IT started right here in Southern Louisiana 70+ years ago.
ATD celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2014. Originally named the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). In 2014 the organization began rebranding, as Association for Talent Development, to better reflect the mission and goals of the organization. The seeds of the organization were sown in New Orleans, Louisiana during a training committee meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in 1942. The United States was at war, and training was critical to the meeting the needs of increased production and replacing workers gone to war. The following year, a group of "training men" met for the first board meeting of the American Society of Training Directors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was later renamed the American Society for Training and Development, and the headquarters were moved to Washington, D.C. The national organization now has over 165 national and international chapters with over 70,000 members and associates from over 100 countries. New Orleans received its charter in 1954, becoming the 36th chapter of ASTD. Since that time, the New Orleans Chapter was incorporated in 1993 and has continued to provide benefits to individuals, organizations, and industries in the Gulf South Region. Chapter Membership gives you access to the local network of trainers and local resources. National Membership connects you to the global network and international research and resources. www.td.org. Together, both local and national ATD memberships create the perfect opportunity to optimize your professional development and master your training competencies.