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Connect and Learn Through Collaborative Sessions at ATD 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

One of the unique offerings ATD provides is the Forum, a consortium of senior talent development leaders that come together to connect, collaborate, and share learnings. The Forum helps organizations benchmark, network, collaborate, and share lessons learned and next practices with one another to advance business results within their own company. It’s a way companies can get a head start on initiatives and challenges within their own organization—because of the network and experience they have access to. All of this happens within a confidential environment where no vendors, consultants, or selling can take place.

The Forum has a diverse group of companies that participate, including Fortune 500, nonprofit, global, and government organizations. Most of the approximately 60 member organizations are ahead of the curve and realize employee capability and engagement are the way to competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Companies learn most effectively with and from peers, so all of the Forum’s sessions are peer-led. The same will hold true at ATD 2019, where the Forum will showcase its networking and idea-sharing prowess with a series of five sessions.

The first four (on Monday and Tuesday) are experiential and hands-on. The general content is the same, but the presenters will change. These sessions will focus on using the persona profile and metaphor cards as tools for senior learning professionals. Attendees must RSVP for the first four sessions. The last session in the Forum series (held on Wednesday) will be a case study from Forum member Accenture on some of the research it has done and shared with the Forum.


The Forum’s sessions will exemplify its tagline of connecting, collaborating, and sharing. The sessions are designed to encourage networking among the attendees, as they collaborate with one another and subsequently share their experiences and lessons learned with one another through their interactions. They also gain familiarity with a given tool, so they can add it to their portfolio and put it to use when they return to their own organization.

To RSVP to the Forum sessions, visit

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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