The Top 5 Learning & Development Conferences to Attend in 2019

Emily Meade
Posted: January 23, 2019

Conferences are the place to be. Why? Because they provide the opportunity to network with fellow professionals and gain information tailored to your specific field. The hard part is deciding which conferences might suit your unique needs and which ones are worth your time and budget. Regardless of your role in the learning and development world, we’ve narrowed it down to the top learning conferences to attend in 2019.

ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition — If you’re in the industry, there’s no doubt that the annual ATD conference is the place to be. With over 10,000 professionals from all over the world in attendance, the schedule for events is one you won’t want to miss. This year’s conference is to be held in Washington D.C. with keynote speakers Oprah Winfrey, Seth Godin, and Eric Whitacre. As if that isn’t impressive enough, there will also be over 300 breakout sessions and 400 exhibitors covering industry topics. Jump-start your career growth and take advantage of special workshops, certification prep, and education programs.

Date: May 19-22
Register here
Early bird discount ends on 2/8!

Related: 4 Steps to Convince Your Boss That #atd2018 Is the Place to Be

SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition — Calling all HR professionals: This one is for you! The Society for Human Resource Management hosts a jam-packed weekwith nine tracks for attendees. Focus in on workplace strategy, business acumen and metrics, compliance, global HR, leadership, communication, talent, compensation, and benefits to create a robust HR department. This year’s conference will be held in Las Vegas, so we’ll save you rolling the dice in trying to decide if this one is worth your time — it is! Our very own HR department attended last year and had only good things to say.

Date: June 23-26
Register here
Register by 2/1 to save $460 with preview rates!

Related: #SHRM2018 — Our Favorite Sessions and What We’re Most Excited For

CLO Exchange — Our team attended the last two CLO Exchanges, and we can honestly speak to the success of this event as both attendees and vendors. All chief learning officers should consider a CLO conference to network with other CLOs and vendors who can serve them with necessary resources to get the job done. With an extensive speaker lineup, attendees can expect insightful panel discussions, masterclasses, brainstorm discussions, and a networking dinner with top CLOs in the industry. We plan to attend both CLO Exchanges in August and December. Will we see you there?

Date: August 18-20 & December 2-4
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Training Industry Conference and Expo — As they say, “The right size. The right focus. For the learning leader.” The Training Industry focuses on building effective leaders in the corporate learning and development world. Its smaller attendance than ATD makes this a highly interactive conference where you can expect to collaborate and create strategies to overcome organizational obstacles.

Dates: June 17-19
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Learning Solutions 2019 Conference & Expo — This eLearning Guild conference is your one-stop shop to everything you need to know about learning and technology. With over 175 sessions on instructional design, learning platforms, gamification, and more, the LSCon will provide you with real solutions to create new strategies, increase engagement, and leverage the power of learning technologies.

Dates: March 26-29
Register here

Can’t attend any of the conferences? Whether it isn’t in the budget or you aren’t available on the conference weekends, you can be sure there are many other options for you. Check out each registration page to see if any of the conferences offer a digital ticket and be on the lookout for free training and webinars! In the learning industry, there are always resources right at your fingertips.


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