What is the ATD-Yale Foundations of Management Excellence program?

Yale University | New Haven, CT

This four-day, intensive program integrates ATD’s research-based ACCEL™ skills model with Yale’s superior management training approach to provide you with the ultimate management development experience.

By focusing on five key skills necessary for managerial success—accountability, communication, collaboration, engagement, and listening and assessing—managers will develop their ability to effectively recruit, develop, engage, evaluate, and retain employees through more intentional talent development efforts.

This unique management development experience encourages participants to form a cohort of trusted peers whom they learn from and share knowledge with now and into the future.

The ACCEL Skills Model

In late 2015, ATD Research conducted a short survey of nearly 300 talent development leaders (managers and above) to identify the top skills most associated with successful frontline managers. The ACCEL skills were selected for inclusion in the framework because they had the highest percentage of participants indicating that each contributed to success in managing others to a high or very high extent. The development of these five specific skills are crucial to managerial success.

Listening and Assessing

Learn more about ACCEL.

Who Should Attend?

  • executives and directors
  • aspiring top-level managers
  • high-potential leaders





Yale School of Management

Why Attend?

You will walk away with the skills to develop your team and improve organizational results:

  • Create a culture of accountability.
  • Foster trust and relationships between team members, clarify team roles, and encourage cooperation.
  • Cultivate a transparent, open, and honest team atmosphere, and build awareness and action toward better employee performance.
  • Nurture psychological commitment to work and positive contributions to personal and company development.
  • Enhance emotional intelligence to identify areas of strength and opportunities.

The Experience

This is not your typical learning event! Managers will form a cohort with fellow attendees through these activities:

  • On-Site Tour: Yale Art Museum
  • The Yale University Art Gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, and dialogue among visitors. Tour the gallery with Professor George Newman and Assistant Curator of Education Elizabeth Manekin as they highlight works of art that relate to the value of authenticity.

  • On-Site Lecture: The Value of Authenticity by Examining Art
  • Authenticity is a growing area of interest for consumers and organizations alike. With Professor Newman, attendees will examine questions such as how does authenticity drive customer perceptions and value? How can organizations leverage authenticity to maximize repetitive benefits both internally and externally? And what can psychology teach us about the underlying mechanisms and principles used to evaluate authenticity?

  • Reception Dinner on Campus
  • Held at a uniquely Yale venue, such as the law school or the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the evening will include live music with a campus a cappella group and an unparalleled opportunity to form lasting connections with your peers.

Who is ATD?

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Meet Our Leaders

ATD’s Board of Directors comprises thought leaders in the field who represent diverse industries. ATD's President and CEO, Tony Bingham, works with the board, a staff of more than 100, and a global network of volunteers, all committed to helping create a world that works better. The National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) are volunteer advisors to U.S. chapter leaders and ATD’s chapter services team.

What We Do

We support the talent development profession by providing trusted content in the form of research, books, webcasts, events, and education programs. We host a variety of conferences several times a year, including the premier international gathering for talent development practitioners.