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New ATD Handbook Offers Future-Focused Guidance to TD Professionals on Building and Navigating Their Careers


(Alexandria, VA) May 24, 2022—The Association for Talent Development (ATD) released ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development, third edition, edited by Elaine Biech, at the ATD 2022 International Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida on May 14. The handbook brings together 101 talent development (TD) thought leaders—a veritable who’s who in talent development—to create a comprehensive resource that will help talent development professionals navigate their careers.

“The Talent Development field has undergone monumental changes in recent years. Massive upskilling and reskilling of the workforce, shortages in available labor, changes in technology, among other challenges have demanded that TD professionals juggle the development priorities of learners, clients, organizations, and themselves; it has been an incredible feat,” states Tony Bingham, ATD president and CEO. “We wanted the third edition of the handbook to address the impact and ramifications of these major changes and provide guidance to TD professionals on developing skills for the future.”

Under the oversight of distinguished talent development and training expert, Elaine Biech, the handbook offers practical insights to help talent development professionals understand industry trends, how to focus on their own development, the best ways to move teams forward, and opportunities to contribute to the success of individuals and organizations.

“Our roles have expanded due to the pandemic, but they were already changing—
COVID-19 simply made them transform more rapidly. The handbook provides a definition of the changes, an understanding of why change was required, and some predictions for what you can expect in talent development in the future,” Biech comments. “All of these changes require a voice of reason, and the handbook answers that call. In its pages you’ll find the rationale to help you sort what’s important and what’s not, what’s new, and what’s the past rehashed.”

The eight sections, 57 chapters, and range of topics have been selected based on what trainers, facilitators, coaches, instructional designers, and others in the talent development field ought to know now and in the future. Among the distinguished contributors, TD luminaries provide context for each of the sections:

· Tacy Byham on the foundations of talent development
· Beverly Kaye on planning a career in talent development
· Bob Pike on training and talent development
· Elliott Masie on enhancing and supporting talent development
· Rita Bailey on forward-focused proficiencies and attitudes
· Kimo Kippen on expanded roles in talent development
· Ken Blanchard on aligning the learning function to the organization
· John Coné on talent development’s role for future success

With the purchase of the book, 90 online tools are available for download.



About the Editor

Elaine Biech, CPTD® Fellow, is a consultant, facilitator, and author of the Washington Post’s number 1 bestseller, The Art and Science of Training. With four decades of experience and 87 published books, ATD called her “one of the titans of the training industry.” She delights in supporting leaders to execute their vision, building teams to maximize their performance, and guiding organizations to address large-scale change. She is a dedicated lifelong learner who believes that excellence isn’t optional. Elaine is the recipient of numerous professional awards including ATD’s Bliss Award, Torch Award, Staff Partnership Award, and 2020 Distinguished Contributor. She served on ATD’s board of directors and executive board, CCL’s board of governors and executive board, and ISA’s board of directors. She received the WI Women Entrepreneur’s Mentor Award and ISA’s highest awards, the Spirit Award, and Thought Leader Award. As ATD’s first CPTD Fellow, Elaine is a consummate TD professional who has been instrumental in guiding the consulting and TD professions throughout her career.

About ATD and ATD Press


The Association for Talent Development is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD Press publications are written by industry thought leaders and offer anyone who works with adult learners the best practices, academic theory, and guidance necessary to move the profession forward. For more information, visit

ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development
ISBN: 9781953946348 | 960 Pages
To order books from ATD Press, call 800.628.2783.

To schedule an interview with Elaine Biech, please contact Kay Hechler, ATD Press senior marketing manager, at [email protected] or 703.683.8178.

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