Reflections on #ATDACEND Keynotes
The Florida Suncoast Chapter of ATD held its first ATDASCEND Conference Friday September 23rd. The bottom line assessment is that it was a clear check in the Win column, for several reasons.
- Unless you were told it was the first conference, you wouldn’t have guessed it. The organizers did a great job with all the logistics. Additional thanks to all the volunteers, and sponsors.
- Many conferences go through Orlando each year (ATD ICE usually comes through every few years, Masie and Training Magazine frequent the area, and Elearning Guild’s Learning Solution/Ecosystem conference is a yearly event). However, there hasn’t been many options for a Talent/HR/L&D conference with a strong regional focus. I was very pleased to see ATD’s Suncoast Chapter create one. It is great to see local peers of our industry to network.
- Keynotes and sessions I attended were quite good, and I heard positive buzz from other attendees regarding the sessions they attended.
- I also presented at the conference, and felt the support I received was good. I know another speaker used ATD ASCEND as her first speaking engagement at a professional conference, and she did great. I imagine this had a bit to do with the support from the ATD Suncoast staff.