The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field.

The Fort Worth / Mid-Cities Chapter was founded in 1974. The purpose was to provide a three-county network for professionals in the fields of training and development to further their skills. The Fort Worth / Mid-Cities Chapter incorporated in the state of Texas in May 2000.

In 1987, the chapter hosted the ASTD Southwest Regional Conference. The chapter was one of 51 chapters recognized at the 1994 ASTD International Conference & Exposition for having successfully met the criteria established for the Chapter Assessment and Recognition Tool (CHART). In August 2003, the chapter was named National Chapter of the Month.

The CHART process was replaced by CORE, and then by Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE). CARE is a set of performance guidelines designed to help chapters deliver consistent benefits to members. It consists of elements in five key areas: administration, finance, membership, professional development, and communication, which are necessary for running a chapter like a business. The Fort Worth Mid-Cities Chapter typically scores 100% on CARE each year.

The chapter hosted a conference of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapters in 2009.

The chapter hosted a Regional Leader Conference in February of 2018, with about 25 leaders from all over the Texas area as well as some representatives from National.

In May 2014, the national organization American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) — to better reflect and support the global nature, tremendous diversity, influence, and impact of our profession — changed its name to the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

The Past Presidents of the Fort Worth / Mid-Cities chapter were instrumental in building our chapter into the organization it is today. To view the Past Presidents click here

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • @ Cattle Raisers Building, 1301 West 7th Street, #201 Fort Worth, TX 76102

    July 2019 E-Learning SIG
    Thursday, July 25th

    6:00 - 8:00 pm

    The Cattle Raisers Building, 1301 West 7th Street, #201 Fort Worth, 76102

    Brian Hardin

    Video-Based Microlearning

    Why it works/How to get Started

    Do you want to leverage the power and popularity of video-based microlearning, but don’t know where to start?  Fortunately, video is becoming easier and more cost-effective to produce when you understand the principles of microlearning and have the right tools to help.

    Join Brian Hardin for this exciting multimedia presentation where we’ll go beyond the buzzwords to understand the real benefits of microlearning.  We’ll also look at the hurdles that prevent many people from getting started with video, and how to overcome them.

    Together we’ll discuss how to:

    • Recognize what works: Learn how to spot effective examples of microlearning (YouTube is a great source) and WHY they work
    • Leverage the principles of microlearning to create effective concepts and scripts
    • Identify the right tools for your specific learning objective (one size does not fit all)
    • Get started NOW: You'll take away ideas for getting started immediately using the tools you already have

    About Brian

    Brian Hardin, a Manager of Media-Based Training at Sally Beauty, specializes in video and web-based training solutions. Brian has been producing video-based training programs for over 15 years, and he and his team have been recognized with several video production awards, including Telly, Aurora, and Aegis awards.

    How to get there

    We will be in the Brand Room at the Cattle Raisers Building, 1301 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. 

    Free parking is available on the 7th Street side of the building, or on the 10th Street side. 

    Enter the doors that face 7th Street.

    The Brand Room is on the first floor of the building, through the lobby, past the elevator and then on the left. 

    There is a kitchen/break room adjacent to the Brand Room. Coffee, water, soft drinks, ice and light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own meal.

    • 01 Aug 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Diamond Oaks - 5821 Diamond Oaks Dr N, Fort Worth, TX 76117

    August ATD Fort Worth / Mid-Cities

    Chapter Meeting and Presentation

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019

    5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Emotional Intelligence

    Clint Reese

    Thankfully, the phrase and idea of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is one that most people and companies have heard. Unfortunately, with the proliferation of the idea there is a lot of misconception about what it is and how to improve this learn-able and trainable skill. 

    This training/presentation will provide the basic understanding of EQ, the bridge between our emotional and rational minds as well as provide a few of the more easily mastered enhancement skills for participants to take home and start increasing their own EQ. 

    After the presentation, participants will:
    • Understand the basic science of what EQ is and how it relates to the ‘whole person’
    • Gain knowledge of the 4 tenants of EQ
    • Learn skills and techniques to improve levels of EQ
    • Uncover the value of empathy in interpersonal relationships and communication
    • Discover what skills to identify and promote within an organization

    Our Speaker: Clint Reese

    Clint Reese is a keynote speaker, author, entrepreneur, learning leader, stand-up comedian, and social media contributor, husband, and father or two young children. He got his first job at the age of 14 working at a little league baseball park concession stand. From there, he’s been a dishwasher, managed teams of multi-million dollar producing consultants and just about everything in between. His goal is to positively change the cultures of as many companies as he can to make going to work a more enjoyable idea for everyone.

