ATD Detroit Chapter Events

ATD Detroit hosts monthly dinner meetings with speakers who are experts in the Training and Development community.  These meetings also provide an opportunity for members and guests to network with others in our profession. 

    • Tuesday, June 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Register at

    ATD Detroit June 2nd Webinar

    Four Best Practices to Improve

    Digital Learning Traffic and

    First-Time Manager Engagement

    June 2, 2020, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Registration is complementary of our partner SkillGym

    Click here to register on Skillgym's website

    Session Description:

    Still most companies struggle to get First-Time Managers online for training purposes and many initiatives that look brilliant at the beginning never take off for lack of active users' traffic.

    Why First-Time Managers systematically lose their grip on soft skills' online training courses? How can you improve on traffic and engagement?

    The answers to these and other relevant questions come from an extensive research done among more than 100 large corporations and from years of practical fine-tuning of winning strategies on online trainees' engagement.

    Session Objectives:

    In this online webinar, you will learn:

    • What First-Time Managers and trainers think about current online training engagement strategies and why they tend to fail

    • How a new disruptive methodology as digital role-play and an Authentic Scheduling can attract and maintain the user's attention

    • The strategies can help you to leverage First-Time Manager' habits to help you change their (soft skills) habits

    About the Presenters:

    Andrea Laus is Skillgym’s CEO. He has 20 years experience in the industry of digital learning. For the past 10 years he has designed and developed interactive simulations featuring video and AI to bring immersive, authentic digital experiences to leadership coaches worldwide.

    Matteo Malatesta heads business design at Lifelike. He supports the product design teams, bringing the voices of stakeholders to the discusión thanks to his international experience in the learning and development industry and his human-centered approach.

    Registration is complementary of our partner SkillGym

    Click here to register on Skillgym's website


    Registration and attendance at ATD Detroit meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to allow ATD Detroit to use and distribute the registrant or attendee's image, voice or name in photographs, video, electronic reproductions, and audio files or podcasts of such events and activities. 

    • Friday, June 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Webinar Platform
    • 69

    ATD Detroit June 5th Webinar

    5 Simple Rules to Become and Explanation Expert

    ***NEW DATE***

    Friday, June 5, 2020, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Session Description:

    In today’s fast-paced world, a short simple message is essential but at times difficult to achieve. In this webinar, you will learn how to make your message simplified and understood, which means greater performance for your tasks and projects, a greater impact on your business objectives, and ultimately, greater personal success.

    Session Objectives:

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • The Importance of Simple Explanation

    • 5 Simple Rules of Explanation

    • How to Apply These Rules Using mysimpleshow


    Dana Gibilaro, Customer Success Manager at simpleshow

    Dana Gibilaro is the Customer Success Manager for the US and UK markets for mysimpleshow. Mysimpleshow, created by the explanation experts at simpleshow, is the market leader, and only text to video communication tool on the market. Every day they help their clients explain, train and communicate complex topics through their intuitive, easy to use, do-it-yourself explainer engine.

    Dana, a graduate of the University of Miami, has worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients including, BMW, Dell, World Bank, P&G, Netflix and Johnson & Johnson. Dana has a background in medical sales and account management, with over 6 years of SaaS experience. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients and helping them explain their message in the most engaging and concise way. As the mysimpleshow tool expert, she can take any complex topic, and create an accessible, beautiful explanation within minutes.


    Registration and attendance at ATD Detroit meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to allow ATD Detroit to use and distribute the registrant or attendee's image, voice or name in photographs, video, electronic reproductions, and audio files or podcasts of such events and activities.

    • Thursday, June 11, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Virtual Platform
    • 98

    ATD Detroit June 11th Networking Event

     Virtual Happy Hour with

    Guest Speaker Dan Carmody of Eastern Market

    June 11, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

    Event Description:

    Grab your favorite beverage and join us for some virtual networking and an update from Dan Carmody, President of Eastern Market. In a 30 minute interactive talk, Dan will share how Eastern Market has pivoted during the COVID-19 Crisis. Come see your friends and learn how you can safely interact with Eastern Market this summer!

    Guest Speaker:

    Dan Carmody has been the President of Eastern Market since 2007. Dan grew up near Chicago but got interested in food production by spending summers working on a farm his dad owned in Western Iowa. In college he pursed a degree in Urban Planning and served as a city planner in Rock Island, IL early in his career. Between 1979 and 1989, Dan and his brother Gerry built and operated 6 bar-restaurants in western Illinois and eastern Iowa.

    Late in his bar days he took on a “day job” running Renaissance Rock Island, the economic development engine for Rock Island Il, a position he held for 18 years. Dan came to Detroit to head Eastern Market and has not looked back. Dan is dedicated to regenerating one of Detroit’s most venerated spaces, working tirelessly to re-purpose vacant urban land and resurrect regional food systems.

