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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field.

The Fort Worth / Mid-Cities Chapter was founded in 1974. The purpose was to provide a three-county network for professionals in the fields of training and development to further their skills. The Fort Worth / Mid-Cities Chapter incorporated in the state of Texas in May 2000.

In 1987, the chapter hosted the ASTD Southwest Regional Conference. The chapter was one of 51 chapters recognized at the 1994 ASTD International Conference & Exposition for having successfully met the criteria established for the Chapter Assessment and Recognition Tool (CHART). In August 2003, the chapter was named National Chapter of the Month.

The CHART process was replaced by CORE. Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE) are a set of performance guidelines designed to help chapters deliver consistent benefits to members. CORE consists of elements in five key areas: administration, finance, membership, professional development, and communication, which are necessary for running a chapter like a business. The Fort Worth Mid-Cities Chapter typically scores 100% on CORE each year.

The chapter hosted a conference of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapters in 2009.

In May 2014, the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) — to better reflect and support the global nature, tremendous diversity, influence, and impact of our profession — changed its name to the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

The Past Presidents of the Fort Worth / Mid-Cities chapter were instrumental in building our chapter into the organization it is today. To view the Past Presidents click here

Upcoming events

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Diamond Oaks - 5821 Diamond Oaks Dr N, Fort Worth, TX 76117

    Transforming Talent Development by Revolutionizing the World of Psychometrics

    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Speaker: Rebecca Bales, Lumina Learning Global Partner, Americas

    Program Summary: Employee engagement is stagnant across the US since 2011 with the percentage of engaged employees hovering between 29 to 32% according to Gallup. Yet the solutions we often use in Talent Development to help leaders better engage their teams and help individuals raise their own self-awareness; are the same employee assessment tools that were created back in 1943. If engagement continues to remain static, perhaps it’s time to ask, “how’s that working for you and why do we continue to gravitate back to the same old solutions?”

    Join us for an interactive presentation that explores a revolutionary approach to the world of psychometric tools designed to disrupt this pattern of categorization and transform the way organizations view employee engagement and the diversity of their people, including thought, communication and work styles.

    During the session, we will:

    • Experience the power of using assessment tools which pave the way to a more inclusive culture which recognizes and embraces the unique talents of its people.
    • Understand how traditional psychometric assessments can create limiting results that disengage workers.
    • Learn new ways of disrupting old patterns which allow organizations to create a culture where individuals thrive.
    • Discover your own uniqueness with hints and tips on how to build rapport and increase connection to others.
    • As part of the session, all attendees will have access to a mobile App designed to speed read and create their own personality Splash as well as be offered the opportunity to experience Lumina Learning’s next-gen assessment tool at no cost ($250 value).

    Download the app prior to the meeting, we will be using it in an exercise!

    About Rebecca:

    Rebecca Bales is an expert in Organizational Development and a Change Management specialist. She
    has worked in this field since 1993 and has a background in Psychology and Human Dynamics with her graduate work in Organizational Development. She is an ACC certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and is a CSP (Certified Professional Speaker) through the National Speakers
    Association. Rebecca is currently the Global Partner, USA for Lumina Learning, a worldwide talent development organization headquartered in London. She is a published author of Step Up to the Plate, The Power of Passion and Determination which focuses on personal change and transformation and the co-author with Drs. Ken Blanchard and Deepak Chopra in Roadmap to Success. Rebecca lives and has offices in Dallas, Texas where she oversees clients and practitioners across the US. She has recently
    opened an office in Connecticut which serves the northeast and in the Tampa Bay area of Florida serving the southeast.

    Connect with Rebecca

    Meeting Agenda:

    Registration opens at 5:30 pm

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Chapter announcements

    6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Program (1 hour)

    7:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Q&A and prizes

    All online reservations are due the Monday before the meeting by 5pm. ANY Attendees (member or non-member) not registered online will be considered Walk-In registrations and will be charged the Guest rate of $35.00.

    • 13 Nov 2017
    • 16 Nov 2017
    • The Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas - 221 E Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

    At Corporate Learning Week (November 13-16; Dallas) we pride ourselves on the quality of our program, created by L&D leaders, for L&D leaders, with one mission in mind: offering you the strategies you need for increased effectiveness within the business, a more productive workforce and accelerated organizational growth.

