A2ATD is committed to offering valuable, monthly educational programs along with networking opportunities for those in (or interested in) the training and development field. 

Our program topics are aligned with the ATD's Capability Model.

Program Information

Date & Time:  First Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) and program times can vary.
Location:    See each event description for virtual or in-person information as mode of delivery will vary based on the current COVID-19 status.

Click here for Cancellation and Media policies.  Full details are listed when you click on each card.  

Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

    If you have heard about ATD's new Capability Model, you may be ready to take the next step on your professional journey by becoming CPTD certified. 

    Ann Arbor ATD is here to support your goals with the

    CPTD Study Group for Spring 2022

    If you are ready to take this next step or would like to learn more about how our study group works, join us for our kickoff instructional session on:

    January 23, 2021 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

    This is open to A2ATD members, non-members and to the general public.  You can get more details here:

    You can also email us at with questions.

    • 30 Jan 2022
    • 10 Apr 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

    Ann Arbor ATD

    CPTD Study Group

    Spring 2022

    Having a support system as you prepare for the CPTD exam can have a big impact on your success and we're here for you!  

    Ann Arbor ATD is hosting a study group for current CPTD candidates pursuing certification.  We welcome everyone, including those from our partner chapters Metro DC ATD and ATD Long Island

    Cohort Details:

    The cohort will run Sundays, 30 January 2022 to 10 April 2022 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM EST 

    • This study group is aligned with testing window: 1 February 2022 to 29 April 2022 as well as the first weeks of testing window starting 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022. 
    • Attend the free information session / kickoff on Sunday, 23 January 2022 at 8:30 PM EST  to learn more!

    Prior to registration you must visit and submit a short survey.  You will be contacted with more information as well as the code needed to register.  If you have additional questions please email

    We look forward to assisting you on your road to next level performance!

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Session

    February 3, 2022

    TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Create Trust and Dramatically Improve Employee Experience Through the Art of Engagement (Virtual Event)

    Do your employees feel they are supported, validated and acknowledged for the contributions they make to your organization? Discover how to build a foundation of trust and connection, and dramatically improve employee engagement, while creating high-level outcomes for your organization.

    In this action packed session, we will discover how to:

    • Reinvent your standards for the highest quality employee experience
    • Retrain organization leaders to give empathy and validation
    • Rework corporate language to make sure that what defines the organizational culture is evident to everyone
    • Re-ignite your employees' passion for the work they do every day


    6:00 - 6:05 pm Welcome & Introductions

    6:05 - 6:55 pm Presentation

    6:55- 7:00 pm Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close


    Virtual Session


    • Chapter members = Free
    • Student members = Free
    • Non-member guests = $10

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

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    • Cancellations will be accepted until 24 hours prior to the event and a refund request should be sent to Refunds will be issued and returned directly using the same form of payment.
    • Refunds within 24 hours of the event will not be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place or request that the registration be moved to a future virtual event of the same cost

      About the Presenter:

      John Nepper is a professional speaker and educator, and his experience spans over 37 years. John is known as the Trust and Connection Maximizer. He is the creator of “The Art of Engaged Conversation”™, and a published author on Amazon. Honored as Kenosha, WI Unified Schools Teacher of the Year, and a recipient of the Herb Kohl educational fellowship.

      John Nepper brings his skills as a professional music educator and speaker to work with organizational leaders to create higher levels of trust and connection in the workplace through "The Art of the Engaged Conversation”™. 

      John's trainings have helped people feel a renewed sense of commitment to organizational outcomes, find ways to reinvest in being part of the team, and feel like their contribution to the organization makes a difference.

