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.

Thursday, September 29, 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!

 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.
Using Technology and Inclusion Strategies to Increase Hybrid Engagement!

Tiffany Theen, M.S.Ed.

Trials and Triumphs of the Talking Head

Kelsey Hause & Matthew Rathmell

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

Working with SMEs

Khris Bhattan

Using Animation to Bring Life to Sensitive Subjects

Kristen Parker & 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

The Future of TD is Out There: How Can You be Part of It?

James Ringrose

CANCELLED - Resilient Leadership: Connecting the Physical and Mental
Fresh Ideas for Setting and Achieving Goals

Kimberly Schneiderman


The Wealth of Connection

Vincent Pugliese is back as our closing keynote! The author of Freelance to Freedom: The Roadmap for Creating a Side Business to Achieve Financial, Time, and Life Freedom is back with a new book The Wealth of Connection: A New Approach to Making Business Personal.

Vincent is the founder and leader of The Total Life Freedom Mastermind Community, an entrepreneurial think tank for business owners, freelancers and aspiring entrepreneurs who want a community to connect, collaborate and grow together in generous and helpful ways. Vincent is also the host of Total Life Freedom, a daily, short form podcast giving impactful, bite sized stories and guidance for those looking to build a life of time, money and location freedom. In addition to these, Vincent is a keynote speaker around the topic of The Wealth of Connection for business, leadership and sales.

Closing Keynote - Vincent Pugliese


Please note, costs have risen significantly since January 2022 and we have done our best to keep costs down.

 Conference RegistrationRegister By 

Member & Sister
Chapter Rate

Non-Member RateStudent Rate*
Conference - Early Bird Rate8/31/2022
Conference - Regular Rate9/28/2022
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 9/16/2022 (you do have the option of sending a colleague in your place)
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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