Training professionals from around the world will gather in Denver this month for The Association for Talent Development’s annual International Conference and Exposition known as ICE. I’ll be there, too, I am a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Conference – I helped select the speakers for the concurrent sessions.
As a conference, ICE is a program of four days of concurrent sessions, three keynotes and multiple pre-conference sessions and certificate programs. This year’s keynotes are visionary Simon Sinek, Professor Brené Brown, and CEO of Trendhunter.com, Jeremy Gutsche. These promise to be uplifting and encouraging sessions, and I look forward to every word. You can get more information on the keynoters and their presentations at http://www.atdconference.org/Speakers2/Keynote.
My primary reason for attending ICE (besides seeing friends and making new contacts) is the concurrent sessions. There will be over 300 education sessions covering all aspects of the Talent Development profession, from needs assessment to evaluating events to continuing professional development. There are tracks supporting fields from academia to management. My favorite sessions are those where I learn to see a topic differently or where I get to try a new experience. Unfortunately for me, there are too many of those to attend during the conference. Many sessions will be recorded and available to conference attendees, so I’ll get to continue the experience after the event.
Another major part of the event is the Exposition. With over 400 vendors, the Expo promises to have a whole slew of useful products. Personally, I enjoy meeting book authors and looking for new ways to help people learn. Long-time readers of this blog will know that learning is my real passion. With 400+ vendors, I’m sure I’ll find new tools and ideas I can use.
I will be taking part in two aspects of the Conference this year. I chose not to apply to speak, but instead I’m helping with the newcomers’ orientation and providing “speed coaching” as part of a program called “Instant Insights.” Conference attendees are invited to spend time with experts to gain their Instant Insights on topics ranging from the future of “training” to consulting. If you come to the conference, be sure to attend an Instant Insights session.
I will be seeing friends from India, Japan, and Mexico there, too. ICE is truly a worldwide conference and learning what people around the world do in the L&D field is fascinating. Sometimes, I learn things I can try when I teach in North America, and sometimes I learn what to do (and not to do!) when I teach in other countries.
You are right if you think I’m looking forward to the conference. If you go, look me up. If you can’t go, and you want to see in real time what people are saying about sessions, keynotes, and the Expo, follow the hashtag #ATD2016.