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President's Corner - February 1, 2018

Hello, again! January and our first events of 2018 are under our belt, so it’s full speed ahead into this new year. There are so many great things ahead, and I want to bring focus to a few on the immediate horizon.

    • Our first Chapter meeting–February 13. A big part of being successful in L&D is networking–both in landing a job and in excelling at one. It’s a skill that can benefit everyone of us, and it’s the focus of this upcoming meeting. Nadia Bilchik of CNN will be there to present dynamic and practical ideas that will help you network for success. Take a moment now and register.
    • Networking events. Every trainer knows that if you don’t use it, you lose it, right? So let’s apply what we learn from Nadia! We have multiple opportunities coming up this year to network, both professionally and socially, at fun and exciting venues around Atlanta, the greatest metro area on earth. These will be scheduled for the off months between chapter meetings, so watch for details on the first one coming up in March.
    • Habitat for Humanity event–February 24. Reaching out, giving back, serving Atlanta. These have always been part of our chapter’s DNA. So for years, we’ve been lending our gifts in L&D to those who can use a hand up: Habitat homeowners. ATD volunteers teach classes to help them grow their computer skills (and to network with you!). Thanks to many of you volunteering, we will continue with monthly events throughout 2018, and the next one is a Computer Basics class later this month. If this aligns with your passions and skills, find out more

    And speaking of volunteers, we are looking for a new Director for our Habitat outreach. If you would like to connect about this role or anything else on your mind, please reach out to me at president@atdatlanta.org. I would love to talk. Thanks again for doing your part in making the Greater Atlanta Chapter … greater!

    Julie Padgett

    Chapter President