ATD Strengthens Its Presence in Colombia

Monday, July 22, 2019

ATD’s International Conference and Exposition is always a significant experience for talent development professionals, especially for those who attend from abroad. It’s the event of the year, with everything one could possibly wish for in a single place.

Unfortunately, many companies strictly limit international business travel, and some people are a bit daunted by such a large conference presented in another language.

Conversations among the ATD Global team and several Latin American delegation leaders at the 2019 conference led the organization to strengthen its presence in Latin America by reaching out to talent development professionals in Spanish, their native language.

One such initiative is ATD’s virtual presence in Bogotá, Colombia, will launch on July 25, 2019. Gabriela Ammatuna, a global content and regional manager, will present highlights from ATD’s recent research report Organizational Performance Improvement Methods and Skills to Drive Business Success.


The presentation will be part of a rollout of a new learning community in Bogotá for organizational learning and development executives, sponsored and managed by PyB and Formactiva. The community’s first chapter, sponsored by Formactiva, was founded in Medellín more than two years ago. It has more than 200 active members employed by important national and international companies based there. Due to the community’s excellent experience in its home city of Medellín, PyB joined Formactiva to duplicate the experience in Bogotá.

This learning community is a collaborative effort that offers face-to-face events and virtual activities to keep its members on the cutting edge of the L&D profession. In addition to receiving the latest high-quality information, members can use the community to seek advice and exchange best practices with colleagues, receive special discounts and benefits, and consult the job bank.

In addition to the virtual presence of ATD, the community rollout on July 25 will also feature a presentation by PyB, “Making Learning and Performance Part of Your Organization’s Strategy,” as well as a hands-on activity, “Navigating Change,” led by Formactiva. Attendees will learn more about the community and discover how to use its many characteristics for their professional growth.

The PYB Formactiva Learning Community welcomes ATD to the rollout.

About the Author

Debra McKinney spent most of her professional career in corporate training and previously worked in education. She is active in talent management and development professional groups and taught part-time in university programs for many years in addition to speaking engagements and consulting. She is fluent in English and Spanish and high-intermediate level in spoken Portuguese. Debra’s areas of expertise and interest include knowledge management, evaluation and measurement, talent development and performance, applied research, translation, and writing.

Debra McKinney se ha desempeñado durante más de cuarenta años en los campos de la educación y la formación corporativa en Colombia, su país de residencia. Sus áreas de interés profesional incluyen evaluación y medición, formación de docentes, desempeño humano, gestión del conocimiento e investigación. Ha sido profesora universitaria, conferencista en congresos nacionales e internacionales, participante activa en asociaciones profesionales nacionales e internacionales, consultora en temas de formación corporativa, traductora de numerosos artículos y libros, y autora de ensayos profesionales y material didáctico. Lleva treinta y dos años vinculada al Grupo Empresarial Bolívar, y actualmente es Directora del Centro de Formación Gerencial del mismo grupo.

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