    Dan has also traveled extensively and taught all over the world, pursuing his passion for regenerating economies that have been left behind by globalization in developing countries. He believes that spreading wealth more broadly is the most important task of local economic development today.


    Registration and attendance at ATD Detroit meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to allow ATD Detroit to use and distribute the registrant or attendee's image, voice or name in photographs, video, electronic reproductions, and audio files or podcasts of such events and activities.

    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (Zoom)

    May Meet-up

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020

    Location:  Zoom Online Virtual Platform (link will be provided after registration)

    Time: Noon - 1:00pm

    Cost: Free! 

    Come hang out online with other local ISDs!

    Grab your lunch, log on to Zoom, and come network and chat with other Instructional Designers from all around Metro Detroit. Each month we'll be discussing different struggles, industry changes, and new ideas that we face in the instructional design world. 

    Anticipated May topics:

    • Finding creativity while working from home
    • What does Instructional Design actually look like?
    • What new tools are you using?

    Note: Members are allowed and encouraged to bring guests to this Meet-up.

    The Instructional Design Special Interest Group (SIG) is dedicated to helping members enhance their instructional design skills, explore tools and techniques for designing material, and discover trends in the design world. It has been crafted for anyone in the design world, whether you're just getting started or you're a pro when it comes to designing material!


    What's a SIG?

    Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are small groups of members who share an affinity for a particular aspect of Talent Development. Whether it's a specific approach, a certain skill, or a common role in the industry, a SIG helps bring chapter members together to share in an interest.  

    Anyone can start a SIG - all it takes is a shared interest and a meeting place! To learn more, contact Shonna Amos, Development,

