Communities of Practice (COP) 

Special DivisionsOur Los Angeles Chapter and its members are unique! From Santa Clarita to San Gabriel and Torrance, the geographic area that is part of our Los Angeles Chapter is very widespread. 

Our members are as diverse as the Los Angeles area. They are all passionate learning professionals, from organizational development experts to technical trainers and instructional designers.

The Communities of Practice (COP) are regional, Geographic Interest Groups (GIG), as well as topical, Special Interest Groups (SIG). They offer our members an easy, cost-effective, and efficient way of networking, connecting with the Chapter, and gaining valuable knowledge and skills.  

Interested in attending a meeting? Click here to register! 

We don't cover your favorite topic or your geographic area? Talk to us about starting your own Community of Practice. We're looking forward to talk to you. For more information on specific groups, see the information below.

 Special Interest Groups (SIG) Geographic Interest Groups (GIG)

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Organizational Development SIG

Meeting Time: 4th Thursday of every month (6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Meeting Location: West L.A. and occasionally in Alhambra, just east of downtown LA

Be strategic. Get the bigger picture beyond training! The OD group features speakers who address topics and lead discussions for both internal and external OD professionals and those interested in the OD field.  Our speakers lead lively discussions. Bring your questions and professional wisdom and join us!

For additional information, please contact Jonathan Troper, Scott Wimer and Kimberly Viray,

External Consultants /Trainers SIG

Meeting Time: Meeting currently on hold. Interested in being a leader? Complete our volunteer interest form: Click Here

Meeting Location:

We’re external trainers, consultants, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, internal trainers who plan to be external trainers some day, and people who just enjoy the interactions of a small group. We’re interested in getting visibility, finding clients, keeping multiple clients happy and being the most valuable and effective trainers we can be. Our meetings are open to all ATD-LA members and prospective members. We meet in a beautiful conference room close to the 405 in Torrance. We use a salon-style format. Each meeting starts with a short presentation, followed by discussion, and then we open it up for any requests for feedback or ideas. We are a small but lively group. We are always glad to share our ideas and experience and eager to hear your viewpoint. Please join us

Geographic Interest Groups (GIG)

Westside GIG Breakfast

Meeting Time: 2nd Friday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Meeting Location: West Los Angeles 

The Mission of the Westside Breakfast Special Interest Group is to provide a forum for learning, discussion, and networking for training professionals.  All are welcome!  Our only ground rule is to provide a "sales free" zone.  We meet on the 2nd Friday of every month from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in West Los Angeles. A wide range of topics are presented each month. We hope you will join us. 

Contact Angela Anable at for any questions.

South Bay GIG "Training Professional's Breakfast Meeting"

Meeting Time: 1st Friday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Meeting Location: Torrance, CA

These "Training Professional's Breakfasts" are friendly, interactive, and focused on professional development in the field of performance improvement. These meetings always end by 9:00 AM – so the rest of your day is still open.  Networking among internals and externals is encouraged and welcomed, though this is a "sales-free" zone.

Visit us and you'll also see why we enjoy our meeting space, generously provided by American Honda in Torrance.

Our Format

Our meetings use the GEMS Text Study RoundTable methodology.  We will spend a few minutes reading a selected text or article from leading publications on cutting edge ideas in our field.  We will then hear participants' thoughts and experiences on the topic, time divided equally among all present.

Check our calendar for more details.  For additional information, please contact Anthony Markovich:

Conejo Valley GIG

Meeting Time: 1st Friday of even-numbered months: Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., and Dec. 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Agoura Hills, CA

Conejo Valley is located at the eastern boundary of Ventura County and the western boundary of Los Angeles County.

For more information, contact: Ray Sullivan at

San Gabriel Valley GIG

Meeting Time: Meeting currently on hold. Interested in being a leader? Complete our volunteer interest form: Click Here

Meeting Location:

For all learning professional in San Gabriel Valley who would like to meet and learn from each other:  

Come and join the discussion!  We have a great time learning from each other.

Possible Future Topics List:  Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion, Is Training the solution?, The changing face of Technology, Taking charge of your career opportunities, and much much more. 

Santa Clarita GIG

Meeting Time: Meeting currently on hold. Interested in being a leader? Complete our volunteer interest form: Click Here

Meeting Location:

At our monthly meetings we have facilitator led discussions covering various topics which include Business Financial Intelligence, Change Management, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Facilitation Skills, Leadership, Online Learning, Presentation Skills, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Teamwork, Time Management, Work/Life Balance plus open to other subjects that are considered to be useful for the Learning and Development Professional.

Ready to network and develop at a COP?

Click Here for our COP Calendar to find and register for upcoming meetings. 

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

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