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 specific event.

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

Register for upcoming events!

    • 01 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Michigan Creamery 302 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Image Description: Three ice cream cones in a wire ice cream cone stand.

    Thursday, August 1, 2024

    Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Sweeten Your Network:
    Summer Ice Cream Social

    Take a break from the grind to build meaningful connections and expand your professional network—all while enjoying flavorful treats at Michigan Creamery!

    Join us in Ann Arbor for another fun opportunity to share experiences, swap stories, and forge new connections with local L&D professionals while basking in the warm, sunny vibes of the season.

    FREE for chapter members that register by July 25!

    Friends and family are welcome, too! Just don't forget to register everyone in advance because your ticket includes a scoop or two of delicious Michigan-made ice cream or frozen yogurt!


    Michigan Creamery

    302 S State St

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104


    • Early-bird (until July 25) Chapter members = FREE
    • Chapter members (after July 25) = $5
    • Early-bird (until July 25) Members of other local chapters = FREE 
    • Members of other local chapters (after July 25) = $5
    • Early-bird (until July 25) Non-members = $5
    • Non-members (after July 25) = $10
    • Student members = FREE

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

    Note: If you are bringing friends or family, please add them to the guest list so we know how many to expect. Thanks!

    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
    • 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.
    • 04 Aug 2024
    • 13 Oct 2024
    • 11 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

    Ann Arbor ATD

    CPTD Study Group

    Fall 2024

    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, ATD Nebraska and ATD Long Island

    Cohort Details:

    The cohort will run Sundays, 4 August 2024 to 13 October 2024 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST.  

    • This study group is aligned with testing window: 1 August 2024 to 31 October 2024 as well as the first weeks of testing window starting 1 October 2023 to 31 December 2024. 
    • Attend the free information session / kickoff on Sunday, 21 July 2024 at 6:30 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!

    • 05 Sep 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Business Education Building, Room 182
    • 32

    Image Description: A woman and man shaking hands. They are in front of a window in a well-lit room with other people that are also talking in pairs. The environment is collaborative and friendly.

    Thursday, September 5, 2024

    Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm

    Your Professional Blueprint:
    Learn, Leverage, Succeed

    Let’s harness the “back to school” vibe that’s in the air and focus on your own professional development. In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to create a personalized professional development plan focusing on the WHAT, WHO, and HOW you will grow in the next 3, 6, 9 months. (And you can use this technique with your team and others in your organization, too!) 

    WHAT: Align your learning and development goals with the key outcomes you need to produce. This ensures that they’re action-oriented, measurable, and that someone other than you also cares about them. We’ll dissect these goals into components that can be addressed via formal learning, network building, experiences, etc. 

    WHO: How can you leverage your network to help you meet your goals? We’ll explore strong and weak network ties and how each of these can be strategically leveraged – and how you can give back to your network in return. 

    HOW: You can’t boil the ocean (at least not all at once). Using the QualityMinds Agile Learning approach, you’ll make a plan for a first learning sprint to get you started. Perhaps you’ll even find a peer coach for the process right here at A2ATD!


    • Align learning needs with key professional (or personal!) outcomes.
    • Leverage strong and weak network links strategically to achieve outcomes.
    • Build an Agile plan for your own development
    • Consider ways to use this approach with your colleagues, team members and others in your organization.
    • Connect with other A2ATD members


    5:30 - 6:15 PM | Dinner & Networking

    6:15 - 6:25 PM | Welcome & Introductions

    6:30 - 7:30 PM | Presentation

    7:30 - 8:00 PM | Q&A and Wrap-Up


    Washtenaw Community College

    Business Education Building, Room 182

    4800 E. Huron River Drive,

    Ann Arbor MI 48105

    NOTE: This is not our usual room! Please see below for a map of the Business Education Building's first floor. 

    Visit this link for more location information:


    Early-bird pricing available for ATD Chapter Members through August 29, 2024!

