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President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote Address at ATD’s 2018 International Conference & Exposition
Thursday, August 24, 2017
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(Alexandria, VA) August 24, 2017 – The Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest membership organization for professionals who develop talent in the workplace, is pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker on Monday, May 7 during its International Conference & Exposition in San Diego, California.

President Obama’s remarks will open the conference as ATD welcomes attendees to San Diego, and special events will continue throughout the week as ATD celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018.

The ATD International Conference & Exposition hosts more than 10,000 attendees from 75 countries. These professionals discuss best practices in developing the knowledge and skills of today’s workforce, new methods for delivering learning globally, and how to measure the impact of their work, among many other topics. ATD 2018 will feature:

  • more than 50 opportunities for preconference learning in ATD certificate programs
  • 300 education sessions and networking opportunities
  • sessions translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
  • content tracks covering career development, instructional design, human capital, leadership development, learning technologies, management, measurement/analytics, training delivery, and more
  • industry tracks for professionals in government, healthcare, higher education, and sales enablement.

The ATD International Conference features the largest EXPO dedicated to the talent development field, with more than 400 suppliers with the latest talent development tools and resources on hand to share and showcase their expertise.

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ATD 2018 will take place May 6-9 at the San Diego Convention Center. Registration is open online at www.atdconference.org and special preconference rates are available for a limited time. Follow ATD and updates about the conference on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter (#ATD2018).

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. Originally 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 U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit www.td.org.


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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