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President's Corner - December 2018

December. It’s so hard to believe it’s here. It’s always a time for reflection on the blessings of the last year–a time to step away from the to-be-done list and instead to reflect on the things we don’t typically put on that list, but which take precedence over the list: a meal and celebration with family, laughing with friends, being thankful for the small things.

It’s also time to reflect on what we accomplished together in the ATD community:

The countless volunteers—you!—who have moved this chapter forward.

The events we’ve planned and executed. Think about it:

  • ACE! 
  • Resume writing!
  • Interviewing skills!
  • Community service and outreach!
  • Strengths Finder!
  • And the incredible chapter meetings at The Home Depot and Chick-fil-A!

The professional speakers and presenters we’ve invited to town and from whom we learned so much:

  •  Britt Andreatta!
  •  Nadia Bilchik!
  •   Ethan Edwards from Allen Interactions!
  •  Lenn Millbower!
  •  Paul Schempp!
  •  April Farlow from Dale Carnegie!

And so many others.

It’s been quite a year, and it’s been a pleasure to work together to serve the Atlanta learning community, to leave that community a better place than we found it just a year ago.

Reflection is important, but I would be remiss without reminding you about the December chapter meeting on December 4. It’s our year end celebration where we’ll be learning from Disney (!), provide free headshot photos, and support MUST Ministries at this special time of year. Register at https://atdatlanta.org/event-3096848 and join the celebration!

And just one more thing: a personal note of thanks to each of you for allowing me to serve as chapter president for 2018. I humbly appreciate the opportunity to serve and lead this great community of professionals. I’ve built relationships that will last a lifetime and had more networking opportunities than I thought possible.

Enjoy the holidays, and thank you for making the Greater Atlanta Chapter … greater!

Julie Padgett
Chapter President