    • Early-bird Chapter members = $25
    • Chapter members = $35
    • Early-bird Student members = $15
    • Student members = $25
    • Non-member guests = $45

    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
    • 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

    Image description: a headshot photo of Megan Torrance. She is smiling and wearing a turquoise collared shirt and necklace.

    Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, and has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works so they devote considerable time to sharing professional development.

    Megan is also the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, Data & Analytics for Instructional Designers, and Making Sense of xAPI.

    • 26 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • In-person event

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    Not sure what might be next for you in your career as a TD professional?

    Save the date for our first career connections event!

    Session details TBA – Check back for more details coming soon

    • 15 Oct 2024
    • TBA

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Past Events

21 Jul 2024 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
06 Jun 2024 A2ATD Summer 2024 Networking Happy Hour
24 May 2024 May Coffee Chat
02 May 2024 How to Earn a Seat at the Table
19 Apr 2024 April Coffee Chat (IN PERSON!)
12 Apr 2024 Pre-ATD24 Michigan Speakers Conference
22 Mar 2024 March Coffee Chat
12 Mar 2024 VR: What is it? Why use it? And experience it!
23 Feb 2024 February Coffee Chat
08 Feb 2024 Harness AI to Transform Your Learning Ecosystem
19 Jan 2024 January New Year's Coffee Chat
14 Jan 2024 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
11 Jan 2024 Microlearning: What the heck is it – and 20 ways to use it! (Virtual Event)
04 Dec 2023 Night of Networking
04 Dec 2023 Employee Learning Week
13 Nov 2023 November Coffee Chat
02 Nov 2023 The Great Engagement
26 Oct 2023 October Coffee Chat
17 Oct 2023 It's time to REFRESH! — October Mini-Conference Event
22 Sep 2023 Coffee Chat! Welcome Back!
14 Sep 2023 Liberating Structures: Power Tools for Peer Learning
30 Jul 2023 CPTD Study Group - Fall 2023
23 Jul 2023 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
01 Jun 2023 A2ATD Summer 2023 Networking Happy Hour
17 May 2023 Coffee Chat! Welcome New Members!
04 May 2023 Putting Performance First
17 Apr 2023 Coffee Chat! April Event Debrief and Networking
06 Apr 2023 Shut Up and Facilitate
13 Mar 2023 Coffee Chat! March Event Debrief and Networking
02 Mar 2023 Defining Learner Success with Journey Mapping
02 Feb 2023 A2ATD Networking – Trivia Night!
22 Jan 2023 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
01 Dec 2022 Level 3 Evaluations Made Simple, Credible, and Actionable VIRTUAL EVENT
03 Nov 2022 Postponed: Putting Performance First (In-Person Event)
17 Oct 2022 Coffee Chats! TD as a Consultant: How to say NO (and still keep your job!) (Virtual Event)
06 Oct 2022 Leverage Change: 8 Ways to Achieve Faster, Easier, Better Results - In-Person Event
23 Sep 2022 Coffee Chats! Quarterly Chat on TD Project Management- for Realsies! (Virtual Event)
11 Sep 2022 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
08 Sep 2022 It's time to REBOOT — September Welcome Back Event
10 Jun 2022 POSTPONED! Coffee Chats! Workplace Wellness (IN PERSON!)
02 Jun 2022 A2ATD Summer Networking Happy Hour
15 May 2022 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
13 May 2022 Coffee Chats! TD Project Management for Realsies: Reconciling Textbook PM Practices with the Real World (Virtual Event)
05 May 2022 Are you ready to rethink and retool leadership development? It's time to do something different! - Virtual Event
07 Apr 2022 Raising Our Storytelling Sights (Virtual Event)
03 Mar 2022 Storyboarding and Miro – Collaboration That Makes an Impact (Virtual Event)
03 Feb 2022 Create Trust and Dramatically Improve Employee Experience Through the Art of Engagement (Virtual Event)
23 Jan 2022 CPTD Study Group - Informational Kickoff Session
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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