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 new Competency Model.

Program Dates & Times

First Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted)
5:30 - 7:30 pm (New Time)

Program Location 

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48106


If you register for a program and cannot attend, cancellations will be accepted up until 5 pm on the Friday, the week prior to the event. Refunds after this date cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to Refunds will be issued either by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.

Upcoming events

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

    January 10, 2019

    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Microlearning: Beyond the Buzz

    It’s called learning that is just-in-time, just when and just where it’s needed. It’s called learning that occurs in small chunks.

    It’s an L&D industry buzz word — microlearning. But, what is it really? Join Innovative Learning Group Project Manager and Performance Consultant Mike Blahnik to discuss this and more in his presentation — Microlearning: Beyond the Buzz.

    In this session, we will:

    • Define microlearning — what is it and what is it NOT
    • Discuss microlearning design and tips
    • Discuss the differences and similarities between microlearning, training, and performance support


    5:30 - 5:50 pm Dinner & Networking

    5:50 - 6:05 pm Welcome & Introductions

    6:05 - 7:15 pm Presentation & Practice

    7:15 - 7:30 pm Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close


    Register by January 4, 2019 and save $5

    • Chapter members = $20
    • Student members = $15
    • Non-member guests = $40

    (Join now and save up to $25!)

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

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on January 4, 2019. 

    • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to
    • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.

    Refunds after January 4, 2019 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

    About the Presenter:

    Mike Blahnik is a project manager and performance consultant at Innovative Learning Group. He also is the account manager for Ford. Mike is experienced in systems and business process analysis, project management, and performance management. In 2017, Mike was designated an Emerging Training Leader by Training magazine. He is a member of the Michigan Chapter of ISPI and former board member having completed his term as past-president last year. Mike has a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University.

Past events

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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