ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD’s members and associates come from more than 120 countries and thousands of organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the ATD staff of more than 100 serves our members and customers.
The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is a professional membership association that has served members of the training and talent development profession since 1943. Its 40,000 members come from more than 120 countries and thousands of organizations in the public and private sectors and from all industries. ATD employs a staff of more than 100 employees who use technology, creativity, and simple hard work to serve members and customers around the world. ATD is a convener of those in the training and talent development field. With high-impact information, tools, and research, ATD serves as an international leader in advancing the talent development profession. Its tangible products include world-class conferences, including the premier international event for the industry, smaller workshops that equip practitioners to increase their own effectiveness, online and print publications like the award-winning TD magazine, and books like Telling Ain’t Training, The New Social Learning, and Big Learning Data, that help link talent development to the bottom line of any organization. Learn more About Us.
ATD encourages involvement with all employees, generating ideas to drive revenue and reduce costs, all the while improving our value proposition and our service to the profession and society. We are high performing, and we dream big. We are tech savvy, constantly pursuing the next way to improve our products, services, and processes. We are successful, embracing high expectations---and energized by surpassing our goals. We are constantly learning and improving, and always stretching ourselves as we help our stakeholders to make a real contribution. We are risk taking---and we use our failures to our competitive advantage. We have fun while we work hard. Our work is meaningful, helping people and organizations grow, succeed, and see results. We are supportive and caring, helping each other to be successful. We are leaders, for ATD, for the profession, and for society.
Our culture is informal. There’s no dress code, and creativity flourishes. Impromptu ice cream parties or pizza for everyone during particularly hard stretches of work help keep the culture spontaneous and provide an occasional break from hard work.
The ATD Vision states, “Create a world that works better” and at ATD, we know that connecting our employees’ daily work to the organization's broader accomplishments is essential for success. Through AllStaff meetings, led by our CEO, and regular electronic communications, we articulate and share this mission with each employee, along with the goals of our company, to ensure our people have a sense of belonging and pride. Our CEO and senior managers set the bar high and show by example their commitment and passion for the organization. We strive to create a connection for each of our employees, including a bonus program tied to their accomplishments so that they know they are making a contribution to our purpose and success. At ATD, we try to create an environment of trust and autonomy that encourages creativity and motivation and allows our employees to work to their full potential without being micromanaged.
Being leaders in the talent development field, we know the value of providing our employees with the highest quality training opportunities and have established ATD University, which provides our employees with online, onsite, and offsite training opportunities. Focusing on the strengths and talents of each employee, we also encourage the development of their personal goals and provide them with growth opportunities, when possible, within the organization.
ATD cares for its people. This isn’t just a motto or passing focus. Every quarter, our CEO leads an AllStaff meeting to discuss our goals, strategies, and numbers. Suggestion boxes, meetings, and weekly newsletters are a few ways we share information with our employees, while always encouraging feedback and letting our employees know that their opinions are valued and a critical part of shaping the success and future of ATD.
At ATD, we are fully aware that our employees are the drivers behind the success of our organization: they make ATD work.
ATD looks to attract and retain candidates who will perform well and succeed both as an individual and as a part of a team and will propel ATD into the future. We seek employees who will consistently demonstrate reliability. We look for people who will speak up and communicate constructively in a positive manner and will share information openly and willingly and who look to contribute whatever they can to help their department and ATD achieve success. ATD employees need to have the ability to figure out ways to work together and cooperate to solve problems and to do so like it is second nature. This cooperation is evidenced by the success of our annual International Conference & EXPO, which is held in different cities around the country and attracts over 10,000 attendees from all over the world.
When their own work is done, ATD employees often respond to requests for assistance from other departments and they take the initiative to offer help. We look for candidates with this quality and those who are flexible and willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner.
At ATD, we look for potential employees who will care about their work, their department, and the organization and will show up every day with that commitment, knowing that their coworkers will do the same.
"We work hard while having fun" is another statement within our culture that we really mean! ATD encourages involvement not only in the profession but also internally. We encourage all “ATDers” to take advantage of the many fun opportunities and events that we offer, for the simple purpose of taking a moment away from their work to mingle and get to know one another. We understand it is hard for some employees to walk away from an important project to take part in a “fun” event. We realize the importance of giving everyone some time to take a step back and realize that we are all a team. By sponsoring these events, our goal is to increase the communication and camaraderie across different departments that might not interact on a daily basis.
Whether it is taking some aggression out on a piñata… a few crazy games of BINGO, being a kid again playing UNO…or just participating in a round of trivia---we put a lot of thought into how we can have every single person walk into the room, relax, and go away feeling refreshed and smiling!
A yearly holiday party, summer picnic, and numerous celebrations after our various conferences are all events where we show our appreciation of each other throughout the year.
Employment at ATD isn't just about a job---it's about our employees’ well-being.
How do we address that? With a variety of essential and fun benefits based on these core areas: Physical, Financial, Community, Social, and Career. Take a look at some (but not all) of what we offer and see for yourself!
At ATD, our employees are so important that “Care for our People” is one of our core business strategies.