Schedule
  • Registration and ATD Store Open
    Registration Hours
    7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CDT

    ATD Store Hours
    7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. CDT

  • Opening Keynote Session with Britt Andreatta, PhD

    10 Brain-Based Strategies to Create Engaging Learning

    Britt Andreatta, PhD, author of Wired to Grow, will share 10 brain-based strategies for creating engaging learning. Engaging learning is born from the intersection of three activities done well—the three Ds of discovery, design, and delivery. Great learning begins with your discovery process and how you identify the real issues that need to be addressed. As you design, you’ll want to harness the power of aha moments and storytelling to create memorable content. Learning ultimately must drive sustained behavior change to create valued ROI, so you’ll learn how to effectively design habits and utilize practice. You’ll walk away with strategies you can use to consistently create phenomenal results.



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  • Education Sessions

    Irresistible Virtual Training!

    Learning online is now commonplace. Unfortunately, engaging attendees to participate, come on camera, and unmute can be a huge challenge. Establishing a comfortable, safe, and technically sound online learning environment is essential. Meaningful and relevant activities are the secret. Attendees will be unable to resist actively participating in your virtual training when you use these learning activities and a “never fail” debrief strategy to involve them! Invite participants to take charge of their learning and experience virtual training like they’ve never seen before.


    Applications on the Job:
    • Implement three ready-to-use virtual learning activity examples.
    • Apply one “never fail” debrief strategy to reflect on, validate, and encourage learning.
    • Refer to one job aide to assist you in making your own virtual learning activities.

    Speaker: Kassy LaBorie, Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: Virtual Classroom
    Target Audience: Facilitator/Trainer, Instructional Designer


    Reducing Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

    Unconscious bias is a quiet, yet powerful, performance killer because it interferes with our ability to build relationships across differences and leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. Left unchecked, unconscious bias can negatively impact the recruitment, interviewing, and selection process. During this interactive session, you will learn three types of unconscious bias that can impact the hiring process and specific steps you can take to reduce the negative impact of these biases.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Describe specific ways bias can negatively impact the recruitment process, the interviewing process, and the selection decision-making process.
    • Apply specific tools, techniques, and resources to reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias on the hiring process.

    Speaker: Tyrone A. Holmes, T.A.H. Performance Consultants, LLC
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Director/Managers


    What You Need to Know About the Brain and Learning

    Humanity is embarking on a great adventure; we are discovering how the brain works by watching it in the act of cognition. Neuroscientists are unlocking the code that makes the brain work, giving educators, teachers, corporate trainers, and mentors new tools to help people learn. In this interactive session, the speaker will lead you on a trip inside the human brain linking scientific discoveries to practical applications for anyone who wants to help people learn.

    Applications on the Job:Recognize conditions that support the learning process in any type of experience: online, in a classroom, or in a hybrid environment.Select evidence-based strategies to guide your instructional design and training delivery practice.Make learning more engaging, fun, and effective for your organization.
    Speaker: Marjorie Meacham, Learningtogo
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Developing Content and Materials
    Target Audience: Facilitator/Trainer, Instructional Design
  • Education Sessions

    Add Muscle to Your Level 1 Evaluations With Predictive Questions

    Have you ever wondered if conducting Level 1 evaluations are worth the effort? If you’ve had this thought, you’re not alone. According to a recent ATD research study, 83 percent of organizations evaluate some learning programs at Level 1. Yet, only 35 percent view the data they collect as having high value. During this informative session, you will learn how to include predictive questions in your Level 1s that forecast Level 2 participant learning, Level 3 training transfer, and Level 4 improved business results. These predictions aren’t proof that specific program outcomes are inevitable. However, they begin to answer the question business executives and L&D professionals want answered: “Is this program delivering value?”

    Applications on the Job:
    • Use facts from a recent research study to benchmark your use of Level 1 evaluations.
    • Create predictive questions that enable you to forecast participant Level 2 learning, Level 3 training transfer, and Level 4 improved business results.
    • Calculate three predictive metrics: a learning gain score, a training transfer likelihood score, and an improved business results likelihood score.

    Speaker: Ken Phillips, Phillips Associates
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: Training Evaluation
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Decision Maker


    Mind-Blowing PowerPoint. No, Really!

