2018 SMTA Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

March 9 - 11, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown
Atlanta, GA

March 9 to 11, 2018: US officers
March 9 to 12, 2018: Student & international officers

SMTA Officer Leadership FORUM 2018

The SMTA invites all Chapter Officers to join your peers at the 12th Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

You will learn to:
Develop leadership skills, learn from focused breakout sessions, network with your peers and move forward with enthusiasm and confidence as effective leaders in your career, community, and as an SMTA leader.

Stay tuned for registration details coming soon!

View Full Agenda Here
View Full Agenda Here

DRESS CODE: The FORUM weekend dress code is casual.

Funding & Sponsorships


The SMTA Officer's Leadership Forum is free for all officers. The SMTA will cover two hotel rooms for two nights (4 total room nights) for officers from your chapter. International chapters are covered for two rooms for three nights (6 total room nights.) If your chapter requires more than the allotted hotel room nights, those charges will be at your own or your chapter’s expense. Rooms at the hotel are at a negotiated rate of $119 plus taxes and fees ($144.11 inclusive) per night. The hotel will charge your credit card for additional room nights upon check-in. Your credit card will also be charged by the hotel after the program for any incidental charges not covered by the SMTA (for example, gift shop charges or minibar use). Rooms are double occupancy. If you are traveling with another officer and are comfortable sharing a room, please indicate your desire on the registration form or online registration site. Sharing rooms is encouraged by the SMTA to save costs. Unused room allotments are not transferable.

Each officer (chapter) is responsible for his or her travel expenses. We hope that your employers understand the value of the benefits of SMTA membership and will support your trip. If not, Forum expenses are acceptable chapter expense items within the SMTA and Chapter Bylaws. Make all room reservations through Karen Frericks (do not go directly to the hotel) and purchase your travel tickets early. If it is impossible for your company or chapter to fund travel expenses, ask Karen (karenchapters@smta.org or 952.920.7682) about our financing assistance. We want to work with you to ensure that all chapters are represented.


Because we are moving the Forum to Atlanta this year, the SMTA is in great need of financial assistance from chapters. Please consider becoming a sponsor and "Help the SMTA Grow."


Chapter Sponsors: $100 - $1000+ (multiple sponsors)
Any amount is welcome! Help officers from international, student, and domestic chapters to attend. Please help us support those chapters whose treasuries are insufficient to send anyone to the Forum. We want to have 100% representation from all chapters – you can help us make that happen! Contact Karen to find out more about which chapters are in need. You can direct your contribution toward a particular chapter or just donate it wherever it will do the most good.

Facility Tour Sponsor: $1500 (1 sponsorship)
Help us provide buses to take interested officers to Delta Airlines

Welcome/Networking Reception Sponsorship: $350 (multiple sponsors)

Skyline Park Sponsors:

  • Transportation Sponsorship $1500 (1 sponsorship)
  • Drink Ticket Sponsorship: $750 (2 sponsorships)
    Your chapter name will appear on one round of drink tickets at the event
  • All FORUM Sponsors will be introduced at the Welcome Reception, receive verbal recognition and signage recognizing the sponsors during the event to show our appreciation of your chapter's support of your peers.

    Please make attending the Forum happen for other chapter officers, and help us bring this quality of entertainment and learning to everyone. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by chapters, officers, and the SMTA. Please coordinate your sponsorships through the SMTA with Karen. Thank you very much.

    Logistics: Hotel, Travel & Events

    HOTEL MEETING SITE – Reservation Information

    DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown
    160 Ted Turner Drive NW
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – Reservation Information

    If you plan to attend the 2018 Chapter Officer Leadership Forum, SMTA requests that you attend the Welcome Reception Friday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. and be present at all sessions until Sunday, March 11, at 12:00 noon. Please do not make airline reservations earlier than a 2:00 p.m. departure on Sunday. If you are staying for the International/Student Focused Breakout Sessions on Sunday, you can make your departure arrangements any time after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday or anytime on Monday.

    There is no need for rental cars. Atlanta has a city-wide train system called MARTA that can be used for your airport transfers. SMTA will have bus transfers for all group events.


    Delta Airlines TechOps Facility Tour (optional)

    Friday, March 9

    The Atlanta SMTA Chapter is graciously coordinating a behind the scenes tour of Delta TechOps offered to the first 60 people to register. Although Delta TechOps has certified aviation repair stations all around the world, you’re going to tour the one located at Delta’s Atlanta Headquarters in the world’s busiest airport!

