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ATD 2021 International Conference Offers 3 Ways to Participate

Published Tue Feb 23 2021


The in-person event will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 29–September 1.

(Alexandria, VA) February 23, 2021—The ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition has moved its location from Los Angeles, California, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The event dates remain the same, August 29–September 1, 2021, and attendees have the choice to attend in person or virtually.


“Due to a number of circumstances, including continued strict limitations on group gatherings in California, it became clear that it would be difficult to gather in L.A. for the conference,” says Apryl Alexander-Savino, director of conferences for ATD. “Salt Lake City and the Salt Palace Convention Center have agreed to host ATD 2021.”

ATD is redesigning the conference experience to give the global talent development community multiple ways to participate in ATD 2021. Along with the in-person conference, there will be a regional event and a virtual component to give the entire TD community an opportunity to attend the world’s largest talent development conference.

Nicknamed ATD21 HQ, this in-person conference will have a capped attendance and follow all recommended CDC safety protocols. It will include more than 250 live sessions, an active EXPO floor, networking opportunities, and access to the virtual conference.

With restricted travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ATD created ATD21 Regional Events. This conference experience will be organized by ATD chapters, international partners, and others, and it will feature a live stream of select conference programming. In addition, each regional organizer will design a local program of events to meet the learning and networking needs of attendees.

The third option for ATD 2021 is a virtual conference (ATD21 @Home). Attendees will enjoy a live stream from the conference that will include keynote speakers and 45 sessions from Salt Lake City. There will also be virtual-only content, exclusive speaker Q&As, and networking opportunities.


To learn more about the conference and to register, visit atdconference.td.org.

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led US chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners.

For more information, visit td.org.


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