Our ASCEND 2019 Presenting Sponsor!

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"The LMS you want, the partner you deserve"

As the Talent Development industry continues to evolve, those who respond to shifts in trends, technology, and tools come out on top. The ATD Florida Suncoast ASCEND Conference is a once-a-year opportunity to gather with industry leaders and dive deep into the business solutions and strategies that bring a competitive edge. With programs targeted toward all levels of talent development professionals, this conference will be a great event. Make plans now to be a part of our annual conference! (SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFO)

When: Friday, September 20, 2019

Where: Bryan Glazer Family JCC: 522 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Session descriptions now posted!! Click Track Names for session descriptions!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Bryan Glazer Family JCC: 522 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Register Now!

ASCEND 2019 Sponsors


PODCAST - Andy Storch

Andy Storch is a consultant, facilitator and coach specializing in helping clients turn strategy into action and people doing the best work of their lives.

Andy is also the host of two podcasts, including The Entrepreneur Hot Seat, where he has interviewed over 90 CEOs and entrepreneurs and The Talent Development Hot Seat, where he interviews interesting talent development leaders about their experience.

Some of Andy’s past clients have included Salesforce.com, Oracle, Google, Box, Toyota, Genentech, State Farm, AT&T, Red Bull, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, HP, Sony, Bechtel, Cisco as well as small business and startup CEOs looking to grow their businesses.


Opening Keynote - John Connell

"Leadership's Role in Change and Employee Engagement"

Closing Keynote - Mark Barth

"L&D's Role in Culture Change"

BREAKOUT SESSION TRACKS - Click each track title for sessions descriptions

Training Delivery

Topics aimed at increasing engagement, learning takeaway, and quality of presentations.

Learning Technologies

Topics aimed at introducing tools to create, store, and share learning. E-Learning development tools, LMS, and social.

Talent Management

Topics aimed at managing and developing talent through leadership and meaningful interactions.

Organizational Dev't

Topics aimed at assisting organizations develop and growth within the context of talent Management

These presentations are protected by U.S. and International copyright laws.  Reproduction and distribution of the presentations without written permission of the author is prohibited.

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Bottomline of ROI

Wayne Brantley

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The Five Instructional Design Skills that Transcend Organizational Size, Type, and Maturity

Nick Elkins & Shauna Vaughan

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Be Indispensable: Impact Your Organization Where It Matters Most

Leah Yeatts

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Understanding Micro-learning

Chad Smith

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Positively Priming the Learner's Brain

Bob Faw

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Why Most Training Fails: 3 Tips for Designing Learning That Delivers Results

Tim Slade

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How To Engage The Learner Within

Jo Schaeffer

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Why & How to Restructure an L&D Team

Katrina Marie Baker

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The Top Five Ways To Make Your Training Content Resonate with Your Audience

Launa Stewart

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Adaptive Learning, The Future of Professional Development

Zachary Konopka


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The Top Five Trends in Talent Development

Andy Storch

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Millennials at Work: Is It Time to Adapt to This Generation?

Brittany Bing

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Facilitating for Global Audiences – Practical Techniques for Real Situations

Dara Moore & Renie McClay

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Getting started with Learning Analytics and xAPI

Nick Washburn


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Are Your L&D Skills Future Ready?

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Data Driven Development: A Road Map for Success

Scott Luberto


Note: Pre-Conference Sessions are an Add-on and separate from the Conference Registration. To attend both a pre-conference session and the conference, attendees must register for each.

 Conference RegistrationRegister By Member Rate* Non-Member Rate* Student Rate* 
Conference - Super Early Bird Rate5/31
Conference - Early Bird Rate 7/31$147$187$117
Conference - Regular Rate9/20
Rate Descriptions*
  • Member Rate: ATD Florida Suncoast chapter members. Members of other chapters contact admin@atdsuncoast.org for registration code for same pricing.
  • Non-Member Rate: Guests or ATD National Members. Sign up as a member for only $65 and get all the member benefits, including discounted registration rate.
  • Student Rate: Current Students - Send admin@atdsuncoast.org a copy of your class schedule for the registration code.
  • Apologies, but no refunds will be issued after 9/1/2019.


  Team discounts are available for groups of 6 or more! 

  Please email admin@atdsuncoast.org for more information!

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This event wouldn't be possible without our chapter partners. Sponsorships of this event enable us to do amazing things like the headshot photographer we brought into last year's event.

Click here (or the image below) to download our Sponsorship Opportunity Brochure. If you would like to sponsor the event, but have questions, or are interested in alternative options, let us know. Please contact Chapter President Elect, Pia Proal at pia@atdsuncoast.org to discuss sponsorships or click here for the packages, or click the image below to view the options.

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