      • 03 Mar 2022

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    Past events

    13 Jan 2022 Power of the Positive: Focus on what IS Working to Promote Organizational Change - Virtual Event
    02 Dec 2021 Night of Networking at Corner Brewery
    04 Nov 2021 Building Resilience (VIRTUAL EVENT)
    15 Oct 2021 Lunch Break Networking Session (Virtual Event)
    07 Oct 2021 Scale & Prevail: The Technology and Tradition Alliance (VIRTUAL EVENT)
    26 Sep 2021 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
    09 Sep 2021 From ‘Order Taker’ to Stakeholder: How L&D can earn a seat at the table
    27 Jul 2021 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
    27 Jun 2021 June Networking Health Event - Live
    16 Jun 2021 ATD BEST Cohort Program Information Session (Virtual Event-FREE to interested participants)
    03 Jun 2021 RQ: Results Through Relationship Intelligence (Virtual Event)
    14 May 2021 Lunch Break Networking Session (Virtual Event)
    06 May 2021 L&D’s Role in Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace
    16 Apr 2021 Lunch Break Networking Member Session (Virtual Event)
    08 Apr 2021 Rethinking Leadership Development: Leveraging motivational science to equip leaders to succeed (Virtual Event)
    12 Mar 2021 Lunch Break Networking Member Session (Virtual Event)
    04 Mar 2021 Onboarding: Not just an information dump, but a learning experience!
    12 Feb 2021 Lunch Break Networking Member Session (Virtual Event)
    04 Feb 2021 Unlock Your Potential for High Qs in Leadership
    24 Jan 2021 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
    15 Jan 2021 Lunch Break Networking Member Session (Virtual Event)
    07 Jan 2021 Get Your Career on Track: Skills for Success
    11 Dec 2020 Employee Learning Week Networking Member Session (Virtual Event)
    03 Dec 2020 Networking: Trivia Night! (Virtual Event)
    05 Nov 2020 The Key to a Vibrant Company Culture? Talent Development!
    08 Oct 2020 Stakeholder Centered Coaching
    27 Sep 2020 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
    25 Sep 2020 Gamification for Talent Development: Deconstructing the Psychology of Games to Entice, Engage, and Encourage Learners
    22 Sep 2020 Unleash Your Potential with the ATD Talent Development Capability Model – Your Blueprint for Impact
    03 Sep 2020 Job Insecurity is a Reality: What You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Career More Recession-Proof
    04 Jun 2020 Night of Networking (Virtual Event)
    07 May 2020 The Learning Leader Job Is Not Easy!
    02 Apr 2020 Improve Your L&D/TD Practices by Applying Adult Learning Theories
    01 Apr 2020 Interact & Engage! Activities for Engaging Virtual Training
    05 Mar 2020 Pop Up AR: How a Fitness Facility Implemented AR for Safety Training
    05 Feb 2020 Using xAPI Outside of an LMS to Analyze Learning Behaviors
    09 Jan 2020 The Coaching Game: Leveraging the Points of You in Learning and Growth
    05 Dec 2019 Night of Networking at Corner Brewery
    23 Nov 2019 Articulate Storyline 360 Workshop: Zero to Publishing in One Day
    22 Nov 2019 Creating Branching Scenarios with Articulate Storyline 360 - Webinar
    06 Nov 2019 Integrating Adult Development into Talent Management Initiatives
    03 Oct 2019 True Colors
    05 Sep 2019 Better Learning and Data Analytics: An Introduction to xAPI
    01 Sep 2019 Detroit Tigers Game - Joint Chapter Event
    30 Jul 2019 Top 10 Microsoft Office Tips by New Horizons - ATD Detroit Webinar
    26 Jun 2019 Building Your Leadership Pipeline by New Horizons - ATD Detroit Webinar
    15 Jun 2019 Articulate Storyline 360 Workshop: Zero to Publishing in One Day
    06 Jun 2019 Night of Networking at The Back Office Studio
    21 May 2019 Ready for Anything by The Frontier Project - ATD Detroit Webinar
    01 May 2019 Demystifying Gamification & Serious Games for Learning
    04 Apr 2019 Twist in Talent Development: Personal Strategic Plans
    07 Mar 2019 Raising the Bar: 8 Ls of Evaluation
    07 Mar 2019 Design Thinking: Moving From Theory to Application to Business Results - ATD Detroit Webinar
    20 Feb 2019 Why Being An Order Taker Won’t Satisfy Your Stakeholders (Rescheduled)
    20 Feb 2019 Utilizing a Next-Gen Learning Ecosystem in the Workplace - ATD Detroit Webinar
    22 Jan 2019 Putting Learners in the Driver's Seat - ATD Detroit Webinar
    10 Jan 2019 Microlearning: Beyond the Buzz
    06 Dec 2018 Night of Networking
    01 Nov 2018 Becoming a More Confident Trainer
    04 Oct 2018 The Head, the Heart, and the Briefcase
    06 Sep 2018 Using People Science to Make People Decisions
    07 Jun 2018 Night of Networking
    03 May 2018 Storytelling: Stories that Influence
    05 Apr 2018 Brand You: Creating Your Authentic Personal Brand
    01 Mar 2018 Competence and Confidence
    01 Feb 2018 Influence without Authority: Creating a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up
    18 Jan 2018 A2ATD Night at the Museum with Torrance Learning
    04 Jan 2018 Improving Your Performance Through Strength-Based Knowledge
    07 Dec 2017 Night of Networking at Twisted Rooster
    02 Nov 2017 Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy
    05 Oct 2017 Effectively Navigating a Complex World
    07 Sep 2017 Power Messaging: Engaging Your Audience
    01 Jun 2017 Night of Networking
