In 1943, 14 training professionals gathered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to form the American Society of Training Directors.
Since then, the world has changed in vast ways, and so have we as an organization, now called the Association for Talent Development.
ATD's members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports the work of professionals locally with more than 125 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.
For the past 75 years, we have supported those who develop talent in the workplace to help create a world that works better.
As we look back on our rich tradition and history, we are committed to enabling a bright future for our global community of talent development professionals.
Our professional development opportunities—courses, certifications, conferences, on-site trainings, and other offerings—pave the way for your career growth and the creation of learning cultures in your organization and beyond.
Our content provides trusted and vetted tools and trends for the industry through research, books, TD magazine, webcasts, resource centers, and more.
Our community showcases local leadership through our chapters, international partners, and member networks. We provide the opportunity to expand your network and grow your influence.
We believe that you can, and should, invest in yourself and in others. And we have the resources and expertise to help you achieve greater impact in your work.
We invite you to join our global ATD community.
Read more about the evolution of talent development.