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 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 Policies.  Full details are listed when you click on each card.

Upcoming events

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 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 Fall 2021

    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:

    September 26, 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.

    • 03 Oct 2021
    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 11 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

    Ann Arbor ATD

    CPTD Study Group

    Fall 2021

    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.

    Cohort Details:

    The cohort will run Sundays, 3 October 2021 to 12 December 2021 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM EST 

    • This study group is aligned with testing window: 6 October 2021 to 22 December 2021 as well as the first weeks of testing window starting 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022. 
    • Attend the free information session / kickoff on Sunday, 26 September 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!

    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Session

    October 7, 2021

    TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Scale & Prevail: The Technology and Tradition Alliance

    This session will explore a use case of converting an entire training program to a digital training program. We will discuss how the use of technology and implementation of processes allowed us to scale a primarily classroom-based training program into a fully-virtual, highly rated training program, plus the harmony required between tradition and technology to promote learning and retention.

    In this session, you will learn how to:

    • Discuss ways traditional onboarding training has become more unmanageable in the virtual workplace
    • List and explain "The 4 C's of Training
    • Discuss measurement of effectiveness, outcomes, and results
    • Examine ways to achieve the optimal balance between technology and traditional training methods.


    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

    Note that 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 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 if the same cost.

        About the Presenter:

        Tina Gates, MS, MSEd

        Tina Gates, MS, MSEd, is the Director of Training & Enablement for a software company. She oversees a team of Instructional Designers and Content Writers to provide training for 150 employees and 500,000+ end users. Tina has 20 years of experience in software development, 10 years in training and 5.5 in training leadership.

        • 04 Nov 2021
        • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
        • Virtual Session

        November 4, 2021

        TIME: 7:00 - 8:15 pm

        Building Resilience

        Resilience is the capacity to adapt and recover quickly from difficulties. It helps you to maintain poise and a healthy level of physical and psychological wellness in the face of life's challenges, such as the impact of the pandemic that we are all experiencing right now. In this session you will learn practical strategies and personal practices for developing a positive mindset and boosting your cognitive and emotional resilience capacity.


        • Understand the basic neuroscience behind building cognitive and emotional resilience
        • Learn simple and practical techniques that will help boost personal resilience


        7:00 - 7:05 pm Welcome & Introductions

        7:05 - 8:10 pm Presentation

        8:10- 8:15 pm Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close

        Location:  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 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 if the same cost.

        About the Presenter:

        Ranjan Raman

        Ranjan Raman is currently a L&D Expert with SAP Global Leadership Development Facilitation Team. He is also a Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence program facilitator (SIYLI certified), Executive Coach (CTI certified), Team Coach (Solutions Focus certified), and a Master Performance Consultant (ATD certified).

        • 02 Dec 2021
        • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        • Virtual Event

        Mark your calendar for an upcoming event with the

        • 06 Jan 2022
        • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        • Virtual Event

        Are your organizational transformation efforts falling short?

        Are you feeling ill equipped to support your organization’s volume and rate of change?

        You are not alone!

        Perhaps it’s time to consider a different approach to driving change? There has been heavy industry focus on change management tools and templates, standards and methods which, although necessary, are not enough to drive change, which we have seen from the disappointing statistics on successful change. Driving change involves the difficult task of trying to invoke and sustain human behavior impossible by the action of completing a template alone. Join this interactive workshop in which we explore how to mature your change practices using a practical behavior-based approach that accelerates change management dramatically improving your business outcomes and ROI. This is a must attend for upping your change skills!

        Join us in January for this event facilitated by Michelle Yanahan, Principal and Owner of ChangeFit 360!

      Past events

      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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