    Meeting Agenda:

    Registration opens at 5:30 pm

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Chapter announcements

    6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Program (1 hour)

    7:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Q&A and prizes, Meeting Concludes

    Dinner Menu

    Salad: Spinach

    Entrée: Sea Salt Crusted Salmon

    Sides: Wild Rice and Roasted Carrots

    Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

    Vegan option available (Chef's Choice)

    All online reservations are due the Monday before the meeting by 5pm. ANY Attendees (member or non-member) not registered online will be considered Walk-In registrations and will be charged the Guest rate of $35.00.

    • 05 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Diamond Oaks - 5821 Diamond Oaks Dr N, Fort Worth, TX 76117

    September ATD Fort Worth / Mid-Cities

    Chapter Meeting and Presentation

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019

    5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Catalyzing Stress for Growth & High Performance

    Sophie Clement


    Stress is costing the US industry more than $300 billion each year. Turnover, accidents, absenteeism, medical, legal, insurance costs, workers’ compensation awards, and other expenses can be limited, managed, and controlled.

    This program brings the methods and tools to a comprehensive innovative approach to identifying, acknowledging, embracing, and harnessing stress as a bona-fide means to enable employees to become more performance outcome oriented.

    Studies have shown that a focus on trying to reduce and/or relieve stress is highly ineffective over the long term. We will explain why these coping strategies are inadequate in terms of impacting the health of the workplace. We will share effective solutions and how they can be implemented.

    All measurements, data and conclusions disclosed (shared) in the presentation material is 100% empirically based evidence and supported by academic research from higher education institutions such as Yale University and Stanford University. Research results and published studies are free of charge available online.

    Learning Objective

    • Understanding stress and how it works – why do we experience stress and what real, tangible impact does it have on individual productivity and motivation, and on organizational performance and productivity?
    • How does stress coupled with the right proactive techniques to harness it affect the workplace and a company’s overall health?
    • How dramatically modifying and changing your approach to stress influence productivity, focus and motivation?
    • What techniques, methods, and tools can be used to impact teams and employee engagement?

    Our Speaker: Sophie Clement
    After spending most of her professional career in mid-level management, Sophie found her joy and fulfillment in organizational and enterprise coaching. By focusing on employee engagement, she implemented her services through workshops focused on stress management and resilience training. Sophie has personally experienced and struggled with stress her entire life. In many ways, her internal experience has yielded the methods and tools she has developed.  A few years ago, after Sophie was diagnosed with Asperger, she began to make research her emphasis until she discovered a new and emerging science relative to stress, its impact, and how to make it both instructive and a benefactor to promoting positive results from those who see its value proposition and impact on their performance in life.

    Sophie Clement, CPC, ELI-MP

    Workplace Stress & Behavior Coach and Strategist

    (817) 983-0055

    Meeting Agenda:

    Registration opens at 5:30 pm

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Chapter announcements

    6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Program (1 hour)

    7:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Q&A and prizes, Meeting Concludes

    Dinner Menu

    Salad: House

    Entrée: Raspberry Chipotle Salmon

    Sides: Wild Rice and Sauteed Spinach

    Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

    Vegan option available (Chef's Choice)

    All online reservations are due the Monday before the meeting by 5pm. ANY Attendees (member or non-member) not registered online will be considered Walk-In registrations and will be charged the Guest rate of $35.00.

