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Learn From the BEST

Solving Business Challenges With Talent Development Strategies
October 3 | Washington, D.C.
MGM National Harbor

Learn From the BEST is a unique conference where practitioners are the presenters. BEST Award winners share their leading strategies and best practices with attendees, demonstrating how to transform the learning function into a key driver of performance, productivity, and profitability.

  • Find out what exceptional companies are doing differently.
  • Hear firsthand how BEST Award winners identify needs and use talent development programs to solve real business problems.
  • Ask questions and learn in a peer-to-peer environment unlike any other.
  • Gain insights that will benefit your work and your organization.
  • Utilize talent development to strategically drive enterprise-wide results.

Join us in Washington, D.C. at the new MGM National Harbor! Reserve your hotel room today in ATD's room block for the discounted rate! Click here to book.

Keynote Speaker: William Arruda
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    The Importance of Branding – Even the Learning Function – In The Digital Age
    A corporate branding veteran and accomplished entrepreneur, William is the founder and President of Reach, the global leader in personal branding with representatives in 49 countries and products that have been used by more than a million people around the world. He’s also the co-founder of CareerBlast.TV – a video learning platform for ambitious professionals. William believes that business is a truly human endeavor and has seen first-hand how personal branding ignites potential and bolsters trust, loyalty and engagement between an organization and its people. He’s passionate about helping global brands engage and activate their talent through the power of personal branding. American Express, Google, Gucci, IBM, J&J, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pepsi, Starwood Hotels and Target are just a few in a long list of clients.

    As a thought-leader, William is a spokesperson on personal branding, social media and leadership. He has appeared on BBC TV, the Discovery Channel and NPR and he’s been featured in 1,000+ publications including Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur. He is the bestselling author of the definitive books on executive branding, Ditch. Dare. Do! and Career Distinction and he writes a regular column for Forbes.

    William exudes optimism and a genuine belief in the power of the individual to achieve great things. He not only sees the glass as half full, he sees the potential for it to be overflowing.
Conference: Members $395 / Nonmembers $495
Awards Dinner: $200
Conference Agenda
  • Breakfast and Networking
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    William Arruda
    Welcome and Keynote
  • Concurrent Sessions
    Session Topics:
    • Becoming a Partner: Aligning to Business Goals
    • Design Thinking for Talent Development
    • Management Development Best Practices
  • Concurrent Sessions
    Session Topics:
    • Building a Talent Pipeline
    • Effective Learning Strategies for a Dispersed Workforce
    • Driving Employee Engagement through Learning
  • Lunch & Learn With GP Strategies
  • Concurrent Sessions
    Session Topics:
    • Instructional Design for Business Impact
    • Measuring What Matters: Communicating Learning Impact
    • Exploring AI, VR, and AR in Talent Development
  • Concurrent Sessions
    Session Topics:
    • Leveraging Tech for Learning: What Works
    • Leadership Development Best Practices
    • Next Generation Performance Management Practice
  • Book Signing
    Join keynote speaker William Arruda for a book signing of his book, Digital You!

MGM National Harbor
Reserve your room by September 10 to receive a discounted rate.

Located on the Eastern shore of the Potomac River, this brand new hotel and casino is just a short distance south of Washington, D.C. It boasts a modern, bold, and powerful design that draws inspiration from the capital’s monumental sense of place, and the strength and timeless qualities of its historical monuments.

What do previous attendees have to say?

"I was inspired by what others are doing."

"I would highly recommend this learning conference to anyone who has strategic planning responsibilities in their training and development office. I walked away with a ton of useful ideas and contacts. I had more applicable aha moments here then in other conferences I have attended."

"Hearing best practices followed by other BEST organizations was very useful. The Q&A with them provided valuable insights."

"I learned actionable approaches to real world challenges, made great contacts, and enjoyed a well organized event."

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Congratulations to Our 2019 BEST Award Winners!
Watch the Keynote From the Learn From the BEST 2018 Conference
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Think Your Organization Is One of the BEST?
Apply for a 2020 BEST Award! Application window opens on August 15.