Upcoming events

    • January 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus: 2815 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523, Prairie Ballroom
    • 9

    Four Corners Learning: Navigating Communication Nuances in the Contemporary World 

    • What are today’s sensibilities in global learning?
    • Which competencies determine success, and how is success defined across cultures?
    • What is it about learning that promotes social empowerment and soft skills improvement?
    • How do we maximize efficiencies in learning styles from culture to culture?

    With today’s visual world plus access to seeing our learners and customers on a variety of platforms, an innocent “OK” symbol or particular posture may be interpreted differently given our audience. Understanding that variances exist is significant for organizational growth. When we unearth stereotypes and get to their roots is the moment we define learning and development strategies.


    What Participants Will Learn:

    • How to navigate today’s global learning arena with ease and confidence 
    • How to identify nuances within intercultural priorities
    • How to communicate the significance of understanding on the job front
    • How to distinguish and maximize outputs from a variety of learning styles
    Key Takeaways:
    • Job aid with on the job and shareable communication best practices 
    • Job aid for comprehending learning styles in a global environment
    • A hard copy practicum with FAQ’s for sensitive, yet often asked questions

    Who Should Attend?

    • Consultants, Solution Providers and Vendors seeking deeper client connections in unique marketplaces and sometimes untread turf. 
    • L&D and HR professionals on a quest for a hands-on understanding of a global employee base, lessening cultural communication gaps and painting a vivid picture of international success.


    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Registration, Networking, Cash Bar
    • 7:00 PM - 7:40 PM: Dinner 
    • 7:40 PM - 8:30 PM: Program
    • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: More Networking


    Anthony Dudek, MS, CPLP, ATDChi's 2018 President, is an experienced corporate trainer, workshop facilitator, published textbook author, conference speaker, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Chicago area colleges and universities. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Learning and Development and Master's Degree in Organizational Development. 

    Stephanie Leese Emrich has been a thought leader for Ultimate Service for three decades. She is a founder of the National Customer Service Association (NCSA) and the President of ServiceSpeaks Solutions Company. ServiceSpeaks Solutions is a global strategic firm providing culture-shifting Customer Experience excellence training. Stephanie Leese Emrich's vision, experience, and instructional models drive organizational success.
    Grounded in 30+ years of hospitality, cultural arts and tourism, ServiceSpeaks' custom-fit sessions elevate clients from a transactional to experiential culture. From keynote speaking to workshop presentations to retained consultancy, SSS delivers audience-centric messaging to a range of industries.


      On or before
    Jan 4th
    After Jan 4th and

    ATDChi Member:
    Nonmember: $68 $78
    Student: $20 $25


    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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.

    • January 26, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor, Chicago IL

    You already know you need to create and sustain a professional network because it can help you better know who you are, where you are going and how you are going to get there. Obviously knowing about networking and doing something about networking are not the same thing. Doing something about your networking will probably require you to do some new and different things. That is what we expect our clients to do, so let’s do it for ourselves.

    Here are a few questions to consider:

    • What happens when you hear the word networking?
    • What thoughts come up in your mind when you think about your own network?
    • How excited and motivated are you about “waking up” your network?
    • How can a network help you accomplish your goals?

    Join us when Geri Richmond will share an approach, called the Network Audit, for turning your network into a source of energy and value. Prior to the event, we ask two things of you (though you can still come if you don’t do either of the assignments):

    • Contact the Planning Committee (see below) and request the following items
    • Complete your Network Audit  and bring it with you.
    • Read Herminia Ibarra's article “How to Revive a Tired Network

    Consider this event as a gift that can keep on giving to you in 2018. Our time together will be interactive and reciprocal, to help you leverage your talent and relationship building skills with your OD colleagues. After the program, you will be able to use the Network Audit with your clients, colleagues and networks.


    Geri Richmond is a Director in Leadership Development for Evening/Weekend/Executive MBA Program Students at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is an experienced and talented OD professional that has worked with Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Food Science, Printing, Medical Products, non-profits and USDA. She also works as an independent consultant and coach.

    Geri frequently conducts workshops on developing action and insight leadership skills. She holds an MSOD from American University and has completed a post graduate certificate in Family Systems at Northwestern University.

    Program Planning Committee 

    Karen Pinkney 708.216.8732
    Steve Garrett Steve.Garrett@GarrettConsulting.US 773.973.6450
    Geri Richmond 847.630.1290
    Michael Kern 312.590.1208

    Program Format

    Mix of presentation, large group & small group discussion. Informal atmosphere; please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks (note: there is a convenient Au Bon Pain connected to the building, as well as a coffee service on the 7th floor near our meeting room).

    Time: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Optional 9:00-10:00 open networking and discussions re: business challenges faced by attendees.

    RSVP PROCESS for building access.  

    If you plan to attend the meeting, please email by noon on Tuesday, January 23 with your name as it appears on your photo ID. On the morning of the meeting, security staff in the main lobby will ask to see a photo ID, confirm your registration and provide you with a visitor’s pass. If your name is not on the list you will not be able to join the meeting.

    • February 15, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Philip Corboy Law Center: 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611
    • 48

    Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process is one of the best things learning leaders can do. SMEs bring a depth of experience, enterprise-wide perspectives, and credibility to the learning process. But asking SMEs to perform this dual role also brings risk. While they want to do well in the classroom, it is an environment outside their expertise. In this session, we’ll explore the unique needs of SMEs and examine ways to design learning to help them be successful. We’ll also introduce a new language and explore nonthreatening coaching techniques to help them deliver the content effectively.