Past events

06 Jun 2019 June Chapter Meeting - Jonathan Silk: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
02 May 2019 May Chapter Meeting - Brandy Schade: Tap into your Strengths to Make an Impact
04 Apr 2019 April Chapter Meeting - Adam Costakes & Dan Hirt: Jump Start Your Micro Learning Program
25 Mar 2019 WEBINAR: slack Basics with Jonathan Silk
07 Mar 2019 March Chapter Meeting - Michael Torrie: Solving Learning Decay
07 Feb 2019 February Chapter Meeting - Colette Williamson: Employee Engagement, the Southwest Way
31 Jan 2019 January 2019 e-Learning SIG: 100+ Free e-Learning Tools
06 Dec 2018 December 2018 - Michael Hoffman : Owning Your Skills of Influence!
01 Nov 2018 November 2018 - Leveraging LinkedIn with Tara Clackler
09 Oct 2018 October 2018 - Joint Event with Dallas ATD - Creating and Leading an Imaginative & Innovative Learning Culture
04 Oct 2018 October 2018 - Empathy and Communication with 2nd Language Employees and Multilingual Teams
12 Sep 2018 September e-Learning SIG: 25 Things you didn’t know you could do in PowerPoint
06 Sep 2018 September 2018 - Boosting Your Employee's Joy with Catherine Walker
15 Aug 2018 August e-Learning SIG
02 Aug 2018 August 2018 - Rochelle Harris on Designing Your Life
12 Jul 2018 Night of Fun at The Secret Chambers Escape Room!
13 Jun 2018 e-Learning SIG: 100+ Free Tools for the Thrifty Learning Designer
07 Jun 2018 June 2018 - The Strategy That Drives Talent Management and Development
01 Jun 2018 June 2018 - Dallas ATD Learning & Development SIG
17 May 2018 May e-Learning SIG
17 May 2018 The Transformational Leader-Manager Workshop
15 May 2018 May REACH (networking)
03 May 2018 May 2018 - Intellectual Property 101: Whose IP is it Anyway? with Mike Regitz and Dustin Mauck
17 Apr 2018 April REACH (networking)
11 Apr 2018 April e-Learning SIG
05 Apr 2018 April 2018 - The Power of Coaching Conversations with Jessica Johnson
13 Mar 2018 March REACH (networking)
07 Mar 2018 March e-Learning SIG
04 Mar 2018 2018 ATD Regional Chapter Leaders Meeting
04 Mar 2018 ATD South Central Chapters 2018 Regional Conference
01 Mar 2018 March 2018 - Using Talent Development Tools to Evaluate Our Talent Development Programs
13 Feb 2018 February REACH (networking)
08 Feb 2018 February e-Learning SIG
01 Feb 2018 February 2018 - Exploring Virtual Reality for Learning with Noah Sparks
04 Jan 2018 January 2018 - Bringing Stories Center Stage in Training
07 Dec 2017 December 2017 - How Adults Learn Best with Wendi Walker-Schmidt
02 Nov 2017 November 2017 -Transforming Talent Development by Revolutionizing the World of Psychometrics with Rebecca Bales
05 Oct 2017 Mix & Mingle - Association Night
07 Sep 2017 September 2017 - Oh Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven Training
03 Aug 2017 August 2017 - The Container Store with Rachel Kennedy
27 Jul 2017 July 27, 2017 - Chapter Birthday Celebration & Food Drive
06 Jul 2017 July 2017 - Jump Shift the Impact of HR/TD on Business Performance
07 Jun 2017 June 2017 - State National Companies at Harley Davidson Onsite
04 May 2017 May 2017 Workshop - Leadership Lessons with TED Talks
01 Apr 2017 April Community Service Month
02 Mar 2017 March 2017 Workshop - Lean Operations
09 Feb 2017 February 2017 - Leveraging LinkedIn Luncheon
02 Feb 2017 February 2017 Workshop - Tools of the Trade
05 Jan 2017 Mix & Mingle - January 2017
07 Dec 2016 Board Meeting - December 2016
07 Dec 2016 December ATD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
01 Dec 2016 December Chapter Meeting - The Eight Best Ice Breaker Activities for Any Work Event
17 Nov 2016 Board Meeting - November 2016
03 Nov 2016 November Chapter Meeting - Training and Development Leadership Panel
24 Oct 2016 October ATD Certificate Program - E-Learning Instructional Design
06 Oct 2016 October Monthly Meeting - Using Voiceover Narration to Enhance Your Training Programs
01 Sep 2016 September Monthly Meeting - Presentations That Work!
26 Aug 2016 Sententia Level 1 Gamification Certification (6 contact hours)
04 Aug 2016 August Monthly Meeting - Gamification BUZZ… How to Use Game Mechanics to Motivate Your Learners
28 Jul 2016 July Board Meeting - July 28, 2016
07 Jul 2016 July Monthly Meeting -Create a Culture of High Engagement
02 Jun 2016 June Monthly Meeting - Five Tips to Improve Your E-Learning Design Today
02 Jun 2016 MEMBERS ONLY - Free Webinar - An LMS is not an eLearning Strategy