    ATD Fort Worth Members and followers receive 20% Discount: enter in code CLW17_ATDFW at

    Date: November 13-16, 2017

    Location: The Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas

    See the line up of speakers:

    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Diamond Oaks - 5821 Diamond Oaks Dr N, Fort Worth, TX 76117

    How Adults Learn Best with Wendi Walker-Schmidt

    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Speaker: Wendi Walker- Schmidt, Director Engagement Solutions-Learning

    Program Summary:

    Title: How Adults Learn Best


    · If you’re not growing, you’re going

    · Repetition strengthens and confirms

    · Engage me!

    · Organizational Responsibilities

    About Wendi:

    Wendi Walker-Schmidt serves as Director of Engagement Solutions-Learning for Inspirus in Ft. Worth, TX. For over twenty years she has been responsible for all stages of the learning and development cycle including design, delivery, and evaluation. As a key leader, she develops strategic learning and development programs, while and managing day-to- day training activities for client organizations Wendi conceptualizes creative learning and execution solutions and leads projects through to successful completion. In previous roles she has led successful learning and organizational development programs that include leadership development, engagement performance interventions, psychometric evaluations, professional enrichment, and executive and management coaching. Wendi has two Bachelors degrees from Houston Baptist University, a Masters degree from Texas Christian University and holds certifications in instructional system design, mediation and as a certified facilitator. She holds a position as a CLO Learning Elite judge and is on the Talent Management Human Capital Executive Research Board. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs.

    Connect with Wendi & Inspirus:

    Meeting Agenda:

    Registration opens at 5:30 pm

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Chapter announcements

    6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Program (1 hour)

    7:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Q&A and prizes, Meeting Concludes

    All online reservations are due the Monday before the meeting by 5pm. ANY Attendees (member or non-member) not registered online will be considered Walk-In registrations and will be charged the Guest rate of $35.00.