Past events

Friday, May 29, 2020 Storytelling SIG - May Virtual Meet-up
Thursday, May 28, 2020 Instructional Design SIG - May Virtual Meet-up
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Facilitation SIG - May Virtual Meet-up
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Virtual Lunch with ATD
Monday, May 11, 2020 On the Road to Continuous Improvement: Design Thinking General Motors Case Study Webinar
Thursday, April 30, 2020 Articulate Rise: The Swiss Army Knife of Learning
Monday, April 27, 2020 Facilitation SIG - April Meet-up
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Interact and Engage! Activities for Engaging Virtual Training Webinar
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 When Online is the Only Way Webinar
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Lunch With Learning Professionals
Monday, March 30, 2020 Facilitation SIG - March Meet-up
Friday, February 28, 2020 Storytelling SIG - February Meet-up
Monday, February 24, 2020 Facilitation SIG - February Meet-up
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 The Power of Training on Leadership Conversations
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 February Meeting: "Transforming What SMEs Know Into What Learners Need"
Monday, January 27, 2020 Facilitation SIG - January Meet-up
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 "2020 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share"
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Storytelling SIG - December Meet-up
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 December Holiday Networking Event 2019
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Going Solo? Realities and Rewards of Consulting
Monday, November 25, 2019 Facilitation SIG - November Meet-up
Friday, November 22, 2019 Creating Branching Scenarios Webinar
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Storytelling SIG - November Meet-up
Thursday, November 07, 2019 The Parade Company Networking Event
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 What If Everything You Know About Personality Style Training Is Wrong? Webinar presented by Take Flight Learning
Friday, October 25, 2019 Storytelling SIG - October Meet-up
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Empower U Conference
Friday, September 27, 2019 Storytelling SIG - September Meet-up
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Authoring Tools Showdown: Captivate vs. Storyline presented by Artisan E-Learning
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The Art of the Possible by Raytheon Professional Services
Sunday, September 01, 2019 Tigers Game ~Free for Members~
Monday, August 26, 2019 Facilitation SIG - August Meet-up
Friday, August 23, 2019 Coffee & Microbites August Event
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Quick Start to Accessible Video by 3PlayMedia
Friday, August 16, 2019 Join the ATD Detroit Board! Info Session #2
Friday, August 16, 2019 Storytelling SIG - August Meet-up
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Join the ATD Detroit Board! Info Session
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Top 10 Microsoft Office Tips by New Horizons
Friday, July 26, 2019 Storytelling SIG - July Meet-up
Friday, June 28, 2019 Storytelling SIG - June Meet-up
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Building Your Leadership Pipeline by New Horizons
Friday, June 21, 2019 Coffee & Microbites June Event
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Friday, May 31, 2019 Talent and Development Professionals Book Club
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Facilitation SIG - May Meet-up
Friday, May 24, 2019 Storytelling SIG - May Meet-up
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Ready for Anything Webinar by The Frontier Project
Friday, April 26, 2019 Storytelling SIG - April Meet-up
Monday, April 22, 2019 Facilitation SIG - April Meet-up
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Influence Greatness presented by O.C. Tanner
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital: "HR Strategy with L&D Implications"
Friday, March 29, 2019 Storytelling SIG - March Meet-up
Friday, March 22, 2019 Coffee & Microbites Event
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Design Thinking: Moving From Theory to Application to Business Results
Friday, February 22, 2019 Storytelling SIG - February Meet-up
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Utilizing a Next-Gen Learning Ecosystem in the Workplace
Friday, January 25, 2019 Storytelling SIG - January Meet-up
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 D2L Webinar: "Putting Learners in the Driver’s Seat"
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 "2019 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share"
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 December Holiday Networking Event
Friday, November 16, 2018 Leading Through Generational Diversity
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Webinar: Memory and Learning: Designing for Memory
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Stop wondering what to do next! Change Management DIY
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Facilitation Special Interest Group (SIG)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 "When the Robots Come to Take our Jobs: Preparing the Workforce with the Critical Skills of the Future"
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Emotional Intelligence: Calming the Emotional Storm to Achieve the Results You Desire
Friday, April 06, 2018 CPLP/APTD Informational Webinar
Monday, March 19, 2018 "Introduction to Human Centered Design"
Thursday, February 22, 2018 "Let's Get Graphical: How to create powerful visuals with zero artistic skills"
Thursday, January 11, 2018 "2018 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share"
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 December Holiday Networking Event
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Overview of FranklinCovey's "4 Disciplines of Execution"
Thursday, October 26, 2017 "Disney Institute: Disney's Approach to Business Excellence"
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 "Winning in the Workforce Revolution"
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 "Using Clues to Get from Objectives to Interactions and Tools"
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Friday, May 12, 2017 Gamification Certification*
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 "Bank On Your Network"
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 "Game the System™"- The Basics of How and Why You Should Gamifiy Your Training Programs- FREE
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 "The Leader's Protocol®"
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 "Improving Engagement and Retention with More Effective Visuals"
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2017 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Valentine's in December: "Crafting" A Holiday Member Appreciation Soiree to Remember- FREE for Members
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Leadership Development in a Mobile App
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Cutting the Complexity of Mobile Learning Solutions
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Leading in the Digital Age
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Training Certificate Program
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Friday, May 20, 2016 Webinar: ATD-ICE Innovation Session Preview
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 "Integrating Learning Theory into Training Design and Delivery"
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Enhance Your Training and Facilitation Skills: How to Inspire and Empower People to Learn
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Organize or Agonize: It’s Your Choice - How Will You Invest Time?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 WORKSHOP: Capture Elusive Level 3 Data: The Secrets of Survey Design
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Take Your Level 2s Up a Notch: Start Measuring Application, Not Just Recall
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 2016 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Special Event! "Driving Innovation Through Talent Development"
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Making the Most of mLearning Tools, Templates, Models, and Patterns
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Performance Improvement - Successful Comprehensive Practice
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Setting a Sound Foundation for Decision Making
Thursday, July 23, 2015 E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Summer Networking Event
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 3rd Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 High Impact Learning...By Design
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Breaking the Ice in Your Classroom: Methods to Keep Your Learners Engaged, Energized, and Ready to Grow!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Designing for Experiential Learning
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Maximizing New Talent Development Through Effective Onboarding: 7 Steps to Enhance Performance *Productivity* Profit
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 2015 Kickoff Celebration & Knowledge Share
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The Power of Learning by Observing: Using GoAnimate to Develop Online Instructional Vignettes
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Speed Networking
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Design Team Collaboration With a Complex Design Problem
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Train the Trainer Certificate Program
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2nd Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Best Practices in Designing, Developing and Managing Mobile Learning Solutions
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Where in the World are Your Trainees? Tools for Training in a Global Business Environment
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Mentoring: Big Impact Without a Big Budget
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Boost Training Effectiveness: Top 10 Powerful Body Language Secrets
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Mission Impossible: Teaching Old Dawgs New Tricks
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Holiday Event: Member Appreciation & Networking
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Use Social Media to Boost Your Training Effectiveness
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Business Acumen Simulation for Training and Performance Improvement Professionals
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Consistent Performance: Using an Impact Map to Train the Right Things
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Leading New Economy Business Models for Learning and Development
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 The Art of Networking
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1st Annual Top Trainer Throwdown
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Training through Mobility: How Instructors Can Engage Audiences in a Mobile World
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Auto Club Group's Best Practices: Three Methods of Transformation
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Journey is NOT Just an 80s Rock Band!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Leaving ADDIE for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Engaging Learners in the “Orderly Conversation” – Tried & True Techniques for Engaging Today’s Learner
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Holiday Knowledge Exchange

Top Trainer Hall of Fame

2018 Top Trainer Throwdown 

Winner: April Callis Birchmeier

2017 Top Trainer Throwdown 

Winner: Jay Johnson


2016 Top Trainer Throwdown 

Winner: Michael Jacobson

2015 Top Trainer Throwdown 

Winner: Susan Sanderson

2014 Top Trainer  Throwdown

Winner: Anne Apking

2013 Top Trainer Throwdown 

Winner: Barbara Boldt


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