To the ATD Nashville Community,
This special message has a two-fold purpose: to respond to racial injustice in our society and to communicate how ATD Nashville has been and is moving forward to serve our members in these times of societal change and COVID.
First, for any power members (local + national membership), you recently received a statement from ATD CEO Tony Bingham regarding injustice, inequality, and racism.
We stand with Tony. We believe that black lives do matter. From a Nashville chapter perspective, we recognize the lives, experiences, and significant contributions of the African American talent development professionals in our community.
We also believe that our work now takes on new meaning. Given our roles and capacities as talent development professionals, what does it look like for us to leverage our unique skills to influence change in the workplace? While we don’t have everything figured out, we have to start somewhere, and the place we want to start is a forum on how to produce organizational change through learning. We recognize this one program will not solve systemic issues plaguing our society, but we hope it will start a conversation to produce meaningful change.
Second, we have implemented a number of changes to our chapter offerings recently to better serve our members in our mission of making Nashville work better. On behalf of the ATD Nashville board, I want to be sure that all of our current and future members are aware of the new opportunities to serve and be served during this time.
Our new chapter offerings, started in April, have been driven by these guiding principles:
To those ends we have beefed up our chapter offerings to include all of the following, effective immediately:
We encourage all of our current, past, and future members to engage with the ATD Nashville community so that together we can build a Nashville that works better.
President, ATD Nashville