    PowerPoint is an essential tool for all types of communication, but it’s often misused. Revolutionize your content with amazing visuals, engage your audience with compelling animations, and impress them with beautiful, professional design—all through PowerPoint. You’ll see a host of visual storytelling techniques, all demonstrated live, that you can use immediately to create amazing presentations or interactive content. You’ll learn how to apply these to marketing content, sales conversations, and pitch meetings, plus get free sources for graphics and productivity boosting tools.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience.
    • Develop professional looking designs for presentations and other content.
    • Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily.

    Speaker: Richard Goring, BrightCarbon
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Developing Content and Materials
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Instructional Designer


    New Technologies for Learning

    The internet is evolving. Emerging technologies like extended reality, artificial intelligence, voice interfaces, and augmented reality are poised to transform the nature of work—and learning. Learning and development teams must adapt and change what they do and how they do it in response. They now play a new role as architects of dynamic learning ecosystems. Immerse yourself in a hands-on interactive session where you will explore and reimagine learning with new learning technologies. You will learn about various technologies and how to integrate them into a learning journey to transform traditional approaches to learning, which will allow you to adapt to the changing needs of your learners and their world.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Explore problems that the use of emerging technologies in learning could solve for your organization.
    • Create opportunities to integrate simulations, social learning, and informal learning to drive learner engagement.
    • Evaluate learning experiences to identify opportunities to innovate and deliver learning that is differentiated and effective.

    Speaker: Almira Roldan, AWS
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: Games and Simulations
    Target Audience: Facilitator/Trainer, Instructional Designer, New Practitioner
  • Lunch and Networking
    Lunch and Learn: Leveraging Employee-Generated Content for Higher Training Engagement

    Learning management systems have transformed the world of work. While these technologies help with the distribution of content, their development is often a bottleneck. In this lunch & learn, we’ll explore how employee-generated content can help instructional designers and trainers save time while achieving better training outcomes.

    Speaker: Rachael Nemeth, Opus Training
    Time: 12:15–12:45 p.m.
  • Education Sessions

    Secrets of Facilitation

    Learn a comprehensive methodology for facilitating groups, task forces, strategy teams, and other sessions that require people to come together to achieve a common end. Whether you are a long-time facilitator or new to facilitating teams and groups, you will walk away with tips you can use immediately back on the job.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Discover proven methods for leading better meetings.
    • Learn how to keep groups focused and on track.
    • Understand the reasons people disagree and how to detect, prevent, and resolve conflict.

    Speaker: Michael Wilkinson, Leadership Strategies, Inc.
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Facilitation
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Facilitator/Trainer


    Why Most E-Learning Fails and How to Fix It

    Let’s admit it: Most e-learning just plain sucks! The sad reality is that most e-learning courses require learners to sit through a disappointing experience, where information is poorly organized, the content isn’t relevant, and the interactions seem contrived and without purpose. This is compounded when the slideshow-like presentation is interrupted with several poorly written quiz questions and cheesy animations to make it all seem “fun.”

    Applications on the Job:
    • Learn why e-learning isn't always the answer.
    • Discover why clicking doesn’t make interactivity meaningful.
    • Find out why good e-learning requires more than instructional design.

    Speaker: Tim Slade, The eLearning Designer's Academy
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: E-Learning and Digital Design
    Target Audience: Instructional Designer, New Practitioner


    KPIs, Assessment, and Evaluation: Demonstrating Value in Learning Experiences

    How do you know if someone can apply the content of a learning experience to their work? Too often, TD professionals fall short and write bad assessments, ask the wrong evaluation questions, and don’t set key performance indicators (KPIs). It can be overwhelming to consider all these factors while creating content. Join this session to see how mapping KPIs, assessments, and evaluation can help your content be more targeted and measurable.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Determine assessment criteria based on the needs of the organization.
    • Identify questions to ask prior to the design of learning experiences.
    • Learn ways to get started using KPIs and evaluations.

    Speaker: Cara North, The Learning Camel
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: Evaluating Learning Impact
    Target Audience: Instructional Designer, New Practitioner
  • Education Sessions

    How Leaders Can Use Personal Branding Development Programs to Engage Their Teams

    Team connection is waning in the virtual and hybrid world of work. As a result, leaders are overwhelmed and experiencing burnout, and team cohesion and performance is suffering. Personal branding is a powerful development approach for leaders who seek to build high-performing, cohesive teams. Personal branding is empowering because it focuses on strengths, individuality, and authenticity. Join this session to learn how to leverage personal branding to increase employee confidence while giving team members the mandate to increase their contribution to their team and organization. When teams engage in personal branding development programs together, they get an added benefit: They learn about each other in deep and meaningful ways.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Use personal branding to prepare leaders for the new distributed world of work.
    • Explore how the personal branding process engages employees and helps create cohesion among team members.

