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Leslie Odom Jr. to Keynote ATD 2023


The Tony and Grammy award-winning entertainer will be the closing keynote at ATD 2023.

(Alexandria, VA) January 12, 2023—Leslie Odom, Jr., a multi-faceted vocalist, songwriter, author, and actor will deliver the closing keynote at the Association for Talent Development’s 2023 International Conference & EXPO in San Diego, California, on May 24, 2023

With a career that spans all performance genres, Odom has received Tony and Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy and, most recently, two Academy Award nominations for his achievements in Broadway, television, film, and music. He gained recognition for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton, which earned him a 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in the same year.

Odom most recently starred in the critically acclaimed Amazon film adaptation of One Night in Miami, in which he performed the songs of legendary singer Sam Cooke. His portrayal of the soul icon and musical performance of the original song “Speak Now” was met with widespread praise and critical acclaim, earning him multiple award nominations.

He most recently starred in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to David Chase’s award-winning HBO series The Sopranos and hosted the CBS special live concert event, “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!”. Upcoming projects include Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated sequel, Knives Out 2, and David Gordon Green’s new Exorcist trilogy.
Odom’s 2018 book Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible.


The ATD International Conference & EXPO is the largest and best attended event for the talent development profession. The 2023 conference, which will be offered in person and virtually, provides world-class speakers, thought leadership, and unprecedented networking and collaboration opportunities.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit Follow conference activity with #ATD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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 100 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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