Due to the unexpectedly massive rise in Covid-19 cases, with a total of 298,455 new infections state-wide over the last 7-day period, it just isn't safe to hold such a large, in-person event at this time. Therefore, we will be rescheduling our conference to a date later this year, most likely in September. Please stay tuned for further announcements. Thank you and stay safe!

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.

TBD 2022

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

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Opening Keynote - Ryan Jenkins

Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In

We are trilled to welcome Ryan Jenkins as our opening keynote. Ryan is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker & author on the topics of leadership, generational differences, & the future of work. He is the co-founder of Sync Learning Experiences ( which creates lasting learning experiences for organization’s #1 asset, their people.

Ryan will be speaking about workplace loneliness and how to engage your team. His book, Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In is the world's first resource to address workplace loneliness, and serves as a companion to his engaging keynote address.

As a BONUS the first 150 people to register for ASCEND will receive a copy of Ryan's book!

BREAKOUT SESSION TRACKS - Click each track title for sessions descriptions
 Learning Design & Delivery

Learning Design & Technology

Talent Leadership

Personal Development

Topics aimed at increasing engagement, learning takeaway, and quality of presentations. Topics aimed at introducing tools to create, store, deliver, and share learning. Topics aimed at managing and developing talent through leadership and meaningful interactions. Topics aimed at assisting organizations develop and growth within the context of talent Management.
The Top 5 Mistakes of Customer Training Programs

Chris Lumia

Trials and Triumphs of the Talking Head

Kelsey Hause & Kala Cadwell

Talent Development Isn't a Nice to Have, It is a Strategy Must

Jared Narlock

The Value of Resilience and Connection In Uncertain Times

Blair Bloomston

Using Qualitative methods to Evaluate Learning

Lori Ann Roth

Using Animation to Bring Life to Sensitive SubjectsSession Title

Gina Labato & Kala Cadwell

Has Covid-19 Changed Who We Are and How We Work?

Jill Plaice

Dissolving WAFFLES: Worries, Anxiety, Fear, Frustration, Lethargy, Exhaustion, and Stress

Katie Nall

One Size Fits One: A Step-by-Step Guide to Personalized Skill Development

Scott Luberto

Leveraging Animated Video for more Engaging Learning

Robb Bingham

Resilient Leadership: Connecting the Physical and Mental


Fresh Ideas for Setting and Achieving Goals

Kimberly Schneiderman


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 & Sister
Chapter Rate

Non-Member RateStudent Rate*
Conference - Early Bird Rate1/7/2022$147$187$117
Conference - Regular Rate1/20/2022
Rate Descriptions*
  • Member & Sister Chapter Rate: ATD Florida Suncoast chapter members. Sister Chapter Members please contact 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 a copy of your class schedule for the registration code.
  • Apologies, but no refunds will be issued after 1/7/2022
ASCEND 2022 Sponsors


This event wouldn't be possible without our chapter partners. Sponsorships of this event enable us to do amazing things like giveaways and free services.

If you would like to sponsor the event, but have questions, or are interested in alternative options, let us know. Please contact Nate Salatin at to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

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