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About Us

Association for Talent Development (ATD-LA), which is formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development - Los Angeles Chapter (ASTD-LA) was founded in 1946 and now has over 300 members, about 40% of whom are also members of National ATD. ATD-LA is a leader in helping individuals and organizations in the field of Human Resource Development to maximize workplace learning and performance.

Our Local Chapter focuses on:
  • Empowering individuals and organizations to anticipate and successfully manage change. 
    Providing a forum for the exchange and discussion of professional issues and information.
  • Attracting nationally recognized and respected professionals in HRD and related areas for active involvement
Our Vision
  • Providing best practices in workplace learning and performance.
Our Mission
  • ATD-LA enables trainers, consultants and organizations to continually improve their learning and performance improvement interventions by offering diverse programs, partnering, networking and volunteer opportunities for its members.
  • As a professional service organization, ATD-LA is dedicated to disseminating leading-edge HRD knowledge. We develop and provide for skills, ideas, methods, and networking forums to address the needs of our membership and design and implement methods to assure that organizations achieve their strategic objectives in an ever changing environment.
  • As a non-profit service organization, we are committed to being quality-oriented and fiscally responsible while actively marketing our services. ATD-LA membership encompasses practitioners with a broad range of skill levels and functional orientations and others committed to and impacted by the practice of HRD.
  • The focus of our activities includes vision and leadership, the opportunity to develop and hone those skills through in-depth, uniquely tailored programs, events, materials and volunteerism and the opportunity for professional interaction through internal and external partnering and networking.
Our Values


  • Training and development skills
  • Honesty, integrity and ethics
  • Continual Growth
  • Diversity
  • Open and Honest Communications


  • Fiscal responsibility
  • History and documentation
  • Development and adherence to guidelines
  • Accepting responsibility for identifying and completing tasks

Member Satisfaction

  • Assessment and recognition of the diverse needs of all members
  • Partnering for mutual benefits
  • Evaluation of our ability to serve needs

Optimal Utilization of Resources

  • Teamwork and Synergy
  • Collaboration of general membership, special divisions, committees, and board members
  • Sharing knowledge, experience, and backgrounds

Visionary Practices ~ Intentionally Shaping the Future

  • Proactive policies
  • Open to new approaches and ideas
  • Risk taking
  • Creative leadership

ATD-LA serves as an open forum for developing professional relationships and exchanging ideas and information. Our diverse membership - from the novice to the experienced - participates in Chapter offerings that are cutting edge, exceptional quality, varied in format, the best value, and fun.

ATD-LA leadership is made up of high performing, qualified individuals who share a vision of possibilities and action as well as accountability to agreed upon standards. Our leadership is committed to providing quality services and products ensured by evaluation processes. It demonstrates outstanding teamwork in achieving goals, supporting member participation, and recognizing member contributions.

ATD-LA fully and effectively utilizes internal and external resources through full participation, quality standards, continuity, and budget control. We maintain consistent fiscal growth through sound business practices including goal setting, performance planning ensuring alignment, shared and individual accountability, and continuous monitoring.

The emergent ATD-LA culture embraces a commitment to valuing differences, the ability to disagree, shared resources, camaraderie and enjoyment, full use of technology, and results orientation.

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