    Speaker: William Arruda, CareerBlast.TV
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Learning Activities
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Director/Managers


    Identifying and Meeting Needs and Measuring Their Impact

    This session focuses on getting needs assessments right. Examine how you can identify and translate business needs into talent development initiatives that add value.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Identify and translate business needs into talent development initiatives that add value.
    • Create evaluation plans for talent development initiatives to demonstrate value.
    • Propose talent development initiatives to address business needs.

    Speaker: Kristopher Newbauer, Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: Evaluating Learning Impact
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Instructional Designer


    Facilitator Skills for Modern Classrooms: Mastering Hybrid and Virtual Training

    The virtual classroom has rapidly evolved with new features and new expectations. Remote attendees want interaction and engagement. Hybrid audiences want to be included. As a facilitator, have you adapted your mindset, toolset, and skillset to meet these new expectations? Are you using modern techniques to connect with today’s audiences? In this session, you will discover the new "learning experience facilitator" role. You will learn how to capture and keep hybrid and remote audiences’ attention through meaningful engagement and the three types of collaboration and how to effectively use them. You’ll walk away from this session with a set of tools that you can immediately apply to your next online class!

    Applications on the Job:Identify unique features of modern virtual and hybrid classrooms.Manage robust virtual discussions that include both in-person and remote attendees.Use new virtual tools such as augmented reality, next-gen polling, and immersive whiteboards.
    Speaker: Cindy Huggett, Cindy Huggett Consulting LLC
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: Hybrid Facilitation
    Target Audience: Facilitator/Trainer
  • Education Sessions

    Demonstrating the Impact and ROI of Learning and Talent Development

    Organizational leaders need to perceive learning and talent development as an investment and not a cost. If leaders see these programs as a cost, they will control, reduce, or eliminate it, resulting in weak partnerships, diminished influence, decreased support, and reduced funding. However, if funders view these programs as an investment, they will maintain, enhance, and protect the budget. Are you prepared to show how your learning and talent development programs deliver business value? This session will show you how to measure and improve investments in learning and talent development programs and people at all levels of evaluation, including ROI. It will emphasize what executives (the funders) want to see and how to communicate the results to key stakeholders credibly.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Describe the framework used to demonstrate the value that matters, including ROI.
    • Use the alignment model to position programs for success.
    • Identify methods and techniques that make ROI work.

    Speaker: Patti Phillips, ROI Institute, Inc.
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: ROI
    Target Audience: Internal Practitioner, Director/Managers


    Improving Instructional Video Effectiveness: Insights Into Viewer Habits and Wants


    With more videos being used in learning and development, it’s important that they are effective and helpful. Video, like many forms of media, isn’t inherently good or bad, and its effectiveness depends on its design. During this session, you’ll review research to understand the characteristics of “good” videos, determine the components you should consider including in your videos and those you might want to avoid, and discover the elements that are critical to signaling to your viewers that they should invest time in viewing your video. Gain techniques and approaches to design and develop videos to ensure that they achieve your objectives.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Critically review how viewers video preferences impact their behaviors and potential impact to design decisions.
    • Learn the elements of video that keep viewers watching and what causes them to stop.
    • Discover the recommended length for videos and why that recommendation may not matter.

    Speaker: Matthew Pierce, TechSmith
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: Video
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Instructional Designer


    Mastering Participant Engagement: 3 Ways to Own the Room

    Want to continuously create massive participant engagement for any topic in your training program? Join this interactive session with a leading global expert on training facilitation to discover the tiny changes you can implement to make your training memorable, enjoyable, and transferrable.

