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ATD Conference Policies

Your Commitment to Speak

It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to speak at an ATD conference. By sharing your expertise, you make a valuable contribution to the profession's field of knowledge and to the individual learning of our participants. If you are selected, please view this opportunity as a commitment like any other and ensure that you are able to deliver the session by securing the support of your organization and managing your workload and clients to keep this time open. We understand that things do happen and appreciate your advance notice in the event of extreme circumstances that prevent your attendance.

Honoraria, Travel Expenses & Complimentary Registration

ATD is a nonprofit educational association with a responsibility to its members to carefully manage its resources.

Delivering a concurrent session at the ATD International Conference & Exposition is done on a voluntary, unpaid basis. All of the speaker's individual travel and living expenses are at his/her own expense.

ATD provides one complimentary full conference registration per session. Additional session speakers receives a Session ONLY Pass, which will provide admission to their session and to the Expo floor and they may register for the full conference at their own expense.

Preconference workshop speakers have the option of receiving a $600 honorarium for a one-day workshop or a complimentary conference registration in lieu of the honorarium.

Noncommercial Policy

ATD conference education programs are learning experiences first and foremost, and as such must be noncommercial in content and delivery.

Speakers must:

  • Avoid using brand names and endorsing specific products.
  • Eliminate any form of direct promotion of the speaker's product, service, or monetary self-interest.
  • Refrain from overt statements, harsh language, or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group.

Proposal Submission, Session Delivery and Speaker Limits

Proposal Submission
ATD continues to seek and provide a balanced slate of speakers with a diversity of backgrounds, viewpoints, and organizational affiliations.

Each individual or organization may submit up to two concurrent session proposals (includes Hands-on Learning and panels) plus one preconference workshop proposal. Any proposals submitted in excess of this limit will be deleted from the system based on the date of submission. Please submit your very best proposals and coordinate with your colleagues when submitting from large organizations. If a proposal is applicable in more than one track, please make a note in your description rather than submitting it multiple times.

Exceptions to these limits must be pre-approved by ATD.

Speaker Limits
The number of speakers is limited based on the session type.

  • Preconference workshops are limited to two speakers.
  • Concurrent sessions are limited to three speakers; two is preferred.
  • Panel sessions are limited to four panelists plus one moderator for a total of five speakers.

Session Delivery Limits

Most speakers will be limited to one concurrent session, with the exception of repeated sessions. Speakers may also serve on a panel in addition to delivering one concurrent session. Exceptions are at ATD's discretion.