The new year brings new opportunities for organizations all over the world, and the Association for Talent Development (ATD) is no exception. We have several new offerings and products planned to launch in 2015, and the first is our new community of practice focused on healthcare.

Our responsibility as your professional association is to support you in the work you do. Our community of practice model helps us better serve the broader profession's needs by sharing vetted, relevant, and meaningful content, resources, and engagement with a community of like-minded peers.

We are launching the Healthcare Community of Practice because we have a significant number of members who work in this sector and whose needs and challenges are unique. The healthcare landscape is rapidly evolving; executives, providers, managers, and trainers are working to create next-generation healthcare environments while facilitating cultural change and managing complex organizational and regulatory demands.

The Healthcare Community of Practice is for healthcare network and practice administrators tasked with meeting critical talent development needs. Chief operating officers, chief talent development officers, chief learning officers, and other members of the administrative suite, as well as talent development professionals, healthcare providers, and managers, will find a wealth of resources—from publications to education events and networking opportunities—that will help them succeed in a challenging industry.

An example of such content is this month's feature article by Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, and Gianrico Farrugia. It is based on their book Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast. These practitioners from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation have some game-changing insights to share. Even if you don't work in the healthcare profession, this article is worth the read.


We've been putting together the framework for this community for nearly two years with the help of several experts who work in the healthcare profession. I'm grateful to all of them for their steadfast effort and dedication to ensure that this community offers excellent content that will positively affect the work of community members.

Our Healthcare Community of Practice will launch at the end of January and we encourage you to get involved. The easiest way to make sure you are on top of all of the community news is to subscribe to the monthly newsletter and follow the community on Twitter (@ATDHealthcare).

Here's to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015.