    Applications on the Job:Apply the law of engagement to effortlessly engage participants regardless of the topics being taught.Implement high-impact, low-cost training activities that can be used for either in-person or virtual training.Use storytelling to make your content memorable.
    Speaker: Sardek Love, Sardek Love International
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Facilitation
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Facilitator/Trainer
  • Networking Reception
  • Meet to Eat
  • Registration and ATD Store Open
    Registration Hours
    7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. CDT

    ATD Store Hours
    7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CDT

  • Morning Keynote Session with Cath Ellis

    The Power of Accessibility

    In this eye-opening keynote, Cath Ellis will explain how she uses the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) accessibility principles and guidelines to create extraordinary learning experiences and how she uses this superpower to manage conversations with her clients. You will learn how accessibility aligns with every decision we make when designing learning solutions. Breaking down the misconception that accessibility is scary, Cath will discuss the legal and moral obligation that we have to the 15–20 percent of the world’s population who live with a disability.



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  • Education Sessions

    Present Like a Superhero (No Cape Required)

    Trying to connect with audience members can be a challenge of seemingly epic proportions. Attend this interactive session to practice a methodology used by the most effective speakers. New professionals will have a foundation to develop into world-class speakers, and seasoned presenters will walk away refreshed and renewed. Wearing a cape is 100 percent optional.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Learn how to avoid overwhelming audiences with too much information.
    • Identify ways to grab and retain audience members’ attention throughout your presentations.
    • Gain the skills to deliver any subject matter in a meaningful way.

    Speaker: Bridgett McGowen, BMcTALKS
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Presentation Skills
    Target Audience: Facilitator/Trainer


    Getting Started With Educational Chatbots

    You’re experiencing the power of artificial intelligence to automate many aspects of your daily life, so it makes sense to find ways to empower learners, customize content, and streamline training processes using the same technology. Chatbots are always available to answer students’ questions, explain assignments, and recommend additional resources. A well-designed bot adapts to each student’s needs through the powers of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Learn how to deliver a learning experience that takes advantage of the human brain’s desire for connection. It’s like having thousands of highly qualified teaching assistants available at all times.

    Applications on the Job:Understand the different ways chatbots are already supporting learning and development.Identify at least one way to implement chatbots in your organization.Access tools and resources to get started.
    Speaker: Marjorie Meacham, Learningtogo
    Track: Learning Technologies
    Area of Focus: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Decision Maker


    No Learner Left Behind: Accessibility & Inclusion in Practice

    When creating a digital learning experience or conducting virtual training, you often worry about the content and the technology but none of that matters if everyone in your audience can’t access your material. In this session, you will learn about accessibility and inclusion through the lens of laws and web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG).

    Applications on the Job:Apply WCAG to the work of TD professionals.Explore how various learning technologies including video editors, learning management systems, presentation software, and authoring tools can help create accessible content.
    Speaker: Cara North, The Learning Camel
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Developing Content and Materials
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, New Practitioner
  • Education Sessions

    Beyond Level 2: Designing Impactful Learning Programs With Evaluation in Mind

    Too often, evaluation is an end-of-process step at best or ignored at worst. Knowing the desired outcomes and impact from training is critical to inform more meaningful instructional design. Join this session to learn how to approach instructional design from an evaluation perspective and gain a model for designing more impactful programs by starting with the evaluation in mind. This knowledge will give you greater credibility, demonstrating the value you provide to the business leaders you support. This is a practical application session, so bring a learning program you are in the process of designing, will be designing, or think will be needed in the future.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Use evaluation tools to inform instructional design strategies.
    • Create learning activities that are linked to the desired impact.
    • Deliver an evaluation plan with every instructional design package.

    Speaker: Kristopher Newbauer, Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: Evaluation Metrics – What to Measure
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Instructional Designer


    Design Thinking

    Learning experience design goes beyond your course design. You’ve heard about design thinking in theory, but do you know how to apply design thinking into your everyday work? In this session, you will get hands-on with design thinking to learn the basic principles and apply them to your workflow.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Apply the design thinking process to your current workflow.
    • Define the tools, people, and spaces needed to run a design thinking session.
    • Use design thinking to improve the learning experiences you create.

    Speaker: Almira Roldan, AWS
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Design Thinking
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Director/Manager, Instructional Designer, New Practitioner


    The Future Is Now: Build Your Hybrid Learning Approach

    As trainers, we’re proving we can do it all. Now, we’re ready for our next great challenge: hybrid learning. Join this session to explore what it means to design and deliver hybrid learning. From assessing your organization’s readiness to building valuable experiences, develop your own custom plan to successfully tackle the hybrid learning challenge.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Connect hybrid learning strategies to greater talent development and organizational goals and objectives.
    • Design a customized hybrid learning plan.
    • Apply key hybrid learning tips and considerations to current and future projects.

