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7th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Parking is available in the visitor lot in front of the building.


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ATD Detroit June 2019 Meeting

7th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown All-Star Edition

Registration Closes at 12 pm Monday, June 10 

Who will win the title of Top Trainer All-Star? 

Please join us for the 7th edition of the Top Trainer Throwdown!  These previous Top Trainer Throwdown winners have set aside time from their busy schedules to “bring it” again. You don't want to miss this night of presentations on leadership and/or coaching best practices. Come for an experience to enhance your toolkit with techniques, tools, and methods to use in your profession and/or share in your workplace with others in talent development.

Plan to laugh, be inspired, and have fun with your hosts for the evening Michael Jacobson (2018 Top Trainer Throwdown Winner), Michael Haynes (2019 President Elect) and the Top Trainer Throwdown All-Stars all while learning some great lessons along the way.  You do not want to miss this opportunity to witness some of ATD Detroit’s finest in action.

We hope we have you @ Hello!

Our 2019 Lineup:

We want to thank our previous winners for accepting the challenge to compete again in the ATD Detroit’s 7th Annual Top Trainer Throwdown signature event.  Competitors will have 15 minutes to prove their stuff and take away the title again as the 2019 Top Trainer All-Star. You decide the winner! 

This Year's All- Star Competitors and Topics:

Barbara Boldt – You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Introducing ourselves is something we do on autopilot. The consequence is that we may not be making the impression we want or need to make. Gain an understanding of introduction perspectives and receive tips on staying consciously aware of the impressions you make.

Barbara’s 2013 win for Intercultural Competence: Do or DIE made her the first winner of the TTT competition.

Anne- Apking – The Many Dimensions of a Coach

Coaches wear many hats such as Teacher, Trainer, Mentor, Advisor, and Motivator. Learn how someone in the role of “coach” knows when and how to fulfill all of these responsibilities.

Anne’s 2014 win for “Making Learning Memorable” kept the TTT competition going.

Jay Johnson – Behave Yourself: Behavioral Intelligence as an Emerging Framework for Leadership Success

How a person acts and reacts to scenarios they face, defines their success in a leadership role. We will take a behavioral intelligence journey that will leave you with powerful insights on productive leadership behaviors.


Jay’s presentation entitled “Fighting the Fleeting: Remarkable First Impressions” earned him the 2017 TTT title.

April Callis Birchmeier – How to Lead Positive Change at Work: Avoiding the Three Common Mistakes Most Leaders Make!

Leadership is more than a skillset; it is a mindset. Learn how to develop a positive mindset, lead positive change, and avoid some common mistakes in leadership.


“Gossip Stoppers! Leading a Positive Workplace, When You're Not in Charge” makes April the 2018 reigning titleholder. 

All runners-up will receive a complimentary dinner, a certificate, and a $25 gift card. The winner receives a complimentary dinner, $100 gift card, and a trophy.

What will you gain by attending?

You will have the opportunity to:

  • 1.    Network with other professionals in the industry
  • 2.    Build your network
  • 3.    Learn something new
  • 4.    Practice your presentation evaluation skills
  • 5.    Enjoy a great dinner with other professionals
  • 6.    Experience Top Trainer Throwdown to consider entering in 2020.
  • 7.    Have an awesome experience with ATD Detroit! 

Special Notes: 

  • Registration is required in advance
  • No Walk-Ins for this event
  • You will be required to go thru a metal detector and sign in
  • All attendees must present a government issued I.D. (driver's license, passport or State ID)  


Cancellations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 6th. Cancellations received prior to this time/date can be 1) refunded to the credit card less a $5 processing fee or 2) transferred to the next scheduled ATD Detroit meeting date.


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.


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