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Employee skill can be built by a number of ways such as on-the-job and off-the-job training, workshops, on-campus and off-campus courses, compliance training, induction, coaching, mentoring and sponsored outside study. The last of these is the least expensive and most effective method of getting your employees’ learning and development under way, otherwise known as conferences.

It is the organization’s responsibility to ensure the employee is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill to meet its strategic and operational goals. Conferences go a long way in shaping the employee skill set in the mould that the organization requires, thus they help maximizing the potential of human capital. Experts from across the globe impart knowledge that will help stay up-to-the-minute on the current trends in their field of expertise. L&D is gaining traction and more and more organizations now need their HR to keep abreast of the all latest developments in this ever-growing area of learning and development. No better way to carry this out than sponsoring your HR for top conferences around the globe. So let’s look at the top eighteen conferences to look forward to in 2017.

Of a whole plethora of reasons to invest in learning and development conferences, here are a few of the most prominent ones:

  • Learn how the best enterprises train their employees and help them develop into invaluable assets
  • Improves work culture
  • Enhances talent management and succession planning
  • Expedites employee learning and therefore he/she shows more interest
  • Helps develop employee’s career

20 Must-attend L&D Conferences

1.    ATD TechKnowledge®

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)

When: January 11-13, 2017


  • Estimated turnout of 1500 learning professionals
  • The power of ATD at its very best, brings you in touch with the technically astute learning professions who have a wealth of experience that you get to network with.

2.    iLearning Forum Paris, France

Where: Paris, France

When: January 24 – January 25, 2017


  • the most important European reference n°1 event in France
  • Gathering of 5000 e-learning professionals, training, human resources and talent management worldwide from more than 40 countries
  • 100 exhibitors
  • as a place of exchange between the worlds of training, education and digital, converging towards an ever more innovative practical learning

3.    Training 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, California, USA

When: January 30 – February 1, 2017


  • Best value for money in skill building content
  • Industry’s leading train-the-trainer event
  • Covers every aspect of online and instructor-led training

4.    INTED2017-11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Where: Valencia, Spain

When: March 6-8, 2017


  • 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference,
  • One of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector.
  • Brings together more than 700 experts from 80 countries, each year.

5.    Adobe Learning Summit (East)

Where: Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

When: 19-23 Mar 2017


  • Primarily meant for leading lights of the eLearning industry, Adobe experts and consumers
  • Promotes researchers and best practices to be followed in the industry to help take eLearning authoring to new heights
  • Broad and exhaustive discussions on latest developments, current pain points and potential advancements in the foreseeable future of eLearning technologies.


Where: London, UK

When: 21-22 March, 2017


  • Attendees range from CEOs to prominent figures in HR of leaders and leaders-to-be, alongside top investors and media
  • Estimated turnout: 10000+ attendees
  • Discussions on where technology is guiding the future of work
  • Helps you navigate the changes and possibilities interwoven with HR and technology

7.    National HR Summit

Where: Sydney, Australia

When: 29-30 March 2017


  • Estimated turnout: 1000+ delegates
  • Main agenda: Top People Management issues the industry faces today
  • Unparalleled chance to liaise with fellow HR folks in two days of knowledge sharing


Where: Florida, USA

When: April 24-26, 2017


  • Focuses on learning as a function of action and value
  • Delves into the power and unharnessed potential of learning that boosts business performance

9.    ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)

When: May 21-24, 2017


  • Estimated turnout of 10,500+attendees
  • No larger conference in this field, offering a whole array of choices of professional development.
  • Exclusive access to ATD 2017 Bookstore.
  • Learn and interact directly with experts of global repute.
  • Liaise with employees of organizations such as Apple, Amazon, Mobil, LEGO, Exxon Lockheed Martin, among many more.

10.  HCIL Annual Symposium

Where: University of Maryland, College Park, USA

When: May 27, 2017


  • HCIL’s 34th Annual Symposium
  • Brings to light the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab
  • Provides an understanding of how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies


Where : San Francisco

When : June 14-16 2017


  • In 2017, the appetite for the Greatest HR Shows on Earth will scale to 3 locations – London, San Francisco and Amsterdam.
  • Great line up of speakers and industry leaders
  • Apprixmately 4000-7000 people expected.


12.  Bank Trainers Conference 2017

Where: San Diego, CA, USA

When: June 13-15, 2017


  • Nation’s Fastest Growing and Exclusive Conference and Expo for Bank and Credit Union Trainers!
  • Brings together trainers, from all over the country, for a three-day event each year.
  • Estimated number of audience is 200

13.  SHRM17


When: June 18-21, 2017


  • Meet the experts
  • Acquire new skills and stay up-to-the-minute
  • Get recertified
  • Interact and share ideas with new merchants and suppliers
  • Liaise with fellow HR folks from across the globe

14.  FocusOn Learning 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, CA, USA

When: June 20 – 22, 2017


  • North America’s only conference dedicated to trending hot topics that are changing the future of learning
  • Targets the technologies that are transforming our approaches to training.

15.  2017 Realities360 Conference

Where: San Jose, CA, USA

When:  July 26 – 28, 2017


  • The Enhanced Realities Conference dedicated to exploring the opportunities presented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality technologies.
  • Learning and performance professionals get hands-on opportunities to encounter these technologies and engage in discussions that put those experiences into the context of learning and performance.


Where: Florida, USA

When: October 2-3, 2017


  • Focuses on the theme of innovation and the currency of innovation which is talent
  • Emphasis is on talent management
  • The aim is to further the use of learning and development and encourage its use in other spheres of talent management: performance management, succession planning, workplace culture, among others.

17.  HR Technology Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, USA

When: 10-13 October 2017


  • Focused agenda to discuss the benefits to be derived from technological advancement in eLearning by businesses, not the nitty-gritty of technology.
  • Explores the current trends: The Cloud, SaaS, mobile, social, video, analytics, Big Data, MOOCs and gamification.
  • The world’s largest Expo of HR technology products and services

18.  DevLearn 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)

When: October 25 – 27, 2017


  • North America’s leading event focused on learning technologies.
  • An excellent chance to build and polish your knowledge and skills if you are responsible for or engaged in the use of learning technologies in your organization
  • A comprehensive discussion covering the latest and the most critical topics and problems the industry is fraught with.
  • Tools, ideas, best practices and strategies for all professionals


19. Adobe Learning Summit 2017

Where: Las Vegas Oct 24, 2017

When: October 24, 2017


  • Marquee event for Adobe attended by 500 plus elearning professionals, industry leaders and who is who in the elearning field.
  • Great tracks and sessions if you want to understand Adobe Learning platform and authoring solutions

20.  Learning Solutions 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: Orlando, Florida (USA)

When: October 25 – 27, 2017


  • Each spring, the entire eLearning community gathers to learn about latest eLearning technologies
  • Caters to learning professionals involved in the development, design, manage mentor distribution of technology-based training
  • Proven learning solutions that teach you how to combine the new and cutting-edge with the traditional strategies and tools



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