    Speaker: Stephanie Hubka, Protos Learning, LLC
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Hybrid Facilitation
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Facilitator/Trainer
  • Lunch and Networking
    Lunch and Learn: Courting a Team: From Project Start to BFFs

    In this session, you will discover how to develop relationships with subject matter experts (SMEs), stakeholders, and teammates using your personality, a sense of humor, and down-to-earth communication methods.

    Speaker: Andrea Dottling, MEd, Co-Founder of IDLance
    Time: 12:15–12:45 p.m.
  • Education Sessions

    Level 3 Evaluations Made Simple, Credible, and Actionable

    Knowing whether participants apply back on the job what they learned in a training program is a critical issue for both L&D professionals and business executives. However, according to an ROI Institute research study, only 11 percent of CEOs reported receiving this type of information. So, why don’t more L&D departments conduct Level 3 evaluations? A frequent answer is because it’s too complicated. A second reason is that many L&D professionals lack the knowledge and skills needed to collect and analyze Level 3 data. During this informative, thought-provoking session, you will learn how to implement a revolutionary new easy-to-use Level 3 evaluation methodology that produces credible, actionable data.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Use facts from a recent ATD research study to benchmark the use of Level 3 evaluations in an organization.
    • Conduct focus groups using three key questions to collect the data needed to conduct a Level 3 evaluation.
    • Calculate the best-case, worst-case, and most likely-case training transfer percentages using the estimation technique.

    Speaker: Ken Phillips, Phillips Associates
    Track: Evaluating Impact
    Area of Focus: Learning Transfer
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Decision Maker


    Microlearning to the Rescue—A Framework for Success

    During this hands-on session, you will use a nine-step microlearning framework and problem-solving technique to develop your own microlearning design. This session will move beyond theory and into application. You will explore a real-life example that can be immediately applied, peer shared, and usable. Applying the concept of content deconstruction, you will get to the heart of the microlearning content. Walk away with the foundation for a completed microlearning framework, along with a variety of templates and tools to make microlearning creation easier and more impactful to employees and the business.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Identify the traits of effective microlearning content using the definitions and examples provided.
    • Gain the ability to deconstruct macro content into micro-sized “just-in-time” learning.
    • Leave with the confidence to talk with leadership about microlearning and how the modality can be used to augment training initiatives.

    Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Learning Rebels, LLC
    Track: Instructional Design
    Area of Focus: Microlearning
    Target Audience: Director/Manager, Instructional Designer


    Five Powerful Improv Exercises for Stronger Teams

    Improv training is a powerful and fun method to strengthen your team’s communication, agility, collaboration, and creativity in the workplace. In this session, you’ll participate in five exercises, learn how to implement the exercises back on the job, and engage in powerful debriefing questions to make learning relevant for your teams.

    Applications on the Job:
    • Explore the basic premise of improv training and how it strengthens individual soft skills and team collaboration.
    • Design and implement five improv exercises to address specific organizational learning objectives.
    • Facilitate debriefing questions after each exercise to translate learning to the workplace.

    Speaker: Viet Hoang, Pint Size Ideas
    Track: Training Delivery & Facilitation
    Area of Focus: Learning Activities
    Target Audience: All TD Professionals, Facilitator/Trainer
  • Closing Keynote Session with Devin Hughes

    Moving From Inclusion to Belonging: How to Shift From Intent to Impact

    Let’s face it: Our world is changing, and your organization should reflect those changes. Being aware of those around you and not only respecting them but having a genuine appreciation for them and their differences will create the kind of inclusive culture that is needed to drive an optimal employee experience. While basic research has shown that diverse and inclusive teams are better at problem-solving and fostering a global outlook, L&D professionals still struggle with building strategies for the modern workplace that maximize belonging at all levels. When advanced from a human and humane perspective, diversity challenges can become valuable opportunities for workplace inclusion, increased productivity, stronger team collaboration, and competitiveness amongst your market peers. Leaders who know how to cultivate positive emotion tap into an endless well of psychological capital—hope, optimism, confidence, resilience, and belief—that has the power to keep people and teams innovating, which creates value and more success even in tough times. You will leave this session with real, tangible, and actionable steps to build a better workplace culture, where employees can thrive, using a proven method for culture change.



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