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Industry leaders, innovative programs, and the latest technology—The ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition will bring the talent development industry to life. You will have access to more industry resources than at any other event.

"For our first time at an ATD conference, we were really impressed! Great sessions, excellent keynote speakers, and wonderful staff helping run the event. Overall, a wonderful conference! We got lots out of it to take back to work and we look forward to attending next year in Atlanta."

—ATD 2016 Attendee


Preconference Learning Opportunities

Preconference learning offers you exclusive tracks that focus on your professional development. You will learn from the game changers—the individuals who are shaping the industry. You will walk away with new contacts, fresh ideas on how to apply current and future trends to your own job, and an invigorated passion for talent development. These sessions begin Wednesday, May 17 and continue through Saturday, May 20. Space is limited, so check them out and register today!

General Sessions
Our General Sessions, offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, bring together all attendees for an opportunity to hear from thought leaders offering insight, inspiration, current thinking, and future trends on a range of topics. View the keynote speakers>>

ATD 2017 Preview: People, Places, and Priorities

Whether you are a first-time attendee or seasoned veteran, there is something new for everyone! Hosted by the 2017 ATD Program Advisory Committee, this session, offered Saturday and Sunday, will guide you through the ins and outs of the conference and help you maximize your conference experience. Check the program guide for specific times and locations.

Concurrent Sessions
More than 300 education sessions—in 10 content tracks and four industry tracks—will be offered Sunday through Wednesday. The overall schedule is designed to provide maximum time for sessions, visiting the EXPO, and networking throughout the day. Speakers are encouraged to deliver education sessions that focus on immediate application of your learning back on the job. Search the sessions>>


"This was my first real conference and let me tell you: Any that I go to in the future better live up to the fabulousness of this one. Every i was dotted and t crossed. Kudos to all of you for such an amazing time. I'm so excited to get back to work and lead, lead, lead! Thank you for an awesome time in Denver!

—ATD 2016 Attendee

Here are just a few of the topics and speakers you can take in:

"Practicing Strengths-Based Coaching," Tracy Hutton, The Marcus Buckingham Company

"Engaging Learning Experiences for Improved Overall Talent Development," Fernando Sanchez-Arias, The Home Depot; Jay Steinfeld, Global Custom Commerce , a Home Depot Company

"Make Powerful Infographics Fast!," Mike Parkinson, Billion Dollar Graphics

"Improvisational Innovation: Small Behaviors for Big Change," Karen Hough, ImprovEdge

"#LeadLikeAGirl: How Women Ignite their Impact in the Workplace," Tacy Byham, Development Dimensions International

"Avoiding the Top Training Evaluation Pitfalls," Wendy Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick Partners

"How to Keep (and Increase) your Learning and Talent Development Budget," Jack Phillips, ROI Institute

"The Neuroscience of Teams," Britt Andreatta, 7th Mind Inc.

"Neuroscience and HR," David Rock, NeuroLeadership Institute

"Activators: How to Make Learning Stick," Sebastian Bailey, Mind Gym Inc.

"Using Neuroscience to Learn Your Triggers/Biases for Psychological Safety," Daniel Radecki and Phil Dixon, The Academy of Brain Based Leadership

"Creative Learning Strategies: 17 Ways to Get More Into and Out of Your Training," Bob Pike, CTT Newsletters, LLC

"One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor," Ken Blanchard; The Ken Blanchard Companies; Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Clkaire Diaz-Ortiz

"How to Bridge a Culture Chasm," Joseph Grenny, VitalSmarts

"101 Quick Ideas to Expand Learning Beyond Your Classroom," Elaine Biech, Ebb Associates, Inc.

"Nurturing Creativity: Inspired by Blockbuster Creators in Entertainment," Catherine Lombardozzi, Learning 4 Learning Professionals

"Let Them Choose: Cafeteria Style Learning for Adults," Jillian Douglas, Idea Learning Group

"Secrets of Successful Simulations," Ethan Edwards, Allen Interactions Inc.

"Lead with a Story - 7 Strategies for Telling Stories That Inspire, Influence and Engage," Doug Stevenson, Story Theater International

"Learning Trends, Hype, Disrupters & Shifts in 2017," Elliott Masie, The Learning CONSORTIUM

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