February 2021 Newsletter

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Talent Leaders during
Black History Month

Now, more than ever, it is important to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace for organizations to ensure we are attaining and retaining the BEST Talent. This requires demonstrating  in actions, words, commitment, and accountability that DIVERSITY of all types is welcomed. Honoring the achievements of African Americans/Blacks should be a celebration of your team members and their ancestral contributions to our history.

What Talent Leaders Can Do:

  • Say and Email “Happy Black History Month”  a great way to start the day, even if you do not have any African Americans that work for you
  • When developing training – diversify your characters, imagery, names, and scenarios
  • Promote local and national Black History Month awareness
  • Support Black-owned businesses
  • Become a member of a Black organization
  • Host a Book Club reading Black authors
  • Plan an interactive virtual event celebrating African American or Black contributions to society, or individuals on your teams
  • Debut your action plan to address DE&I for your organization
  • Encourage cultural dialogue and discussion in virtual table talks
  • Be intentional and actionable about diversifying your vendors and suppliers
  • Solicit feedback from your teams on how the organization can be more diverse, and communicate that to your recruitment teams

Straight from the Chapter Blog

Designing to Wow by Esther Matthews

The late legendary designer, Milton Glaser, once said “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

While Glaser was specifically referencing visual designers, I believe there’s a lesson in his statement for talent development professionals as well. We design employee experiences that transform others. Whether that’s through guiding or developing them along their career paths, laying out the framework for their progression, helping them develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities, or something else - our work is nothing short of transformative. Shouldn’t the transformative experiences that we design for our audiences “wow” them as well?

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Chapter News

2020 Annual Report

We strive to educate our membership with our Annual Report. Please take a moment to look at 2020 A Year in Review –Chapter Annual Report in the Membership Toolkit located on the website. Members will see how we used membership dues to maintain chapter operations and support local talent development professionals. Read about our challenges in 2020 and successes as well. Leadership has taken this report into account for planning for 2021.


For the month of February, the month of LOVE, we want to hear from you what you LOVE about ATD Greater Atlanta. Post to any of your favorite social media sites and use #ILoveATDGA. Any video posts will be eligible for a Starbucks gift card.

Register for the Spring Mentoring Program

We are bringing back the Mentoring Program for ATD Greater Atlanta members to develop and grow from one another. Check out all the information and registration form on the Mentorship page of the Chapter website.


Seeking a Community Relations Account Manager!


Upcoming Events

Ready to sharpen your skills?

Hear from ATD's Director of Credentialing, Morgean Hirt, about how this game-changing model helps prepare TD professionals for the trends we can’t yet see and the future we cannot predict. Explore the new interactive Capability Model, which can help you harness change for your organization.

February 2, 2021
1:00PM - 2:30PM


Designing Virtual Learning to Deliver Impact and ROI

This 2-part event, sponsored by the Learning Measurement & Evaluation CoP, shows how program owners can design virtual learning with desired outcomes in mind and create a business case, demonstrating that the virtual format works.

Session one highlights an ROI study that shows how virtual learning delivered business value in terms that executives, sponsors, and funders appreciated and understood. 

Part 1 on
February 18, 2021
4:45PM - 6:00PM


A Chapter with the Chapters

Each month a member-selected book will be read and discussed online every one month. Some books will be bestsellers and highlight industry trailblazers. Some will be less famous works the executive board thinks you will love. Each will be discussed in an hour interactive session led by the book’s author. You are responsible for getting a copy of the book to read or listen to but we will provide a chapter, upon registration, for the live discussion.

Starting on
February 24, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM


Register Now for The Podcast Bootcamp

Our Podcast Bootcamp is designed for Talent Development professionals seeking to create learning opportunities in a new format. This amazing opportunity is a must-attend for anyone who has ever thought, "This should be my podcast!" and now wants to make it happen.

Starting on
March 3, 2021
4:45PM - 6:00PM


To view all of the upcoming ATD Greater Atlanta chapter events, visit our Events Calendar. Don't forget to also check out our various committee meetings


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