2017 L&D Conferences in the US

It’s December.  Time to wrap up and reflect on the past year and begin thinking about the next.

To help with planning and budgeting, I’ve pulled together a list of upcoming Learning & Development conferences in the US (and one in Canada).

If you’ve attended any of these events, I would love to hear your impressions and whether you would recommend attending.  Or if you know of other events that should be added to this list, let me know in the comments.

UPDATE!  A free, downloadable version of the 2017 conferences is now available to subscribers of this blog.  Sign up today!


TechKnowledge Conference

Jan. 11 – Jan. 13
Las Vegas, NV

From the Association for Talent Development (ATD), this conference focuses on emerging and trending technology.  Offers a variety of tracks including eLearning, serious games and simulations, and mobile.

Training Conference & Expo

Jan. 30 – Feb 1
San Diego, CA

Judging from the list of scheduled speakers, this event looks to be one of the year’s best.  Also check out Training Magazine. It is one of my favorite resources. https://trainingmag.com


Digital Education Summit

March 9-10
Huntsville, TX

Hosted by Sam Houston State University, this FREE conference is open to higher ed faculty and education technologists. The focus of this year’s conference is connecting with students through different forms of instruction.

Learning Solutions

March 22-24
Lake Buena Vista, FL

From the eLearning Guild, this event has a broader scope than what you’ll find at some of their other conferences such as DevLearn. Registration includes access to the Learning & Performance Ecosystem.

Learning & Performance Ecosystem

March 22-24
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Also from the eLearning Guild and co-located with their Learning Solutions conference, the Ecosystem conference looks at performance support systems and tools that can be used to enhance a traditional training program.  One registration gets you into both events.

Core4 Conference

March 23-24
Long Beach, CA

An ATD conference right-sized for those new to L&D or who simply prefer smaller events. This 2-day conference covers the foundations  — design, delivery, evaluation and technology.


OLC Innovate

April 5-7
New Orleans, LA

For K12 and Higher Education online learning leaders, instructors, and instructional designers. You can attend onsite or online.

CLO Accelerator

April 22-23
Bonita Springs, FL

A 2-day pre-conference workshop before the CLO Symposium. Geared to new training managers and those aspiring to become senior learning leaders.

CLO Symposium

April 24-26
Bonita Springs, FL

Focused on training and talent management strategy and trends. CLO Magazine is another one of my favorite resources. You can get a free subscription through their website. Also, for more events check out their Breakfast Clubs. http://www.clomedia.com


THE Performance Improvement Conference (ISPI)

Apr 30 – May 2
Montreal, Quebec

I decided early on to attend the ISPI conference.  It’s been on my wish list for a long time. Montreal is within driving distance for me, so this is the year! The conference is geared towards performance improvement, with a bit more of an academic bent along with practical applications.


STC Summit

May 7-10
National Harbor, MD

The annual conference of the Society for Technical Communication.  This is a great option for experienced instructional designers and technologists to gain perspectives on writing and tools from outside the L&D world.

ATD International Conference & EXPO

May 21-24
Atlanta, GA

This is a huge conference.  I’ve never been, but I’ve heard it can be overwhelming.  With over 10,000 attendees, you might want to buddy up to divide and conquer all that this event has to offer. ATD also offers smaller events throughout the year. A full list of all ATD US Conferences is available at  https://www.td.org/Events/Conferences


Learning DevCamp

June 5-8
Salt Lake City, UT

Bringing together instructional designers from corporate and public sectors for practical, hands-on sessions.  Bring your laptop! This is one of the most affordable conferences.

FocusOn Learning

June 20-22
San Diego, CA

Another eLearning Guild conference, this one focusing of cutting edge, disruptive technology.



July 26-28
San Jose, CA

Another eLearning Guild conference, this one focusing on virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed realities technology.


Take a breather!!!


Learning & Leadership Development Conference

September 18-20
Chicago, IL

Designed for HR professionals, this conference is for anyone interested in talent and leadership development. There is an affordable virtual option in addition to the live conference.

Online Learning Conference

September 25-27
New Orleans, LA

Another Training Magazine event. This conference focuses on eLearning, mobile learning, social learning, games, simulations, virtual classrooms and the tools and techniques to make the best use of these formats.


CLO Symposium+Plus

October 2-3
Huntington Beach, CA

A more collaborative event than their spring symposium, focused on talent management.

Learning 2017

October 22-25
Orlando, FL

This conference offers a broad range of topics, but is targeted more towards L&D management and strategy.


Oct 25-27
Las Vegas, NV

A large conference from the eLearning Guild.  I’ve heard good things about this one.



This is a small conference focused exclusively towards training mangers in tech companies. No dates yet, but they hold 2 conferences — one in the spring on the west coast and one in the fall on the east coast.

Enterprise Learning! Conference


A virtual conference geared towards learning executives and strategic leaders. You can read about the 2016 conference at http://presentations.inxpo.com/Shows/Elearning/microsite-elearning/index.html




2 responses to “2017 L&D Conferences in the US”

  1. Hi again Diane,

    Here at SHSU we have an annual conference, that we now call – the Digital Education Summit, it is in March and it is free. Would you consider adding ours to your list? Here is the page talking about it:

    1. Thank you for the information! I will definitely add it to the list. It looks like a great event!

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