• Adam Rifai

Harbinger Travel Diaries: My First ATD Conference and Trip to D.C.

I want to start by thanking the two partners at Harbinger, Greg and Krista, for giving me the opportunity to be apart of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition, in Washington, DC. It was an incredible experience, and I certainly learned more than I expected. The overall atmosphere of the event was bustling, yet well-coordinated and disciplined.


About ATD


For those of you that don’t know, the ATD conference “is the largest, most comprehensive event for talent development professionals worldwide. It will provide you with the knowledge, strategies, and solutions you need to effectively train and develop talent.” In addition to the hundreds of speakers and sessions, ATD also offered pre-conference courses which a couple of team members and I participated in.


Keynote Speakers


The conference offered three keynote speakers; Oprah Winfrey, Seth Godin, and Eric Whitacre. I had the opportunity to listen to Oprah and Seth. Both were dynamic in their own way. Oprah did an excellent job storytelling. From her authentic reflections stemming from her 25-year-old show to her learning experiences from opening a school in South Africa, Oprah shared some very insightful advice. She insisted the audience to live out the truest expression of ourselves and to always trust our gut feeling.

After speaking with a fellow team member, Colin, he told me that what stood out the most to him from Oprah, was when she talked about always having a specific purpose or intention in your actions. To always ask yourself why you are doing what you are doin