The LinkedIn Learning Events You Don’t Want to Miss at ATD 2017

May 18, 2017

The 2017 Association of Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition is held in Atlanta this year. Here are the events you need to see the most.

The 2017 Association of Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta is almost upon us, the biggest conference of the year for talent development professionals. And the excitement level is palpable.

But here’s the deal. There’s a ton to do at the conference. Like, a ton. Sessions, events, mingling; it can become overwhelming.

So where do you go? What should you do? And sure, the sessions are great, but where are the great parties?

Well, we are here to help you out. While we might be just a bit biased, here are a few sessions and events that are sure to be the talk of the week.

LinkedIn Learning Networking Mixer

When and where: Monday, May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Thrive Restaurant

What: Conferences aren’t just about going to sessions – they are also great for networking. Plus, why not have some fun while in Atlanta?

So start your ATD experience off right at the chic Thrive Restaurant in downtown Atlanta for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Dr. Britt Andreatta on The Neuroscience of Teams

When: Monday, May 22, 1-2:15 p.m., Georgia World Congress Center, Sidney Marcus Theater;

Again on Wednesday, May 24, 8:15-9:30 a.m., Georgia World Congress Center, B311

Session Description: Much of today's work is powered by teams. In fact, nearly 90 percent of today's workers say that they spend a third to half of each day working in teams. Yet 86 percent of employees and executives cite a lack of effective teamwork and collaboration as the source of workplace failures. Add the challenge of remote teams and cross cultural communication, and it's no surprise that teams can make or break the competitive advantage of any organization.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience illuminate how we can build better and more effective teams. In this session, the speaker will share the latest research about the brain, and how to harness human biology to enhance collaboration, trust, productivity and engagement. We'll also explore why meaningful metrics of inclusion stem from working in groups. You'll leave this session with new strategies for building the professional capacity of teams across your entire organization.

Also, Andreatta will be holding a signing on Tuesday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m. of her new book, Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success.

Laurie Burruss on Learning About Learning: What We Know About How to Learn

When and where: Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m.; Georgia World Congress Center, B314

Session Description: Advances in neuroscience and cognitive sciences offer new clues as well as reinforce what we know from experience about how we learn. Continuous learning is a critical core competency across all types of organizations.

However, neither higher education institutions nor learning and development programs effectively build this competency at the organizational or individual level. Whether learning is informal or formal, teaching individuals and organizations the active nature of how people learn is key.

You will discover that self-awareness of how we learn as individuals and in teams becomes the springboard for change and innovative growth. This session will help you make learning meaningful, understandable and motivating by continuing exploration in the learning principles of engagement, connection, interaction, attention, memory and reflection.

Robin Hunt on Fostering Innovation to Achieve Mission-Critical Goals

When and where: Tuesday, May 23 at 3 p.m.; Georgia World Congress Center, B313

Session Description: As new federal, state and local administrations take office, and the speed of technology changes the way we work, it's important to create an environment where employees and agency leaders are empowered to bring forth new solutions. But what does innovation mean in a government setting? And how do we achieve innovation while operating within policies and laws?

In this session, the speaker will explore obstacles that often stall innovation within government agencies, and present solutions to help teams nurture innovation and collaboration to achieve shared goals. Together we'll explore what innovation means in the context of a government agency, how to build innovative practices among your team and what tools are available to help make innovation a reality.

Dr. Britt Andreatta on Creating a Growth Mindset Culture and Unlock Your Talent’s Potential

When and where: Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m.; Georgia World Congress Center, B315

Session Description: Your organization is up to big things and talent development is vital for achieving your goals. Building a culture of learning based on the growth mindset will yield all kinds of benefits, including increased performance and productivity, enhanced employee engagement and retention of your top talent.

You already have a culture of learning, but it may not be driving the results your talent is capable of and your organization needs. Learn how to design a robust and positive culture of learning that enables continuous improvement. Discover the neuroscience of potential and how to unlock people's natural hunger to learn and improve.

In this session, the speaker will share the latest discoveries about the brain, and how to harness human biology to bring out the best in your talent. She will show how creating a growth mindset culture and investing in learning will increase employee engagement, productivity and adaptability. Leave with new strategies for intentionally building the professional capacity of people across all functions of your organization.

*Image of Atlanta skyline from Tableanty, Flickr

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