     Key Takeaways:

    • Position training with SMEs as a conversation that is to be facilitated rather than a speech that is to be perfected, and design learning with SMEs in mind to allow for that conversation to take place
    • Use a framing strategy to help SMEs plan for and manage the learning conversation
    • Coach SMEs to facilitate the learning conversation
     Who Should Attend:
    • This session is for anyone who designs for, or coaches SMEs, to be more effective in the training room.
    • Learning leaders will also benefit by understanding how to ensure that SME-led training is effective and that SMEs are more TD savvy.


    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Registration, Dinner, Networking
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Program
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: More Networking
    ATDChi's traditional "Breakout Session", an informal after-hour networking opportunity at Devon Seafood Grill at 39 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


    Dale Ludwig, President & Founder of Turpin Communication, has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992. Since then he has worked to keep Turpin focused on providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. The Turpin name is a reference to a fictional character in one of Dale’s favorite short stories. It was chosen not because the fictional Turpin had anything to do with presenting or training, but rather because the name sounds nice next to “Communication” and isn’t too hard to spell.

    Dale is a frequent blogger and co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. Learn about the book at He’s excited about his latest book, also co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger, which is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.

    Greg Owen-Boger, Vice President of Turpin Communication, has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. 

    Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger and co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, will be out in Fall 2017.


      On or before
    Feb 1st
    After Feb 1st and

    ATDChi Member:
    Nonmember: $58 $68
    Student: $20 $25


    Parking information will be sent in the registration confirmation email. 

    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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.

    • March 15, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Benedictine University: 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532. Sorensen Hall
    • 96

    Members-Only Networking & Clinic.
    Membership-Drive Campaign.

    An Instructional Designer’s Toolkit.

    Are you stuck in a rut? New to your role? Not formally trained in instructional design and yet here you are? Just looking to tune up your instructional design skills? This toolkit is for you!

    Join us for an evening of useful techniques and practical tools you can use on the job tomorrow to get better results whether you’re designing for the classroom, the virtual classroom, eLearning or an on-the-job learning experience. We call it the toolkit: handy instructional design techniques you can fall back on no matter what the situation.

    What Participants will Learn:

    • How to align training with strategic business goals
    • How to define a primary learner persona
    • How to design for 9 moments of learning need
    • How to measure outcomes at 8 levels of evaluation
    • How to incorporate feedback into the development process with iterations

     Key Takeaways:

    • Template for alignment with business goals
    • Learner Persona poster
    • 9 Moments of Learning Need poster
    • 8 Levels of Evaluation poster
    • Planning for Iterations poster (digital copies)
    Who Should Attend:
    • L&D or HR professionals responsible for designing or developing training solutions
    • Consultants and Vendors who wish to improve their techniques for developing training solutions


    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Registration, Dinner, Networking
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Program
    • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: More Networking


    Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. She has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting with organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, Dow Chemical, Kohler and Kellogg’s. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and BrandonHall (2012, 2014, 2016) awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016/2017.

    Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a frequent speaker at ATD and other conferences nationwide.

    A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication and an MBA, Megan lives and works near Ann Arbor, Michigan. or on Twitter @mmtorrance.


      On or before
    March 1st
    After March 1st and

    ATDChi Member:
    $10 $15
     Non-Member:  $30 + $99 $45 + $99 

    You can join us at the member-only event by becoming an ATDChi Member


    Free parking!
    On-Campus Map and Directions:


    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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.

    • April 19, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • AbbVie: 26525 Riverwoods BLVD., Mettawa, IL 60045
    • 24

    Authoring Tool Test Drive: Captivate vs. Storyline


    Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? Which is the tool for you? Both tools have great features and raving fans. Both tools also have “quirks” and critics. So how do you decide? By trying it out for yourself!  In this one-day hands-on overview, you’ll get a chance to try out both tools and decide for yourself which is a better fit. 

    Will you walk away an expert in either tool? Not at all.  But you’ll have a valuable first-hand perspective about what it’s really like to work in the tools. You’ll be able to make better decisions about your tool choice, rather than just relying on marketing data or an article here and there.

    Please plan to come with a laptop with both software applications installed (trial version OK) in order to get the most of this experience. Previous experience with either tool or eLearning not required.


    • Instructional designers
    • Elearning instructional designers
    • Elearning multimedia developers
    • APTDs and CPLPs seeking continuing education (this program is alignment with the Learning Technologies Area of Expertise)

    • Freelancers and consultants

    • Career changers

    • Training managers


    We will create the same content in both tools. Creating the same content in both tools will give you the  hands-on perspective in order to determine the pros and cons for each tool. Specifically:

    • Simplicity (how easy or hard to use)
    • Speed (how quickly or not can this task be created)
    • Key features (what’s unique about each tool that allows you to complete the task)


    • 7:30 AM: Registration, Continental breakfast, Networking
    • 8:30 AM: Program Begins
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch (lunch boxes)
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Program 


     Diane Elkins is the co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered and Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate. 

    She has built a reputation as a national e-learning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions.  

    She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.


    On or before
    April 1st
    After April 1st

    ATDChi Member:
     Non-Member $315  $395 
    $75 $115


    Free parking! 

    Please go to the front desk in the main building (see the photo below) to get your visitor pass before proceeding to the room. The signs to the workshop room will be on site for you to follow. 

    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to 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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