07 Apr 2016 April Monthly Meeting -Change is good! You go first.
31 Mar 2016 Board Meeting - March 31, 2016
21 Mar 2016 ATD Certificate Program - Designing Learning Certificate
03 Mar 2016 March Monthly Meeting - Influencer: A Proven Model to Drive Rapid and Sustainable Change
25 Feb 2016 Board Meeting - February 25
11 Feb 2016 Luncheon Meeting, Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Maximizing Your Productive Training Outcomes
23 Jan 2016 Board Member Planning Retreat-2016
07 Jan 2016 Monthly Meeting -January-Help us make 2016 the greatest year!
10 Dec 2015 Board Members - 2015 Year End Celebration
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Celebration
12 Nov 2015 Monthly Meeting - Copyright Law in the Digital Age: When Can I Use That?
05 Nov 2015 Board Meeting - October/November
15 Oct 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate
05 Oct 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
01 Oct 2015 Monthly Meeting for October
28 Sep 2015 ATD Certificate Program - Designing Learning Certificate
24 Sep 2015 Board Meeting - September
03 Sep 2015 Monthly Meeting - Transformational Learning and Leadership – the Link!
27 Aug 2015 Board Meeting - August
06 Aug 2015 Cory Rieken from Development Dimensions International (DDI)
30 Jul 2015 Board Meeting - July
16 Jul 2015 Summer Mixer Save the date
17 Jun 2015 Webinar: Articulate Storyline―Working with Layers, Triggers, and States
04 Jun 2015 Monthly Meeting - Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Infographics
29 May 2015 Luncheon Meeting - Talent Development at BNSF
28 May 2015 Board Meeting - May
13 May 2015 Webinar: KAPOW!—Designing Comic-themed eLearning Courses
07 May 2015 Monthly Meeting - Employee Engagement in a Nutshell
23 Apr 2015 Sententia Level 1 Gamification Certification for Talent Development Professionals
16 Apr 2015 Luncheon Meeting - Visual Storytelling
02 Apr 2015 Monthly Meeting - Game the System™ - The Basics of How and Why to Gamify Your Training Programs
26 Mar 2015 Board Meeting March
05 Mar 2015 Monthly Meeting - Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Infographics
26 Feb 2015 Board Meeting February
20 Feb 2015 ATD Regional Leadership Summit
05 Feb 2015 Monthly Meeting - Social Learning Superpowers
24 Jan 2015 2015 ATD Board Planning Session
08 Jan 2015 Monthly Meeting - The Good Cop / Bad Cop Vendor Management Strategy
18 Dec 2014 Board Members - 2014 Year End Celebration
04 Dec 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2014 Year End Celebration
06 Nov 2014 Monthly Meeting - Brilliance: Understanding the Creative Mind
30 Oct 2014 Board Meeting October
23 Oct 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - eLearning Instructional Design Certificate
15 Oct 2014 Visual Storytelling: Engaging Your Learners with Pictures
07 Oct 2014 A 2-Day Workshop with Tom Kuhlmann: Powerpoint for E-Learning & Building Interactive E-Learning with Storyline
02 Oct 2014 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting & Upping Your Game in PowerPoint
25 Sep 2014 Board Meeting September
04 Sep 2014 Monthly Meeting - "On LinkedIn...Now What?"
28 Aug 2014 Board Meeting August
19 Aug 2014 2014 Southwest Learning Summit
07 Aug 2014 Monthly Meeting - Trainers' Drink and Draw
10 Jul 2014 Monthly Meeting - ASTD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration
09 Jul 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - Training Certificate
26 Jun 2014 Board Meeting June
05 Jun 2014 Monthly Meeting - Enhancing Learning at UT Southwestern Medical Center - Academy for Career Enrichment (ACE)
01 May 2014 Monthly Meeting - Our Field: Defining Boundaries and Making Connections
24 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
03 Apr 2014 Monthly Meeting - Why sales people fail ...
27 Mar 2014 Board Meeting
06 Mar 2014 Monthly Meeting - Brian Sullivan - What is UX? and how can you apply it to Training.
05 Mar 2014 ASTD Certificate Program - Design Learning Certificate
27 Feb 2014 Board Meeting February
06 Feb 2014 2014 Trends in Executive Development - Bonnie Hagemann
05 Dec 2013 Monthly Meeting - Gregory J. Enos Presents "Solutions for Coping with Information Overload and Multitasking""
12 Nov 2013 LearnNow!
07 Nov 2013 Monthly Meeting - Bill Brandon presents "How to Survive and Thrive in the Expanding Learning Ecosystem"
06 Nov 2013 ASTD Certificate Program - Integrated Talent Management Certificate
03 Oct 2013 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
