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Remembering Jay Cross

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We lost a champion. The unexpected passing of Jay Cross has many in our community reeling, not only because he’s no longer with us, but because there’s now a giant hole where the passion, intellect, and drive of Jay lived within our community.

Jay contributed enormous amounts of thought leadership to all of us. He was a prolific writer and ATD was fortunate to publish some of his work. But his contributions to the field were more profound than what was captured in print. Jay raised the bar. He challenged assumptions, and challenged the rest of us to see beyond the present to imagine what the future of learning could be. I was privileged to have many conversations with him and to learn from him.


Others in our field are sharing their reflections of Jay and his work, and you can read many of them via the blogs of David Kelly and Clark Quinn.

On behalf of the ATD community, thank you Jay for all you gave to all of us. You helped create a world that learns better. We will miss you.

About the Author

Tony Bingham is the president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. Tony works with a staff of 130, a Board of Directors, and a worldwide network of volunteers to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace. 

Tony believes in creating a culture of engaged, high-performing teams that deliver extraordinary results. Deeply passionate about change, technology, and the impact of talent development, his focus is on adding value to ATD members and the global community of talent development professionals. He believes that aligning talent development efforts to business strategy, while utilizing the power of social and mobile technology for learning, is a key differentiator in business today.  

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