Past events

05 Oct 2017 Mix & Mingle - Association Night
07 Sep 2017 September 2017 - Oh Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven Training
03 Aug 2017 August 2017 - The Container Store with Rachel Kennedy
27 Jul 2017 July 27, 2017 - Chapter Birthday Celebration & Food Drive
06 Jul 2017 July 2017 - Jump Shift the Impact of HR/TD on Business Performance
07 Jun 2017 June 2017 - State National Companies at Harley Davidson Onsite
04 May 2017 May 2017 Workshop - Leadership Lessons with TED Talks
01 Apr 2017 April Community Service Month
02 Mar 2017 March 2017 Workshop - Lean Operations
09 Feb 2017 February 2017 - Leveraging LinkedIn Luncheon
02 Feb 2017 February 2017 Workshop - Tools of the Trade
05 Jan 2017 Mix & Mingle - January 2017
07 Dec 2016 Board Meeting - December 2016
07 Dec 2016 December ATD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
01 Dec 2016 December Chapter Meeting - The Eight Best Ice Breaker Activities for Any Work Event
17 Nov 2016 Board Meeting - November 2016
03 Nov 2016 November Chapter Meeting - Training and Development Leadership Panel
24 Oct 2016 October ATD Certificate Program - E-Learning Instructional Design
06 Oct 2016 October Monthly Meeting - Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance Your Training Programs
01 Sep 2016 September Monthly Meeting - Presentations That Work!
26 Aug 2016 Sententia Level 1 Gamification Certification (6 contact hours)
04 Aug 2016 August Monthly Meeting - Gamification BUZZ… How to Use Game Mechanics to Motivate Your Learners
28 Jul 2016 July Board Meeting - July 28, 2016
07 Jul 2016 July Monthly Meeting -Create a Culture of High Engagement
02 Jun 2016 June Monthly Meeting - Five Tips to Improve Your E-Learning Design Today
02 Jun 2016 MEMBERS ONLY - Free Webinar - An LMS is not an eLearning Strategy
07 Apr 2016 April Monthly Meeting -Change is good! You go first.
31 Mar 2016 Board Meeting - March 31, 2016
21 Mar 2016 ATD Certificate Program - Designing Learning Certificate
03 Mar 2016 March Monthly Meeting - Influencer: A Proven Model to Drive Rapid and Sustainable Change
25 Feb 2016 Board Meeting - February 25
11 Feb 2016 Luncheon Meeting, Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Maximizing Your Productive Training Outcomes
23 Jan 2016 Board Member Planning Retreat-2016
07 Jan 2016 Monthly Meeting -January-Help us make 2016 the greatest year!
10 Dec 2015 Board Members - 2015 Year End Celebration
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Celebration
12 Nov 2015 Monthly Meeting - Copyright Law in the Digital Age: When Can I Use That?
05 Nov 2015 Board Meeting - October/November
15 Oct 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate
05 Oct 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
01 Oct 2015 Monthly Meeting for October
28 Sep 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Designing Learning Certificate
24 Sep 2015 Board Meeting - September
03 Sep 2015 Monthly Meeting - Transformational Learning and Leadership – the Link!
27 Aug 2015 Board Meeting - August
06 Aug 2015 Cory Rieken from Development Dimensions International (DDI)
30 Jul 2015 Board Meeting - July
16 Jul 2015 Summer Mixer Save the date
17 Jun 2015 Webinar: Articulate Storyline―Working with Layers, Triggers, and States
04 Jun 2015 Monthly Meeting - Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Infographics
29 May 2015 Luncheon Meeting - Talent Development at BNSF
28 May 2015 Board Meeting - May
13 May 2015 Webinar: KAPOW!—Designing Comic-themed eLearning Courses
07 May 2015 Monthly Meeting - Employee Engagement in a Nutshell
23 Apr 2015 Sententia Level 1 Gamification Certification for Talent Development Professionals
16 Apr 2015 Luncheon Meeting - Visual Storytelling
02 Apr 2015 Monthly Meeting - Game the System™ - The Basics of How and Why to Gamify Your Training Programs
26 Mar 2015 Board Meeting March
05 Mar 2015 Monthly Meeting - Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Infographics
26 Feb 2015 Board Meeting February
20 Feb 2015 ATD Regional Leadership Summit
05 Feb 2015 Monthly Meeting - Social Learning Superpowers
24 Jan 2015 2015 ATD Board Planning Session
08 Jan 2015 Monthly Meeting - The Good Cop / Bad Cop Vendor Management Strategy
18 Dec 2014 Board Members - 2014 Year End Celebration
04 Dec 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2014 Year End Celebration
06 Nov 2014 Monthly Meeting - Brilliance: Understanding the Creative Mind
30 Oct 2014 Board Meeting October
23 Oct 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - eLearning Instructional Design Certificate
15 Oct 2014 Visual Storytelling: Engaging Your Learners with Pictures
07 Oct 2014 A 2-Day Workshop with Tom Kuhlmann: Powerpoint for E-Learning & Building Interactive E-Learning with Storyline
02 Oct 2014 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting & Upping Your Game in PowerPoint
25 Sep 2014 Board Meeting September
04 Sep 2014 Monthly Meeting - "On LinkedIn...Now What?"
28 Aug 2014 Board Meeting August
19 Aug 2014 2014 Southwest Learning Summit
07 Aug 2014 Monthly Meeting - Trainers' Drink and Draw
10 Jul 2014 Monthly Meeting - ASTD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration
09 Jul 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
26 Jun 2014 Board Meeting June
05 Jun 2014 Monthly Meeting - Enhancing Learning at UT Southwestern Medical Center - Academy for Career Enrichment (ACE)
