The 2007 International Conference & Exposition will
be another learning-filled event with new sessions and
new speakers as well as returning popular speakers and
more repeated sessions. You can view
session descriptions here. Innogizer sessions
will be back as well as the View from the CLO and Legends
New features this year are International Perspectives,
which includes the former International Forums and also
highlights sessions of global interest or delivered by
international speakers. For 2007 we are introducing Learning
Labs. These informal learning opportunities will revolve
around a facilitated discussion for a specific target
audience and include a wiki to use technology for both
social networking and content-sharing. The wiki will be
available prior to the conference to get the discussion
rolling. Watch for more information on how to join the
In addition to the nine tracks, we’ve added another
category—the Learning Approach. This designation
shows the focus of the session, such as Case Study, Experiential/Interactive,
Innovation, or Future Outlook. We have also replaced the
Experience Levels with Target Audience to better identify
who should attend the session.
ASTD Schedule Builder
This online feature allows you to view all session descriptions
and speaker profiles and sort educational offerings based on
a variety of criteria. You can also create your own personal
itinerary. Once you click on an offering and add it to your
personal itinerary and save it, you can update and print it
as a navigation tool for the conference. In addition, your selection
of particular offerings allows ASTD to track interest in the
sessions and plan handouts and room size according to interest.
Please note that using the Schedule Builder
does not sign you up for sessions. All conference sessions are
on a first-come, first-served basis. Only pre-conference workshops
require advance sign-up.
here for instructions on how to use Schedule Builder
ASTD Certificate Programs provide practical content presented
by expert practitioners and time for skill-building with your
peers. Enhance your competitive advantage and advance your professional
development. Certificate program fees are in addition to the
conference registration fees. Advanced registration is recommended,
many certificate programs sell out weeks in advance.
More about Certificate Programs.
General Sessions are an opportunity for all conference participants
to come together and learn from notable thought leaders whose
work challenges our assumptions and widens our horizons. Presenters
offer insight and inspiration on a range of topics of interest
to participants. General Sessions are scheduled for Monday and
Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday from 3:00-4:15
More about the General Session Speakers.
As a special feature in Atlanta, we have invited three pioneers
and prophets of the field of workplace learning and performance
to make presentations. This year's Legends met the following
criteria: wide, international name recognition and stature in
the field; enduring impact and influence; originality of ideas;
a career of sustained currency: work done more than five years
ago is currently discussed, applied, and adapted; a substantive
body of published work; a contribution that raises the visibility,
credibility, and stature of the field. To view the session description
and personal profile, click on the name below.
More about the Legends Series.
These are speakers whose sessions were exceptionally popular
at the 2006 conference and have been invited to return and reprise
their topics, or offer new ones, which offer substantive or
innovative content with a positive impact on people and the
profession. Some of the showcase sessions will be repeated to
allow for maximum participation.
More about the Showcase Speakers
View from the CLO
The View from the CLO series features leading CLOs from various
industries and organizations. Each will share from his or her
experience leading at the top of the profession. You will hear
how they got there and what they’re doing in their organizations
that make them so valuable.
Ed Cohen, Satayam, India
David Vance, Caterpillar
Ed Betof, Bectin Dickinson
More about View from the CLO.
Preconference Workshops are offered for an additional fee.
One-day workshops are offered on Saturday prior to the start
of the conference. These interactive programs are typically
more hands-on than the concurrent education sessions and are
an ideal way to develop new skills or gain new perspectives,
while focusing on a topic in-depth.
More about Preconference Workshops.
For 2007 the Conference Planning Committee and ASTD staff combined
their collective expertise with attendee evaluation feedback
and results from a survey of past attendees to develop a comprehensive
program of topics to meet your needs. Topics are categorized
as Core (the basics); Hot/Current (new and in focus right now);
and Future Outlook/Trends (what is coming in the next 3-5 years).
The nine tracks are:
Planning and Talent Management
and Delivering Learning
and Management Development
as a Business Strategy
& Professional Development
This layer is designed to focus
the program at a greater depth within each track. See below
for detailed descriptions of each.
Includes topics that have been recognized by an outside body
or been nominated or received an award including ASTD Award
A Case Study is a first-person
account of a project, initiative, or program from it’s
inception to the end result.
Sessions showing how organizations
are applying the ASTD Competency model in part or in its entirety.
Core Topics are those that
are the nuts and bolts of the Workplace Learning and Performance
field. These are the topics that make up the backbone of the
field and speak to the new as well as the seasoned practitioner
who wants a refresher or has changed roles.
These are sessions which substantially depart from the lecture/presentation
model and use creative ways to incorporate hands-on learning
both as a topic and by modeling the concept being presented
in the session.
These sessions exemplify the most
advanced thinking about the Workplace Learning and Performance
field and discuss trends in an applied way—that is,
showing how these trends and outlooks will likely have an
effect on those who work in the field.
These sessions includes topics which are relevant to attendees
working in multinational organizations as well as international
participants and cite a broad range of examples from countries
and regions around the world.
Hot Topics are the things that everyone is talking about now
in the Workplace Learning and Performance field. These are
the topics that everyone wants to discuss, learn about, and
figure out ways to apply the information in their own workplace
or to get ahead of the learning curve.
Session topics highlight an innovation and show how it can
be used by participants in their own workplace. It may be
a new application or new spin on a familiar subject; or a
core topic with a fresh treatment or totally new ideas which
are gaining ground in the field.