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A Seat at the Table


Storytelling. If we ask 10 Talent Development or HR professionals what “storytelling” is, what kind of responses do we anticipate? Do we describe it in terms of elements and formats or in terms of sharing or engaging through emotion? Is it about the presentation or the message? Is it about the facts or the people? Is it a little bit of all of these?

When I think about good storytelling, I think about what I learn about the people (or characters). The nuances of who they are, what helps them thrive, and their aspirations are of most interest to me. I believe this is why I find my time serving on our ATD Chattanooga board so captivating. I am surrounded by fascinating Chapter members with their own unique perspectives and talents. I have so many opportunities to learn a new “story” every single time I meet a new member!

I look forward to these moments when I get to sit with our members, either virtually or physically, and learn their story and how we may best serve you. From discussing your thoughts about future or past programs, to gaining an understanding on how each of you wants to get involved in our Chapter, it’s always a pleasure.

The story of our Chapter’s success and impact in our community cannot be told without our members and definitely not without our volunteers. Because of that, I make an ongoing invitation to each of you to chat about all the opportunities ATD Chattanooga has to offer in your professional development and for those in your organization.  I would love to hear your story and share how ATD Chattanooga can support you this year and beyond.

Whether virtually or in person, there is always a seat available at the table for you!

Thank you,
Maddie Hollis

In a year like 2020, it was remarkable to see efforts to promote the
value and importance of workplace learning. 

We are proud to announce that ATD Chattanooga has received
acknowledgement from National TD of these efforts.




What do you enjoy doing? What interests you? 

The following are areas we may need assistance in, but not limited to: 

    • Greet guests at events
    • Greet new members with a phone call
    • Calling members and non-members to invite them to events
    • Helping to set up and tear down after events
    • Social media marketing
    • Graphic designers
    • Web-site help
    • Report the news for our chapter
    • Bookkeeping assistance
    • Help with a committee in all areas of the chapter

Want to volunteer, contact Karla Byrd , Director of Volunteers & Talent Development | atdchattanooga@atdchatt.org

Member Sale |  March 22–29 marks ATD’s Member Appreciation Sale, a weeklong, members-only savings event delivering exclusive deals to ATD members. During this week ATD is offering double the perks when you choose to double up on membership with your local chapter and ATD national. On top of the perks, this week is the last chance to lock in your current national membership rates and save an additional $30. There is no better time to become an ATD Power Member.

Access the ATD National Store to purchase books, white papers, industry reports, certification courses, InfoLine, training classes and merchandise: 

Go to the ATD Store

Chapter by Incentive Program (ChIP) Use this code CH4087 when you purchase any ATD programs, product or services.  Save on Power Membership by entering the CH4087 code at checkout when you join or renew with National ATD. 

Together, we are creating a world that works better.

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In partnership with SHRM Chattanooga, all programs have been submitted to SHRM-PDC AND HRCI recertification credit.



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