Join us at our 15th annual Utah ATD Conference!

Early bird registration available through Labor Day

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All workplace learning, talent development, HR , and coaching professionals are invited to participate in this great conference.
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 October 4, 2018
7:30 AM–4:00 PM
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Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W 3100 S
West Valley City, Utah 84119


Conference registration includes:

  • Keynote talks
  • Breakout sessions
  • Access to local and national vendors at the Conference Expo
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Networking opportunities
  • Lot's of fun!!!

2018 Conference Pricing

Early Bird/Standard

Utah Chapter/Sister Chapter Member  Rate $125/$150 
Public Rate $200/$225
Student Rate $105/$130
SHRM Member Rate  $150/$175
Group (3+) Rate—Per Person $135/$160


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Breakout Sessions

Follow a learning track (or mix and match) during our four breakout sessions!

Instructional Design
  Sarah Hanisko, The Imagineering Method for Brainstorming
Disney's Imagineers are known for their creativity and brainstorming prowess. In this session, you'll see the history of the Disney brainstorming process and practice techniques employed by creators at Disney. This presentation uses information from The Imagineering Way and The Imagineering Workbook.
  Shannon Herrera and Cynthia Loveland, Stories That Stick: Storytelling as a Memory Aid
Storytelling is a great way to make complex ideas more relatable. When we create connections through plot, characterization, and conversational sentence structure, we engage thinking, emotions, and imagination. This allows learners to retain more information than the chalk and talk method while tapping into their long-term memory, where learning occurs. This session looks at how we can incorporate aspects of storytelling to help make our eLearning more memorable and relevant to learners.

Jen Milner, Creating Better Scenarios
Scenarios are an effective way to make your training more relevant to learners, but good scenarios take time and skill to develop. In this session, we'll discuss different ways that you can use scenarios in your training. We'll use Bloom's Taxonomy to determine when to use each approach. Then we'll look at the components of effective scenarios and how you can work with SMEs to create them.

Juli Weber, Training Design with a Global and Cultural Twist
Creating connection with every learner in the room is the goal for all trainers. But how do you overcome cultural stumbling blocks? Have you ever said something inadvertently offensive or just insensitive? Or is that just your worst nightmare? Increases in ethnic, religious, cultural, and even age differences are flooding our organization, even if we don't do business outside of our country's borders. Now is the time to be thinking about and implementing global perspectives and awareness into our work. This session will review theories of global dimensions that influence how we think and work based on deep-rooted values. We will also explore some what-not-to-dos in training as well as discuss ideas and ways to increase learner connections by asking questions, raising our own personal awareness, and helping everyone feel more comfortable.
Training Delivery
Doug Grose, Applying Adult Learning Principles to Instructor-Led Training
Wary stakeholders. Tricky learning objectives. Rigid compliance content. While we'd love to deliver meaningful learning experiences based on solid adult learning (or androgogical) principles, we don't often get to apply them, for any number of reasons. But maybe there are more opportunities than we realize . . . 
In this session, we'll identify opportunities to incorporate androgogical principles into our learning experience, but how we get there will be up to us. Want to review a case study? Cover some basics? Try a group activity? Discuss and share ideas? We're adults—we'll figure it out.

Todd Wente, Jazz Up Your Delivery!
Are you familiar with jazz music? Scary, exhilarating, challenging, interesting, and unique are words that are sometimes used to describe it—and that's just from the listeners. But jazz music has some lessons for trainers, including an understanding of improvisation, trust, focus, and synergy. This presentation will explore these ideas and provide some tools for integrating the lessons directly into training projects currently in development.
Managing Learning Programs & Integrated Talent Management
  Jared Evans, Building Effective Curriculums for Professional Development
When creating training plans, it can be tempting to create a one-size-fits-all training plan to save time and money. But research shows that if your goals are to foster real learning, incite behavioral change, and promote corporate values and culture, training must be thought of as—and planned to be—an enjoyable journey instead of a necessary means to an end.
  Benjamin Hughes, How L&D Energizes the Talent Management Revolution
Current and future leaders of the learning and development function must constantly learn how to help their organization accomplish business results. When we help business leaders integrate talent management practices into everyday work, we help generate results through world-class talent acquisition, engagement, development, retention, promotion, and more. This session draws on the material and case studies of the ATD Integrated Talent Management certificate program and best practices and lessons learned from Utah companies.

Sara Vandermolen, Pulling It Together: Creating a Successful Training Event
You're tasked with pulling together a learning event. Do you feel ready?
In this session, you'll get the inside scoop on what it takes to plan a successful event, including tasks, timelines, strategies, and budgets. You'll walk away with an in-depth understanding of the planning process as well as a variety of templates for your own use.
The Variety Pack Track
  Bruce Bennett, Solving Kirkpatrick's Level 3: How to Measure Training Impact
Can you show how your training contributes to success? Proving long-term training impact has been nearly impossible—until now. We will examine the Kirkpatrick model and why most organizations can't get to Level 3. (Kirkpatrick calls Level 3 the missing link between training and results.) Then we'll explore a new model that provides the three questions and simple tools you need to answer in order to measure Level 3.
  Tasha Matsumoto, Artificial Intelligence. Real Knowledge.
How can instructional designers leverage social media to provide micro-courses to learners on their favorite apps? Rather than begging for your learners to come to you you, go to where they already are: Facebook, Twitter, even their text messages. This presentation will demonstrate how to implement a comprehensive learning curriculum within chat bots. We'll walk through a use case for Apple Business Chat, where TD Ameritrade offers twelve micro-courses on finance topics (with free trades as an incentive for completion). This presentation is for innovation-driven instructional designers interested in new learning delivery methods.

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Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor Pricing

See and be seen as a sponsor or exhibitor at the only Utah ATD conference.
Over the past few years, our conference has been growing. We have seen 140+ attendance, and we expect there to be even more this year. All our sponsors receive high visibility as attendees walk past your booth to get to every session. We also provide ample time for our attendees to visit booths.  There is plenty of advertising through our website, conference app, and presentations leading up to the event. 
Check out what you get when you sign up as a sponsor, and then use the Register button at the bottom of the page to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the conference.   
  Conference Sponsor (2)
Track Sponsor (4)
Booth Exhibitor
Expo booth space X X X
Conference registration 4 2 1
Featured in conference emails and promotions X X  
Ad on conference app X    
Logo and link to website on sponsor/exhibitor page X X X
Promotional PowerPoint slide in general session slideshow X    
Organizational introduction before one keynote address X    
Organizational introduction before each presentation of sponsored session   X  
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