Dinner and Networking Events

A cornerstone of the Chapter's professional development opportunities is our monthly dinner programs and scheduled networking events where learning and development professionals can learn and collaborate.

Members receive significant discounts to these events!

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Have questions about our Dinner and Networking Events? We have answers!

Question: Can I reach Chapter events via public transportation?

Answer: We try to have most of our events near a Metro station but some events are only accessible via automobile.  Be sure to read the event page for location information.

Question: What if I try to register for an event and it does not give me the reduced Chapter Member price?

Answer: Email addresses serve as the unique key to our database and membership status. You might have used a different email address when you joined the Chapter, or you may be confusing National ASTD membership with Chapter membership. Please check your membership confirmation to find the specific email address used, or write to Dir_Programs@dcastd.org to adjust your fee for this event. 

Question: What are the advantages of joining the DC Chapter?

Answer: Membership in the Chapter gives you access to a large community of workplace learning and performance professionals in the Metro DC area. The Chapter strives to provide a community of support and bring people together as a resource to each other to help you throughout your career no matter what your experience level. The local Chapter is where you meet your colleagues and develop those lasting relationships. As a Chapter Member, you will receive significant discounts on professional development programs, workshops and virtual programs. You can take advantage of resume reviews, job postings, and attend special interest group (SIG) meetings at no cost. If you are an independent consultant, you can list your services on our Consultant Referral Service which gives you visibility and provides access to prospective clients.

Question: Can I pay at the door without pre-registering?

Answer: We encourage everyone to pre-register and pay in advance if possible. It helps ensure that we have enough seats and food for everyone and also helps cut down the line and the time required at check-in. It also is important if the situation arises where we need to send you important details or changes that are pertinent to the event. However, if registration has closed because it is very close to the event, you can show up for the event and pay at the door. Please bring your payment with you. We take checks, credit cards or cash.

Question: What if I have other questions about events or future events?

Answer: Many events are posted on our website: www.dcastd.org. Please send any additional program questions to our Director of Programs at dir_programs@dcastd.org.

Question: Will I feel uncomfortable if I don’t know anyone at the event?

Answer: Many of our attendees are first-timers and come solo. Ask any Board Member to introduce you to people there and we will do our best to help you feel at home and connect you with others with common interests. Soon, you will begin to know others in the group!

Question: How do I identify a Metro DC Chapter Board Member to answer my questions about the Chapter and its benefits for me?

Answer: Board Members wear permanent badges so you can identify them easily. Each Board Member cares deeply about our members and prospective members and will do their best to introduce you to those with whom you might share things in common.

Question: Are there speaker opportunities within the Chapter?

Answer: We are always happy to entertain speaker proposals for our programs, which include short-format programs, long-format workshops, and virtual programs. We think it is important to be a forum for growth for all but especially for our Members. Refer to our call for speakers at www.dcastd.org The demographics and interests of our audience and the speaker proposal forms appear on our website under “Events.” Additionally, our many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) also often have opportunities.

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