Proposal Selection Criteria


  • Proposal Submission Period: February 14, 2024 – March 6, 2024
  • Proposal Notification: May 2024
  • Conference Dates: October 7-9, 2024

OrgDev is a three-day learning experience, held in Atlanta from October 7-9, where 200+ individuals come together to learn and network with their peers through more than 20 educational sessions that encompass topics on belonging, talent retention, culture, overall workforce engagement and more. OrgDev is designed for individuals charged with the development of people, organizational culture, and talent management who are focused on learning how to humanize their OD programs and create a productive and engaged workforce.

Role of the OrgDev Program Advisors
The OrgDev Program Advisors is composed of individuals from the field with significant experience in the topic areas. Program Advisors are assigned to each topic and review all proposals submitted in that topic area.

The selection process follows a rigorous online review of every proposal submitted. The program advisors make recommendations for selections and assist in planning other conference educational activities. Many more proposals are submitted than can be selected. Only the very best submissions are selected.

Proposals are selected based on the information submitted. Submitters are expected to follow the instructions carefully and supply all requested information. Missing or incorrect information could make the proposal ineligible for consideration.

Selection Criteria
The proposed session must clearly apply to the target audience, fit into one of the topic areas and be delivered by a speaker with substantial topic knowledge and experience facilitating learning experiences and/or speaking to large groups.
Proposals are evaluated using the following additional criteria:

  • Completeness, accuracy, and clarity of the proposal; proposals that do not follow the instructions will be ineligible.
  • Content that is current and practical.
  • Programs and initiatives that demonstrate measurable business impact and results.
  • Clear, specific, and informative content which is directly linked to the learning objective.
  • Applications on the job that can be implemented and can realistically be met in the time allotted.
  • A balanced slate of speakers representing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, organizations, and internal/external practitioners.
  • If you have spoken at a previous ATD Conference your session evaluation scores and room counts may be factored into the selection criteria.

Session Scheduling
To achieve a balanced conference program, ATD will determine the days and times that sessions are scheduled. Some speakers may be asked to repeat sessions that are considered especially relevant or popular.

Lodging & Complimentary Registration
ATD is a nonprofit educational association with a responsibility to its members to carefully manage its resources. Speakers receive up to two nights hotel and one complimentary full conference registration for the event.

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