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The mission of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (Chapter Number: CH7002) is creating a world that works better.

We do this by being the premier resource for training and development professionals, programs, and publications in the Greater New Orleans Area.

The Chapter is a non-profit association committed to promoting and advancing the growth, competence, effectiveness, and visibility for the field of Human Resource Development by:

  • Providing continuous leadership in the training and learning domain.
  • Promoting understanding of training and providing information for the members and the general public.
  • Sponsoring and conducting meetings and programs for talent development professionals and partners in various industries.


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), the organization rebranded as the Association for Talent Development in 2014 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 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 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, international research, and resources. Together both local and national ATD memberships, known as Power Memberships, create the perfect opportunity to optimize your professional development and master your training capabilities. 


  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Certification Opportunities
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Membership Directory
  • Membership Perks 

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