    04 May 2017 Burnout & Performance: The Path to Improvement
    06 Apr 2017 Get Mo Creative
    02 Mar 2017 Sticky Situations: Surviving Conflict, Change, & Challenging People
    02 Feb 2017 Speak So They Listen!
    05 Jan 2017 Think Like an Actor, Speak Like a Pro
    01 Dec 2016 Night of Networking
    03 Nov 2016 The Leader's Protocol®
    06 Oct 2016 Coaching in Difficult or Complex Situations
    01 Sep 2016 World Café: An Introduction to Dialogic Methods
    02 Jun 2016 Night of Networking
    05 May 2016 Making the Most of Mobile Learning Tools, Templates, Models and Patterns
    07 Apr 2016 Emotional Intelligence with Kelly Beattie
    03 Mar 2016 Next-Level Networking: Non-Starter Strategies
    04 Feb 2016 Starting with, "Yes, and...": Improvised Leadership Language
    07 Jan 2016 Prezi or PowerPoint - Which is Better for Your Training Presentation?
    03 Dec 2015 Creating a Vision of Greatness
    05 Nov 2015 Learning Strategy: Preparing Your Organization for Effective Learning
    01 Oct 2015 Night of Networking
    03 Sep 2015 Getting L&D Done with Trello Fun!
    06 Aug 2015 Summer Break
    02 Jul 2015 Summer Break
    04 Jun 2015 Speak So They Listen!
    07 May 2015 A Crash Course in User-Centered Design
    02 Apr 2015 What is xAPI and Will It Really Change My Life?
    05 Mar 2015 The CPLP for Building a Professional Career in Talent Development
    05 Feb 2015 Annual Night of Networking
    08 Jan 2015 Managing Transitions –Making the Most of Change
    04 Dec 2014 December 4 Meeting: Keep Technology Distractions at Bay
    06 Nov 2014 November 6 Meeting: Maximize Competitive Advantage with Top 10 Body Language Secrets & SAVVY!
    02 Oct 2014 October 2 Meeting: Story Telling Success!
    04 Sep 2014 September 4 Meeting: Social Media Tools for Learning
    01 Aug 2014 Summer Break
    01 Jul 2014 Summer Break
    05 Jun 2014 June 5 Meeting: Best Practices in New Employee On-Boarding
    01 May 2014 May 1 Meeting: Get Yourself in the Game - Tips for Pitching a Winning Business Plan
    03 Apr 2014 April 3 Meeting: Engaged Education and Digital Learning at the University of Michigan Duderstadt Center
    06 Mar 2014 March 6 Meeting: Spring Fever Socializing & Networking Night
    06 Feb 2014 February 6 Meeting: Turn Your OD Challenge on its Head
    09 Jan 2014 January 9 Meeting: Tech Nite -Webcasts, Videoconferencing and e-Learning
    05 Dec 2013 A2ASTD Meeting Dec 5: Experiential Learning
    07 Nov 2013 A2ASTD Meeting Nov 7: The ASTD Competency Model
    03 Oct 2013 A2ASTD Meeting Oct 3: Using Gamification & Social Media in Instructional Design
    05 Sep 2013 A2ASTD Meeting Sept 5: Best Practices in Learning and Development
    06 Jun 2013 A2ASTD June Meeting: Social Media and Social Learning for Learning Professionals
    02 May 2013 A2ASTD May Meeting: "Cozying Up to New Competencies"
    04 Apr 2013 A2ASTD April Meeting: "The Culture of Joy" with Rich Sheridan
    07 Mar 2013 A2ASTD March Meeting: Not The Same Ol' Employee Engagement Program – It’s Really About Leadership
    08 Feb 2013 A2ASTD Special Presentation: "Creating Culture That Rocks!" with Jim Knight
    07 Feb 2013 A2ASTD February Meeting: Training that Rocks! with Jim Knight
    10 Jan 2013 A2ASTD January Meeting: The ROI of Training and Leadership Development
    06 Dec 2012 A2ASTD December Chapter Meeting: A Holiday Smorgasbord of Learning & Development Topics - Complementary to Members!
    08 Nov 2012 A2ASTD November Chapter Meeting: The Talent Imperative: Grow It or Die Trying
    05 Oct 2012 A2ASTD Special October Workshop | The Game Changer: Making the Shift from Tactical Training to Strategic Solutions
    04 Oct 2012 October Chapter Meeting: It’s Not Magic: The University of Farmers Got to the Top. You Can, Too!
    06 Sep 2012 September Chapter Meeting: Take Your Learning Strategy Back to School
    01 Aug 2012 Check back shortly for our 2012-13 program schedule!
    27 Jul 2012 Methodologies to Effectively Deliver Training in the Workplace
    07 Jun 2012 June Chapter Meeting: Learn and Share-What’s Happening in Your Local Training & Development Community - Complimentary Meeting for Members!
    03 May 2012 May Chapter Meeting: Comics Are Great For Workplace Learning!
    05 Apr 2012 April Chapter Meeting: Successfully Working and Connecting Across Generations
    08 Mar 2012 March Chapter Meeting: Why Traditional Performance Management Fails - An Introduction to Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success
    02 Feb 2012 February Chapter Meeting: Learn 12 Surprising Techniques for Obtaining Powerful Data from Level 1 Evaluations
    05 Jan 2012 January Chapter Meeting - Shifting the Performance Curve
    08 Dec 2011 December Chapter Meeting - ASTD State of The Industry - Free for Member's Only Virtual Meeting
    03 Nov 2011 November Chapter Meeting: Discovery Learning: Changing the Way the World Educates
    06 Oct 2011 Enterprise Mobile Learning and Deployment
    08 Sep 2011 Why Open Book Management
    09 Jun 2011 HorsePlay - Engaging Horses as Learning Partners
    02 Jun 2011 Innovating with Nature: Experiential Learning with Horses
    05 May 2011 Beyond Talking Heads: Orchestrating Compelling Training Experiences
    07 Apr 2011 Using Improv Comedy to Stimulate Innovative Thinking

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