    Delta At Delta TechOps, you will tour:

  • Jet engine repair operations
  • Air craft maintenance
  • Engine Testing
  • SMTA will provide bus transfers to Delta TechOps from the DoubleTree Hotel and from Atlanta Airport.

    ONLY those registered and TSA-cleared can attend.

    On the Flight Deck Welcome & Networking Reception:

    Friday, March 9, 7pm

    Get ready to board your flight into SMTA Adventure at this evening’s Welcome & Networking Reception. This evening will feature some time for you to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, along with introductions of the Board of Directors, and SMTA Staff. Come prepared with some success stories you can share with other chapters. Also be sure to get your picture taken in our photo booth area, so future generations can see all the fun that was the Chapter Officer’s Leadership Forum in 2018!

    Leadership Workshop

    Saturday, March 10

    "Flying Through the Surface of the Future!"

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Travis S. Taylor

    Most futurists give bleak visions of a future filled with overpopulation, suffering economies, and worse. Many discuss the so-called "Singularity" where humans will no longer be human and will become something different like human minds in robot bodies. Join Dr. Taylor to see a completely different and much brighter vision of the future and for humanity. See how SMT has played a part in shaping that future since the Apollo era and come along for the ride as Dr. Taylor pilots our journey across and through the surface of the future!

    Dr. Travis S. Taylor was born in the Rocket City, a.k.a. Huntsville, Al, while his father was working inside the Saturn V rocket that would go to the Moon. He celebrated his 1st birthday as the Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down in the ocean on their return from the first manned lunar mission on July 24, 1969. Inspired by the great space era and his hometown, he embarked on a lifelong endeavor to explore the universe. He earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and then went on to complete Masters degrees in Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Astronomy. He earned two Ph.D.s, one in Optical Science and Engineering and one in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Dr. Taylor has written two dozen best-selling science fiction novels, two text books, and two popular science books. He has appeared in, starred in, and co-produced several hit television series including “The Universe,” “Life After People,” “Rocket City Rednecks,” “3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar,” and is currently finishing up the first season for a new series on The History Channel.

    Breakout Session Topics

    SMTA is preparing individualized learning for you on a variety of topics you want to know about with Breakout Sessions throughout the day on Saturday. You will have the opportunity to choose the Breakout Sessions that interest you the most and tailor it to your current position and needs. We will be offering special Breakout Sessions on a “Rookie Track” for first-time officers.

    Complete schedule coming soon!

    Saturday Evening Activity

    Saturday, March 10

    Fun & Games at Skyline Park Overlooking Atlanta

    Located on top of the Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is a new entertainment space in Atlanta that is like no other! Watch flights arrive as you enjoy dinner, and then try your hand at a few old time carnival games. Challenge a rival chapter officer team to a friendly round of mini-golf.

    Your guests are invited and the cost is $100 (FORUM attendees no charge). Please plan to pay for guest fees upon your arrival at the Friday evening Welcome & Networking Reception. Skyline Park is a short bus ride away from the DoubleTree. SMTA shuttle service will be provided.

    "Wheels Up: Wrap Up and Closing" General Sessions and Officer Breakout Meetings

    Sunday, March 11

    To wrap up all you learned this weekend and to look forward to the future, we have a content-packed General Session for you this morning.

    Mid-morning will feature some honest dialogue in one final round of Breakout Sessions. You will have a chance to get together with others in your same officer position to talk about obstacles and to strategize on ways to overcome them.

    Finally, we will end up with a short Q&A session with your Board of Directors before we send you out to reach for the skies on your flights home.

    International and Student Officer Focused Breakout Sessions

    Sunday, March 11

    We would like to extend a special invitation to our international and student officers to attend our FORUM weekend. Because of your unique needs as student and international chapters, we decided to include some special events just for you. After all the domestic officers depart, we are planning special one-on-one Focused Breakout Sessions. We ask that you come prepared with any issues that you need help with. At this session, you will be paired with Board Members, SMTA Staff or experienced chapter officers who will work with you, making phone calls, sending emails, whatever it takes to solve your most pressing problems. After a good afternoon’s work, your reward is a special dinner at the Sun Dial Restaurant located just steps away at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza. A tri-level complex, The Sun Dial features an upscale restaurant, a cocktail lounge and an observatory level with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the magnificent skyline from 723 feet above.

    Thanks to our current chapter sponsors!

    Ohio Valley Chapter

    Space Coast Chapter

    SMTA Headquarters
    6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

    Phone 952.920.7682
    Fax 952.926.1819