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ATD to Convene the Global Training Community at the ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition


Angela Duckworth headlines the ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition, which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 29–September 1.

(Alexandria, VA) July 13, 2021—The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is redesigning its conference experience to give the global talent development community multiple ways to participate in the ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition. Along with the in-person event, August 29–September 1, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, there will be at least eight regional events around the world and a virtual component to give the entire TD community the opportunity to attend the world’s largest talent development conference.

The in-person conference, known as ATD21 HQ, will have a capped attendance and follow all recommended state and local health protocols. It will include more than 250 live sessions, an active EXPO floor, networking opportunities, and access to the virtual conference platform.

The ATD21 Regional Events—organized by ATD chapters, international partners, and others—will feature a live stream of select conference programming. In addition, each regional organizer will design a local program of events to meet the learning and networking needs of attendees.

The third option for ATD 2021 is a virtual conference called [email protected] Attendees will enjoy a live stream from the conference, which will include keynote speakers and 45 sessions from Salt Lake City. There also will be virtual-only content, exclusive speaker Q&As, and networking opportunities.

Bestselling author Angela Duckworth will open the event. Her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a number 1 New York Times bestseller. Her TED Talk, which is based on her book, is among the most viewed of all time.


Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of The Table Group, will speak on the second day of ATD 2021. His classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a fixture on national bestseller lists, and his most recent book, The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities, was released in February 2020.

Mel Robbins, international bestselling author of The 5 Second Rule and four number 1 audiobooks on Audible, will close out ATD 2021. Robbins is a television host, CNN contributor, and motivational speaker.

To learn more about the conference and register, visit


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. 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 US chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners.

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