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Virtual Conference - Extraordinary: Cultivating Resilience, Innovation, Leadership, and Connection in a Time of Uncertainty

  • November 17, 2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • November 18, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Conference Platform
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  • Register using this option if you belong to a different Midwest ATD chapter other than ATDChi.
  • Register using this option if you belong to a different Midwest ATD chapter other than ATDChi.
  • Use this if you are a member of both ATDChi and ATD National. The special code will be emailed to you, but if you did not receive it, please contact admin@atdchi.org.
  • Use this if you are a member of both ATDChi and ATD National. The special code will be emailed to you, but if you did not receive it, please contact admin@atdchi.org.
  • Use this if you're an annual sponsor of ATDChi.
  • Register using this code if you're affiliated with The CARA Group.

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As we reflect on 2020, we can definitely say it has been extraordinary. We’ve seen our world turned upside down and we have had to face challenges with determination, strength, and flexibility in our workplaces and personal lives. Within these extraordinary times, we’ve seen remarkable resilience against odds, innovation in the way we do business, and gracious leadership.

It's the optimism in all of this that sets the backdrop and tone for this conference.

This event bring together stellar speakers that are leaders in their area of expertise. Throughout the conference, you'll have opportunities to learn more about:
  • Building personal resilience and staying centered
  • Building organizational resilience within a remote workforce
  • Emerging as a leader
  • Reimagining the approach to workplace learning
  • Enhancing collaboration using the power of mastermind groups
  • Navigating through change during these uncertain times

There will be plenty of opportunity to network and connect with other attendees via our virtual platform. We are also featuring two special Personal Trust Networking  (PTN) sessions with Matt Elwell - one on Monday, November 16th and another on Tuesday, November 17th. These sessions require a separate registration, have limited capacity and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Upon registering for this conference, you'll receive the links to register for one of the two PTN sessions. A description of the PTN session can be found here: https://atdchi.org/Personal-Trust-Networking/ 

Join your talent development colleagues to engage in learning and networking!


Monday, November 16

Time  Description
5:30pm - 7:00pm Personal Trust Networking requires separate registration

Tuesday, November 17

 Time  Description
 7:30am - 8:30am  Networking
 8:30am - 12:00pm  3 live sessions, including one keynote speaker
 6:30pm - 8:00pm  Personal Trust Networking requires separate registration

Wednesday, November 18

 Time  Description
 7:30am -8:30 am  Networking 
 8:30am - 12:00pm 3 live sessions, including one keynote speaker


In addition to the live sessions, you will have access to on-demand content related to our conference theme.

Sessions & Speakers

With your conference registration you will receive nine hours of content. This is comprised of six live facilitated sessions, including two keynote addresses, as well as at least four hours of on-demand content. In each session, you will get engaging and actionable content from thought leaders. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to network with others via the conference platform and/or by registering for one of our PTN sessions.

In addition, attendees will have access to the recorded conference sessions for 30 days to be able to watch any session they missed or wanted to engage with again. 

This year's keynote speakers include:

Keynote Topic: Times are Uncertain but your Steps to Resilience and Innovation Shouldn't Be

Dr. Esther Jackson 

Dr. Esther Jackson works as a consultant doing project management and instructional design work. She is also a National Advisor for Chapters with the Association for Talent Development (ATD). At the local level of ATD, she currently serves as Past President for the ATD Detroit Chapter.

Her background includes presenting webinars, facilitating workshops, and presenting at conferences such as the Training Magazine Conference & Expo and the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference along with writing articles for the TD Magazine. Topics for her presentations have included adaptability, change management, data analytics, emotional intelligence, engagement, leadership development, project management, and many more.

She holds a doctorate in education from Walden University and a master’s in instructional technology. Esther is working on her first book dealing with adaptability and it is due to be published in 2021.

Keynote Topic: How to Emerge as a Leader

Eddie Turner 

Leading organizations dedicated to the next generation of leadership and talent development, invest in the leadership development services of Eddie Turner. Eddie is an in-demand expert in the leadership development profession. He is a Certified Speaking Professional™ (CSP®), a certified trainer, and a master facilitator.

Eddie is author of the international best-selling book, 140 Simple Messages to Guide Emerging Leaders. He is a C-Suite advisor and national media commentator. Eddie has appeared on several media platforms, including most notably, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.

Eddie is an International Certified Coach, an affiliate with the Institute of Coaching, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) coach with the International Coach Federation, and an official ICF Mentor Coach. Of the more than 37,000 ICF members in 143 countries, Eddie Turner was recognized as an ICF Coach of the Week in 2020. Eddie is one of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches and is the host of the Keep Leading!® podcast, which earned Apple Podcasts coveted New & Noteworthy designation.

Eddie is an official ATD Facilitator. He is the Past President of ATD Houston—one of ATD’s largest chapters. Eddie is also one of 60 contributing subject matter experts to the newly released Talent Development Body of Knowledge—The Definitive Resource for the Talent Development Profession by the Association for Talent Development.

Click here for a full list of our esteemed conference presenters.

Click here for the complete event agenda with session descriptions.


  Early Bird
on or before Oct 31
Nov 1
Nov 13
Power Members (members of both ATDChi and ATD National) Requires special code $40 $50
ATDChi Members (Join Now)  $50 $60 
Midwest ATD Chapter Members Requires special code  $70 $80 
Special Guests Requires special code $50 $50
$90 $100
Board Members Requires special code  $30 $30


Please direct all questions to admin@atdchi.org.

ATD Certification Institute Pre-Approval

ATD Chicagoland Chapter programs are pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards recertification by Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holders.

This conference is pre-approved for nine total credits. Five credits will be awarded for attending all of the live sessions and you'll receive one additional credit for each on-demand session you watch (there are four on-demand sessions). The on-demand sessions must be listed out separately in your recertification application.

SHRM Professional Development Credits Pre‑Approval

ATDChi is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

This event could grant the attendee a total of 10 PDCs from SHRM. One PDC will be granted for each session you attend.

Event Sponsors


If you're interested in sponsoring this event please contact sponsorship@atdchi.org.

Cancellation Policy

All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to admin@atdchi.org prior to any event. Requests must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to the event to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided for cancellations received within three (3) business days or for event attendee no-shows.


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