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ATD BEST Cohort Program Workshops (Series of 4 Sessions)

  • 18 Aug 2021
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • 18 Aug 2021, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 25 Aug 2021, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 15 Sep 2021, 11:30 AM 12:30 PM (EDT)
  • 29 Sep 2021, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual Session


  • Registration for A2ATD regular chapter members
  • If you are a member of Detroit or Toledo ATD, please provide the chapter name during registration.
  • Registration for those not currently A2ATD chapter members
  • Registration for A2ATD student chapter members


ATD BEST Cohort Program Workshops

(Virtual Event - series of four workshop sessions)

Session Dates and Times:

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 / 12:00-1:00

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / 12:00-1:00

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / 11:30-12:30 (different time than other sessions)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 / 12:00-1:00

Join us for this series of four workshop sessions where facilitator Jerry Kaminski will walk you through how to submit an ATD BEST application! During these four virtual sessions you will have the opportunity to ask Jerry questions about the program, and fill out your application.

The BEST Award is an annual award that was established in 2003 and recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success or achievement as a result of talent development.

At the completion of the sessions, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the BEST application and what data you will need.
  • Determine if you want to submit your application or use it to benchmark your own function.
  • Identify a project plan and timeline required to submit your application.
  • Identify how to collect your data for your submission
  • Use the ATD State of the Industry Report to align your application.
  • Identify how to collect your data for your submission
  • Discuss the importance of the CEO recommendation/quote.
  • Draft your submission.
  • Conduct a peer review and critique of your submission.
  • Finalize and submit your submission.


Virtual Session


    • A2ATD, Detroit and Toledo Chapter members = $15
    • Student members = $15
    • Non-member guests = $30

    Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm the Friday before the event
    • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
    • Refunds will be issued either via original payment or transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.
    • Refunds after 5 pm the Friday before the event cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

    About the Presenter:

    Name: Jerry Kaminski, CPT, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSSGB

    Title: Manager, Learning & Development-Instructional Design, Consumers Energy

    Bio: Jerry leads the instructional design team and vendor management at Consumers Energy. He has over thirty-five years of talent and organizational development experience in a multitude of industries including information technology, retail, government, consulting, automotive and currently, energy utilities. Jerry started his career as an anti-submarine warfare technician in the US Navy, moving from that role to instructor, and ultimately a program development director for the learning command. He has also held positions including instructional designer, e-learning manager, learning architect and Chief Learning Officer. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in instructional design from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Wayne State University, respectively. He also holds certification as a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT-ISPI), SPHR, SHRM-SCP and CSSGB. He is a five-time winner of ATD’s BEST award, past ATD Forum Advisory Group chairperson, and member of the ATD Public Policy Committee. In addition, Jerry has been a judge of the Chief Learning Officer Learning Elite awards since 2016 and is also author of two chapters of the ATD Forum book “Leading the Learning Function”. His chapters cover front-end analysis and use of technology in the learning function. In his spare time, he can be found sailing or working on his 100-year old home.

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