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Government Workforce 2014 Highlights

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Thu Sep 11 2014

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Last week’s Government Workforce conference brought together hundreds of senior government learning and development leaders to discuss current and emerging trends and best practices across L&D landscape.

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Our 4th and latest conference was our most engaging and impactful. Some 50-plus government subject matter experts brought together hundreds of years of expertise, offering insight into cutting-edge practices for distributed/remote workforces, leadership development, informal learning, and managing the work function.

As promised, we dispensed with the PPTs—and got right down to business in our 16 sessions. The session moderators and audience members engaged with panelists to dig deep into their stores of practical advice. A number of participants mentioned that the “behind the scenes” detail  and “war stories” shared were some of the most beneficial aspects of attendance.

Some highlights:

  • Panelists recommended favorite books. For example, A Theory of Fun for Game Design by Ralph Koster, and Dave Meier's book, The Accelerated Learning Handbook, were cited as resources for great methods and concepts for participative learning using a somatic, audio, visual, and intellectual model.

  • We learned about Melanie Cohen of HUD’s TED- style talks. Check them out on Youtube. Click here to see one of her sessions.

  • Powerhouse keynote sessions from Director Katherine Archuleta, Bill Treasurer, and Sardek Love really got people talking.

  • Dozens of Tweets—almost 50—during and after the event!

  • Many great stories about people making connections during the sessions and throughout the networking breaks.

Some attendees managed to grab a person with an ATD badge to share how much they appreciated the conference. This is what they said:

  • “I was able to stay most of the day and was very impressed with the content of the conference and the attendees, who were very engaged in every session I attended. Your lunch speaker was fantastic, too—I was lucky enough to sit at his table for lunch. I know you put in a ton of work on the conference—thanks so much for making it a very productive day for me. I certainly can’t say that for all the conferences I attend.”

  • “I thought the conference was excellent in every facet. My colleagues commented similarly. I learned a great deal and I thank you very much.”

  • “Great job on the conference! I heard a lot of good buzz in the hallways and in the sessions I ran. I thought it was great and the sessions rewarding.”

Stay tuned for the learning to continue. In a few days, we will add video excerpts of conference highlights. In the meantime, continue the conversation with us by connecting with us on Twitter at ATDGov and join the ATD Government Community on LinkedIn to continue the conversation.

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