01 May 2014 Monthly Meeting - Our Field: Defining Boundaries and Making Connections
24 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
03 Apr 2014 Monthly Meeting - Why sales people fail ...
27 Mar 2014 Board Meeting
06 Mar 2014 Monthly Meeting - Brian Sullivan - What is UX? and how can you apply it to Training.
05 Mar 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - Design Learning Certificate
27 Feb 2014 Board Meeting February
06 Feb 2014 2014 Trends in Executive Development - Bonnie Hagemann
05 Dec 2013 Monthly Meeting - Gregory J. Enos Presents "Solutions for Coping with Information Overload and Multitasking""
12 Nov 2013 LearnNow!
07 Nov 2013 Monthly Meeting - Bill Brandon presents "How to Survive and Thrive in the Expanding Learning Ecosystem"
06 Nov 2013 ASTD Certificate Program - Integrated Talent Management Certificate
03 Oct 2013 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
05 Sep 2013 Monthly Meeting - Kelly Leiker, MBA presents “Top 10 Tips for Remarkable Virtual Learning at your Organization”
20 Aug 2013 2013 Southwest Learning Summit
01 Aug 2013 Monthly Meeting - Keith Meyerson and Chris Bond Presents: Lessons from the Battlefield - A Survival Story of LMS Selection
11 Jul 2013 Monthly Meeting - 39 Year Chapter Anniversary: Networking Night
06 Jun 2013 Monthly Meeting - Ilayne Geller, Ph.D. Presents: "Influencer: A Proven Model to Drive Rapid and Sustainable Change"
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - CPLP® Study Prep Workshop
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Consulting Skills for Trainers Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Coaching Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Career Planning & Talent Management Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Blended Learning Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Advanced Designing Learning Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Action Learning Certificate
16 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Analyzing Human Performance Certificate
02 May 2013 Monthly Meeting - Silos! Glorious and Beloved Silos!
24 Apr 2013 Story-Based Technical & Compliance eLearning Design Workshop
04 Apr 2013 Monthly Meeting - Richard H. Sites, Ed. D. and Angel Green, M.S. presents "Leaving ADDIE for SAM"
07 Mar 2013 Monthly Meeting - The New ASTD Competency Model™
07 Mar 2013 New Member Orientation
07 Feb 2013 Monthly Meeting - Sarah Wakefield
03 Jan 2013 Monthly Meeting - John Shearer
06 Dec 2012 Monthly Meeting - A.J. Wood presents "Making Effective Use of Screencasting Tools"
14 Nov 2012 CPLP Study Prep Workshop
13 Nov 2012 Webinar: Become an Amazon Author
01 Nov 2012 Monthly Meeting - John H. Cox, Self-direction and the Workplace: Building a Self-Directed Learning “Engine”.
30 Oct 2012 The Talent Leadership Forum
23 Oct 2012 Career Planning and Talent Management Certificate Program
23 Oct 2012 Blended Learning Certificate Program
04 Oct 2012 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
06 Sep 2012 Monthly Meeting -Susan Hanold, Ph.D., What's In and Out with Needs Analysis
02 Aug 2012 Monthly Meeting - Allen Krom Presents Distance Learning – Is a Webinar Appropriate?
05 Jul 2012 Monthly Meeting - World Cafe for Workplace Learning Professionals
29 Jun 2012 Webinar
10 Jun 2012 Facilitating for Excellence Certificate
07 Jun 2012 Monthly Meeting - Colleen A. Rickenbacher, Business Etiquette for Trainers
03 May 2012 Monthly Meeting - Barbara J. Ashbaugh, Employee Engagement: Pay Now or Pay Later
05 Apr 2012 Monthly Meeting - Dr. Jeff Allen, University of North Texas presents Learning and Performance Innovation: Implications for the Workplace
01 Mar 2012 Monthly Meeting - Jeff Kribs of Infinitude Creative Group presents "Learning in High Definition"
02 Feb 2012 Monthly Meeting - Tom Niesen of Acuity Systems, Inc. - How to Get Sales Training to Stick
12 Jan 2012 Lumina Spark Certification Workshop
09 Jan 2012 Increase Revenue Through Employee Training
05 Jan 2012 Monthly Meeting Skipper Kendrick - This Ain’t Your Normal (Safety/Regulatory) Training
01 Dec 2011 Monthly Meeting - Rich Pendergast - Counter-Intuitive Leadership for Driving Innovation
03 Nov 2011 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
25 Oct 2011 E-Learning Symposium
07 Oct 2011 Workshop: Navigating Integrity Workshop
06 Oct 2011 Monthly Meeting - Al Watts - Navigating Integrity – Transforming Business As Usual Into Business At Its Best
28 Sep 2011 Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Certification Program - 2 Day
28 Sep 2011 Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Certificate Program - 1 Day
01 Sep 2011 Monthly Meeting - Nancy Barry - Closing the Generation Gap
09 Aug 2011 Southwest Learning Summit and Exposition
04 Aug 2011 Monthly Meeting - Michael Hoffman - Build Enthusiasm, Communitiy and retention with your training programs
21 Jul 2011 Professional Development Series : Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication
07 Jul 2011 Monthly Meeting - Ellen Lee Improve with Improv!
02 Jun 2011 Monthly Meeting - Buzz Murphy
05 May 2011 Monthly Meeting - Rebecca Bales
28 Apr 2011 Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate
07 Apr 2011 Monthly Meeting - Michelle Prince
24 Mar 2011 E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program
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