Who We Are

The Association for Talent Development Los Angeles Chapter (ATD-LA) is a non-profit professional membership association. Our members are training, human resource development, and performance improvement professionals.

ATD-LA is a local chapter of The Association for Talent Development (ATD). Our chapter was founded in 1946 as the American Society for Training and Development Los Angeles Chapter (ASTD-LA) and has over 300 members.

Our Purpose


Empower local professionals to develop talent in the workplace


Providing local presence with the best practices in talent development.

What We Do

We provide local networking and professional development opportunities to Talent Development knowledge leaders, change makers, and newcomers in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

  • Visit our calendar to register for one of our upcoming networking and learning events. 
  • Click here to see our member-exclusive job listings. (Must be a current member and logged in)
  • Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. 

Who We Serve

Our members represent a diverse range of Talent Development professionals who contribute a wealth of knowledge, abilities, and expertise to our association in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Change Management
  • Coaching
  • E-Learning
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Design
  • Leadership Development
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Measurement & Evaluation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Talent Management
  • Training Delivery 
  • And many others

Our members work in a variety of industries and positions in organizations and government including:

  • Chief Learning Officers
  • College Administrators and Educators
  • Corporate University Managers
  • eLearning Managers, Designers, and Developers
  • Instructional Designers and Developers
  • Learning Directors and Managers
  • Performance Consultants
  • Presenters
  • Trainers, Educators, and Instructors
  • Training and Development Practitioners
  • Training Directors and Managers
  • And anyone charged with increasing workplace performance

Our History

  • 1946 - Established chapter and bylaws
  • 1990 - (circa) Train the trainer certification program launched by Mark Strunin
  • 1996 - ATD Los Padre Chapter folded into ATD LA with JoLynn
  • 1998 - First Special Division was established Mike Thompson and Steve Seagel
  • 1999 - Train the trainer certification program led by Debbie Newman
  • 2000 - Transitioned to upgraded membership database Wild Apricot
  • 2009 - Mentoring program launched by Harriet Cohen, Mike Baroff, Anthony Lewis and Jane Holcomb
  • 2013 - Advanced Presentation Skills launched by Tom Henschel
  • 2015 - Transition old ASTD-LA to new ATD-LA logo and branding
  • 2015 - CPLP virtual study group launched by Katrin Kaehler’s team
  • 2015 - Well attended Technology Conference led by Katrina Baker
  • 2016 - ATD National recognized chapter with Joint Membership Award
  • 2016 - 70th Anniversary celebrated at Talent Development Conference, led by Anthony Lewis' team
  • 2016 - Chapter of the Month Award
  • 2017 - Return of the Train the Trainer Certification Series, coordinated by Laurie Firestone Siedelman. Master facilitated by Camilla Heinzmann and Ann Kwinn.
  • 2019 - Chapter of the Month award led by President-Elect Kavita Gupta
  • 2020 - Reinstituted Mentor Program and Chapter Awards
  • 2021 - Launched KG Talent Development Grant under leadership of President Kavita Gupta 

Get Involved

Click here to join now! Your development is at the heart of our profession. 

ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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