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About ATDChi

The Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter, is the oldest chapter of ATD. Founded in 1943, ATDChi is proud to be one of three largest chapters in the nation, and is among the most influential. With membership of approximately 500 learning and development professionals in Chicagoland, ATDChi provides a forum for networking and the exchange of professional development opportunities and resources.

Our Vision

ATDChi is the premier community for workplace learning and performance professionals in the Midwest. We strive to have our professional development opportunities, services and leadership recognized throughout the United States.

Our Purpose

ATDChi provides its members with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources necessary to ensure ongoing professional development, and the ability to deliver exceptional value to their organizations in the area of workplace learning and performance.

Our Strategic Initiatives

  1. Understand the challenges our members’ organizations are facing and provide members with tools and resources to address those challenges.
  2. Model and leverage technology to engage members, capture world-class knowledge, facilitate interaction and deliver timely information, products and services.
  3. Define the workplace learning and performance industry and shape its future by being a leading source of industry trends and successful practices.
  4. Serve regional, national and global communities by being a leading catalyst for creating and sharing workplace learning and performance knowledge and practices.
  5. Demonstrate the value of affiliation with ATDChi to organizations, industries and local regions that are under served in the area of workplace learning and performance.

ATDChi Constitution

ATDChi is governed by its Constitution, which was updated in 2019. 

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports the work of professionals locally in more than 125 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.

Started in 1943 as the American Society of Training Directors, this organization evolved to become the American Society for Training & Development. As the scope and the impact of the training and development field has grown, the profession’s focus has broadened to link the development of people, learning, and performance to individual and organizational results.

To better meet the needs and represent the work of this dynamic profession, on May 6, 2014 the organization announced its new brand: the Association for Talent Development.

ATD Vision: Create a World that Works Better.
ATD Mission: Empower professionals to develop knowledge and skills successfully.


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