Save the Date!

September 17, 2021

FFA Enrichment Center - Ankeny, IA 

First, thank you for being patient while we determined a new date and established a venue for PDD 2021! We are resuming our planning for another great event! Follow us on social media and watch for our emails for updates regarding RFPs (presenter submissions), registration, and more!

If you have questions regarding PDD 2021 or would like to volunteer with planning please reach out to:

Amy Boyce - 

Nicci Schmitt - 

What is ATD Central Iowa's Professional Development Day?

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Registration Open

Register here!

ATD CI Member $109

ATD CI Student Member $39

Non-ATD CI Member $189

Regional Members $109

*Note: Session speakers, round table speakers, and PDD committee volunteers will be registered by Amy Boyce.

Keynote Speaker

Emily Dickens, J.D.

Chief of Staff, Head of Governments Affairs and Corporate Secretary

We are excited to announce that Emily Dickens, J.D., Chief of Staff, Head of Governments Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, will keynote ATD Central Iowa's 2021 Professional Development Day (PDD) on Friday, September 17, 2021!

Emily M. Dickens, J.D. is Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As a member of the executive team, she has oversight for implementing the CEO's vision, corporate governance, global outreach, government affairs, and the organization's real property. She serves on the executive board of the North America Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA) and Secretary-General of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

Emily is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is a member of the Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE Advisory Board; the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) Board; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Advisory Council; a U.S. Department of Energy Equity in Energy Ambassador and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Want to learn more about Emily Dickens? 

    Second Keynote

    Will Keeps

    President and CEO of Starts Right Here

    We are excited to announce that Will Keeps, President and CEO of Starts Right Here, will be the 2nd keynote at ATD Central Iowa's 2021 Professional Development Day (PDD) on Friday, September 17, 2021!

    William Holmes, also known as Will Keeps is the President and CEO of Starts Right Here, a program designed to serve youth in a supportive, empowering environment.

    Will moved to Des Moines in his 20’s and began a new life where he wanted to focus on his future and how he wanted to be remembered. He wanted to make a change for others so they don’t have to go through life without feeling cared for, loved, or being in a home where they can feel safe. His legacy started when he started giving back to his community and to youth who are faced with similar situations that he was in. He began mentoring youth on a daily basis as a team member of the ManUp Iowa program for at risk youth. Will found that his true God given abilities were helping others and empowering them to go down a better path…one he wishes he would have had the opportunity to go down when he was younger.

    Many leaders around the city and state are becoming familiar with Will and his music, as well as his passion for helping youth and his overall huge heart and amazing spirit.

    Want to learn more about Will Keeps? 

    Schedule For the Day






    Registration: Exhibition Hall

    Breakfast: Conference Rm A/B                       


    PDD Opening Remarks/Welcome Message from Tony Bingham CEO ATD

    Amy Boyce/Nicci Schmitt

    Main Conference Room


    Keynote Presentation

    Emily Dickens, SHRM

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 1 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms





    Keynote 2

    Will Keeps

    Main Conference Room




    ATD Programming

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 2 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms





    Panel Conversation 

    Main Conference Room





    Concurrent Session 3 - 3 Speakers

    FFA Conference Rooms

     3:45 - 4:00




    Final Remarks, Awards, and Adjourn

    Amy Boyce/Nicci Schmitt

    Main Conference Room

    Session Topics and Speakers

    Below are the session topics and speakers with descriptions, along with a schedule one pager for the day with just the topic and presenter schedule listed with their rooms. 

    Convince Your Boss

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    Special Events of the Day

    Social Media

    Utilize #ATDPDD2021 on your social media posts. Let's hear how much your learning and see how much fun you're having!

    ATD Central Iowa PDD Non-Profit Spotlight: Starts Right Here

    Starts Right Here Mission Statement: Starts Right Here educates, equips, and empowers young people living in disadvantaged and oppressive circumstances using the arts, entertainment, hip hop, music, programs, and a variety of other methods to break down the barriers of fear, intimidation, and other damaging factors leading to a sense of being disenfranchised, forgotten and rejected.

    The ATD Central Iowa Community Relations Committee wants to give back to the youth in our community. We will be accepting donations for Starts Right Here during the 2021 Professional Development Day.

    Accepted Donations: 

    Local Restaurant Gift Cards 

    • Examples: McDonalds, Burger King, Culver's, Subway, Jimmy Johns, Blaze Pizza, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Hardees, Popeyes

    Single Serve/Individually Wrapped Dinners and Snacks  

    • Examples: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, Chips, Crackers, Granola Bars. Canned Fruit/Applesauce, Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee Meals (Ravioli, Beefaroni, Lasagna, etc), Fruit Snacks, Cookies, Trail Mix/Snack Mix

    Bring a donation and earn a ticket to be entered into our ATD Community Relations raffle!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!


    Gold Sponsor

    Silver Sponsor


    Bronze Sponsor




    Exhibitor Tables


    Happy Hour Drinks 




    Interested in becoming a sponsor or hosting an exhibitor table?

    Check out our Sponsor Page for details!

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