responsiveness to membership
  • Kai Gillespie and Amy Boyce
    Central Iowa Chapter
    Hunting and Gathering: The Value Proposition of Membership (Membership Engagement Track)
    How would you describe your chapter’s method to increase or sustain membership? Hunting and gathering has long been a way in which we sustain ourselves as humans. It is also largely how ATD chapters gain and retain members. We can either passively wait for members to seek us out and see value, or we can go on the hunt to attract talent that could bring a mutually beneficial relationship. This session will focus on offering a brainstorm and best practices sharing opportunity as well as ideas the Central Iowa chapter has implemented these tactics. We will provide strategies that engage all levels of members from HR and talent development leaders, to past presidents and entry-level professionals, and from varying organizations in your area.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Differentiate the past method of acquiring members by defining the hunter and gatherer mindset
    · Create a plan of action to become more of a hunter when building membership
    · Brainstorm ideas about how to become more strategic with targeting membership to different organizations, levels of tenure, and areas of expertise
    · Identify and share tools for the hunt that creates robust membership
  • Kelli Frey
    Greater Richmond Chapter
    Connect Your Community: Build a Mentoring Program (for Free!) (Programming Track)
    Are you looking for a new way to engage your members? Do you want to add a valuable program without increasing your budget? Have you seen successful mentoring relationships? In this workshop style session, learn how you can build a mentoring program from the ground up. You will get data, best practices, and the Greater Richmond chapter case study to help you explore the mentoring opportunity for your chapter. Discuss the role of mentors and mentees and address challenges before they arise. You know that building powerful offerings requires powerful effort. Let us work together to reduce the work and increase your community’s engagement.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Discover best practices for building a mentoring program
    · Explore building blocks and identify which are right for your chapter
    · Evaluate and address potential challenges and issues you may face
    · Create a plan of action
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Bernadette Costello and Jennifer Rogers
    Metro DC Chapter and Piedmont Chapter
    CARE Plus: Your Chapter’s Prism to Shine a Light on Strategic Planning (President/President Elect Track)
    Chapter leaders hope to leave a legacy of a chapter that thrives and adds value to its members. Too often we get consumed with day-to-day operational priorities and can lose sight of our aspirations. CARE Foundational and Plus as strategy-planning tools can help chapter leaders expand their views of what could be while still making sure the chapter operates effectively and efficiently. To get the most out of this session, BRING or HAVE HANDY your chapter vision and mission statements and the latest chapter member survey.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Determine your chapter’s readiness for achieving CARE Plus
    · Determine a goal for how your board will use CARE Plus to drive your chapter’s strategic plan
    · Develop links between your chapter’s mission and annual goals with CARE Plus elements
    · Use CARE Plus as a framework for your chapter’s annual strategic planning process
    · Create a strategic planning agenda based on CARE Plus
  • Michael Haynes and Joan Allesee
    Detroit Chapter
    Stepping Up Your Board Member Onboarding Process (Chapter Management Track)
    ATD Detroit, like many chapters, previously relied mainly on word-of-mouth and trial-and-error onboarding for new board members. This left a lot of holes in the information provided and left new members feeling less sure of themselves in their new leadership position than they should be. The chapter decided that a new approach—a more intentional approach—was needed. As training professionals, we could do better. A more robust, blended learning program that included self-guided learning modules, teambuilding experiences, and monthly leadership check-ins was created. We’ll also cover how ATD Detroit assesses board member interest and learning from the onboarding program and seeks to make changes to upgrade the effectiveness of the program.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Assess the training needs of the board
    · Design a sustainable, long-term approach to onboarding
    · Make a plan for developing effective onboarding materials
    · Measure the success of the onboarding process and make changes as needed
  • Kristine Ellis and Scott Fossler
    Northeast Florida Chapter
    Increasing Your Chapter Membership (Membership Engagement Track)
    Are you looking to recover from a low membership year? Do you want to continue growing the numbers you already have? Do you need to recover and re-engage members after social distancing? Attend this session to learn how the Northeast Florida chapter increased their membership by 55 percent in one year. During the workshop you will hear about the primary activities that boosted its membership, the primary stakeholders involved, and the strategies used to overcome multiple challenges. Leave the session with great ideas and the start of a customized plan to boost your chapter membership next year.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Identify three primary activities that will boost Chapter membership
    · Identify three primary stakeholders or stakeholder groups to boost chapter membership
    · Brainstorm and document the beginning of a customized chapter plan to increase membership in 2021
  • Amber Watts and Kaitlyn Niechwiadowicz
    Nebraska Chapter
    Moving From Member Events to Member Experiences (Programming Track)
    Programming should be more than an event—it should be an experience. Chapters strive to create a sense of community, connect with their members, and add value to members' professional journeys. In today's digital age, it's challenging for our members to sift through the noise and identify experiences that will positively affect their careers. Through the use of social media and learning technologies, you can bring new life to your chapter's most traditional events. This session will give you a fresh perspective on ways to re-engage your members, inspire repeat attendance, and allow them to network in new ways. You'll leave the session with an action plan filled with strategies to increase attendance and engagement of your member offerings. End the transactions with your members and turn your events into experiences.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:
    · Learn strategic steps to establish partnerships with local businesses and professional organizations to drive community presence
    · Distinguish ways to use learning technology and social media to enhance the participants' experience
    · Create a post-session, interactive follow-up for program participants that allows the chapter to capture level 3 and 4 results (Kirkpatrick's Levels of Learning Evaluation)
    · Assess how chapters can expand their audience beyond their traditional member base, as ATD Nebraska did
  • Happy Hour: Chapter Networking by NAC