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President's Message


It's that time of the year where fall is coming with a slight breeze of coolness in the air.  As the trees and colors change to reflect the new season, we are inspired to see the beauty that is all around us.  What an exciting time to be a part of the Greater Chattanooga American Society for Training & Development!  Changes are about and coming really soon.  Are we ready?  Are you as pumped as I am about change?  These are just a couple of questions that come to mind at this very moment.  

As you know, ASTD National is changing this very minute to becoming an Association for Talent Development.  We too are looking to change to follow suit with ASTD National. The world has CHANGED dramatically over many decades and so too has the world of business.  The economy is globally interconnected.  Technology eliminates boundaries of time and space.   We CONNECT and COLLABORATE more efficiently and effectively and with more people than in the past. Today, our members are reaching a broader profession and your work encompasses more than training alone.  As a result, you are taking the talents and capabilities of others and developing them to their full potential.  How exciting is that?!  You are developing talent!  I don't know about you, but I find this to be exhilarating.  I love helping others by sharing our ideas and practices.  I call it paying it forward.  

With that said, how do we - as your professional association - reflect CHANGE and still contribute to IMPACT the workforce?  Our organization is EVOLVING to reflect the work you do.  We are inviting those who share the same PASSION for developing others to join us.  I challenge each of you to invite others to our monthly programs, get involved in our chapter and tell us what you want.  Help us to help you! Let us know what we can do,  contact anyone on the board and share your passion, your concerns, your rewards, and your INPUT.  We will be conducting a vote on the name change to Chattanooga Area Association for Talent Development and need for you to let us know if you feel that this is a great move for our organization.  Be looking for the voting ballot to come your way.

I hope you are as excited about the changes that are coming down the pike!

Karla Byrd

President, Greater Chattanooga ASTD Chapter


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