Learn From the BEST Conference

October 5, 2017 | Gaylord National Harbor

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What Makes the BEST Different from the REST? Find Out.

Learn from the BEST is a unique conference where practitioners are the presenters. BEST award winners share their leading strategies and best practices with attendees, demonstrating how to transform the learning function into a key driver of performance, productivity, and profitability.

  • Find out what exceptional companies are doing differently.
  • Hear firsthand how BEST award winners identify needs and use talent development programs to solve real business problems.
  • Ask questions and learn in a peer-to-peer environment unlike any other.
  • Gain insights that will benefit your work and your organization.
  • Utilize talent development to strategically drive enterprise-wide results.

Keynote Speaker

Headshot of keynote speaker Patricia McLagan

Patricia A. McLagan, CEO of McLagan International, is an international thought leader on implementing strategy by unleashing the learning and leadership capabilities of everyone in the business. Her books include Change Is Everybody’s Business, On-the-Level: Performance Communication at Work, The Age of Participation, The Shadow Side of Power: Lessons for Leaders, and the just released (ATD Press) Unstoppable You: Adopt the New Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life. She has received ATD’s highest award for thought leadership and service, is an elected member of the International Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and was recognized as an Inspiring Mind for a Century by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. She has worked globally, including living and working in South Africa before, during, and immediately after the end of apartheid. McLagan is a former ATD board member who also led two field-defining competency studies for ATD.

See Patricia's newest book Unstoppable You: Adopt the New Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life.


Learn From the BEST Agenda at a Glance >>

2017 BEST Winners

See the 2017 BEST Award Winners

Conference Venue & Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

Reservations: Make Your Reservation Here or Call 877-491-0468 / 301-965-4000

Group Name: ATD Learn from the BEST Conference

Cut-off Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rate: $249 + $18 resort fee

Resort fee includes:

  • High speed internet in the guest room
  • 24 hr access to fitness center
  • Access to indoor pool
  • Local, toll-free and domestic long distance phone calls
  • 2 bottles of water per room, per day
  • Daily newspaper
  • Resort savings coupon booklet
  • Exclusive to Marriott Rewards Gold & Platinum Members: access to sauna, steam, jacuzzi and locker rooms of Relache Spa



What do previous attendees have to say?

"I was inspired by what others are doing."

"I would HIGHLY recommend this learning conference to anyone who has strategic planning responsibilities in their training and development office. I walked away with a ton of useful ideas and contacts. I had more applicable aha moments here then in other conferences I have attended."

"Hearing best practices followed by other BEST organizations was very useful. The Q&A with them provided valuable insights."

"I learned actionable approaches to real world challenges, made great contacts and enjoyed a well organized event."

Sponsorships available.

For sponsorship information please contact Ben Ledyard at bledyard@networkmediapartners.com.