05 Sep 2013 Monthly Meeting - Kelly Leiker, MBA presents “Top 10 Tips for Remarkable Virtual Learning at your Organization”
20 Aug 2013 2013 Southwest Learning Summit
01 Aug 2013 Monthly Meeting - Keith Meyerson and Chris Bond Presents: Lessons from the Battlefield - A Survival Story of LMS Selection
11 Jul 2013 Monthly Meeting - 39 Year Chapter Anniversary: Networking Night
06 Jun 2013 Monthly Meeting - Ilayne Geller, Ph.D. Presents: "Influencer: A Proven Model to Drive Rapid and Sustainable Change"
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - CPLP® Study Prep Workshop
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Consulting Skills for Trainers Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Coaching Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Career Planning & Talent Management Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Blended Learning Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Advanced Designing Learning Certificate
17 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Action Learning Certificate
16 May 2013 ASTD Education Program - Analyzing Human Performance Certificate
02 May 2013 Monthly Meeting - Silos! Glorious and Beloved Silos!
24 Apr 2013 Story-Based Technical & Compliance eLearning Design Workshop
04 Apr 2013 Monthly Meeting - Richard H. Sites, Ed. D. and Angel Green, M.S. presents "Leaving ADDIE for SAM"
07 Mar 2013 Monthly Meeting - The New ASTD Competency Model™
07 Mar 2013 New Member Orientation
07 Feb 2013 Monthly Meeting - Sarah Wakefield
03 Jan 2013 Monthly Meeting - John Shearer
06 Dec 2012 Monthly Meeting - A.J. Wood presents "Making Effective Use of Screencasting Tools"
14 Nov 2012 CPLP Study Prep Workshop
13 Nov 2012 Webinar: Become an Amazon Author
01 Nov 2012 Monthly Meeting - John H. Cox, Self-direction and the Workplace: Building a Self-Directed Learning “Engine”.
30 Oct 2012 The Talent Leadership Forum
23 Oct 2012 Career Planning and Talent Management Certificate Program
23 Oct 2012 Blended Learning Certificate Program
04 Oct 2012 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
06 Sep 2012 Monthly Meeting -Susan Hanold, Ph.D., What's In and Out with Needs Analysis
02 Aug 2012 Monthly Meeting - Allen Krom Presents Distance Learning – Is a Webinar Appropriate?
05 Jul 2012 Monthly Meeting - World Cafe for Workplace Learning Professionals
29 Jun 2012 Webinar
10 Jun 2012 Facilitating for Excellence Certificate
07 Jun 2012 Monthly Meeting - Colleen A. Rickenbacher, Business Etiquette for Trainers
03 May 2012 Monthly Meeting - Barbara J. Ashbaugh, Employee Engagement: Pay Now or Pay Later
05 Apr 2012 Monthly Meeting - Dr. Jeff Allen, University of North Texas presents Learning and Performance Innovation: Implications for the Workplace
01 Mar 2012 Monthly Meeting - Jeff Kribs of Infinitude Creative Group presents "Learning in High Definition"
02 Feb 2012 Monthly Meeting - Tom Niesen of Acuity Systems, Inc. - How to Get Sales Training to Stick
12 Jan 2012 Lumina Spark Certification Workshop
09 Jan 2012 Increase Revenue Through Employee Training
05 Jan 2012 Monthly Meeting Skipper Kendrick - This Ain’t Your Normal (Safety/Regulatory) Training
01 Dec 2011 Monthly Meeting - Rich Pendergast - Counter-Intuitive Leadership for Driving Innovation
03 Nov 2011 Monthly Meeting - Speed Presenting
25 Oct 2011 E-Learning Symposium
07 Oct 2011 Workshop: Navigating Integrity Workshop
06 Oct 2011 Monthly Meeting - Al Watts - Navigating Integrity – Transforming Business As Usual Into Business At Its Best
28 Sep 2011 Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Certification Program - 2 Day
28 Sep 2011 Kirkpatrick Four Levels Evaluation Certificate Program - 1 Day
01 Sep 2011 Monthly Meeting - Nancy Barry - Closing the Generation Gap
09 Aug 2011 Southwest Learning Summit and Exposition
04 Aug 2011 Monthly Meeting - Michael Hoffman - Build Enthusiasm, Communitiy and retention with your training programs
21 Jul 2011 Professional Development Series : Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication
07 Jul 2011 Monthly Meeting - Ellen Lee Improve with Improv!
02 Jun 2011 Monthly Meeting - Buzz Murphy
05 May 2011 Monthly Meeting - Rebecca Bales
28 Apr 2011 Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate
07 Apr 2011 Monthly Meeting - Michelle Prince
24 Mar 2011 E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program

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