The least boring conference in Talent Development!

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Talent Development Think Tank - connect, grow, accelerate your career

When: February 22-23, 2023
Where: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country

*Welcome reception Feb. 21, optional 3rd day add-on Feb. 24

Check out highlights from our last Think Tank conference in January 2020:


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This is not your typical conference.

Here's how it's different:

  • Smaller number of delegates so you have time to create meaningful connections
  • Tons of interactive workshops - so you get insights/best practice from peers (as well as speakers) 
  • Speakers are handpicked by me (so they’re 100% relevant and engaging)
  • No Expo Hall - so you can focus on learning (rather than being ‘sold’ to)

2023 Keynote Speakers

Building a Culture of Belonging and Bravery

Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia

L&D Detective Measurement Mysteries

Kevin M. Yates
The L&D Detective and Expert on Measuring Impact 

Healing At Work

Susan Schmitt Winchester
CHRO of Applied Materials and Author of Healing at Work with Martha Finney

Market and Talent Trends for 2023

Jessica (Parisi) Skon
President & CEO, BTS Group

Owning Your Talent Development Journey & Career

Andy Storch
Author, Own Your Career, Own Your Life

2023 Interactive Session Leaders

The Trifecta Impacting Your Workplace Culture

Dr. Mechelle Roberthon
VP, Director of Talent Development

Ramp up your workshop attendance without saying "it's mandatory"

Leanne Hughes
Facilitation Expert& Host of the First Time Facilitator Podcast

Planning Your L&D Career

Sarah Cannistra
L&D Career & Executive Coach

Creating a KEEPR Culture where teams are inspired to stay

Tim Olaore
Mr. Meaningful Work

Skills First Approach to Learning Programs to Drive Employee Engagement & Retention

Charlotte Evans
Solutions Consultant at Coursera

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Dealing with the inner critic, navigating imposter syndrome and directing the subconscious mind in the office

Cortney Fielding
NLP Practioner & Subconscious-change coach

The Golden Age of HR Technology: How Invested Are You?

Larry McAlister
Founder of The Corporate Humanist Consultancy

Designing the Future of Learning

Don Jones
Founding President of Experience It Inc.

Innovate your culture work with AI (Appreciative Interview)

Gloria Song
Founder, Principal Coach & Consultant

Leveraging social media to build your personal brand at this conference & every day

Lauren V. Davis
Personal Brand Digital Media Strategist, CEO Lauren Davis Creative

This was the most powerful learning event I’ve ever attended. The connections made, powerful content, and fun interactive agenda made it great. I walked away with far greater knowledge and exposure to talent development. The interaction made this a truly different experience. The breakouts were high quality and the simulations were powerful and fun. Truly exceptional experience!!

- Pete Leckemby, Senior Manager L&OD

 "I LOVED IT. I'm inspired to be a better leader, facilitator, communicator, coach, teammate, influencer and employee. This is the first conference I have been to where I came back and typed up all my notes for reference and scheduled time to meet with my manager about ideas for the organization. I'm so happy I attended!

- Erin Williams, Senior Learning Business Partner

The Talent Development Think Tank was amazing! The keynote presentations and breakout sessions were highly engaging and interactive, and loaded with actionable information. This was the best conference I've attended. Ever.

- Joe Legatz, Director of Learning & Development

TDTT was a unique conference. I met people from so many different industries who all share a passion for learning and development, training, employee engagement, talent acquisition, etc. I am so grateful I decided to attend and am looking forward to the chance to return in the future to truly be immersed in the learning experience of this fantastic conference.

- Spencer Gentry, Learning Program Manager

One of the best content rich conferences I've been to. Great speakers that provided a lot of good learning and promoting thought. Also enjoyed the size of the event. You really had the chance to get to know people.

- Susan Steinfeld, Leadership & Executive Coach

Why attend?


    We focus on interactive sessions and connections so that you can learn from everybody in the room, not just the speakers on stage. Share and learn best practices and get real-world insights that will help you become more effective in your role. 


    We are all about creating a friendly and energetic community so that you can build new relationships, find new friends, mentors, and even your next job or team member. You never know what each connection could become! 

    You are always just one conversation away from changing the rest of your life.


    We'll be examining what's trending in talent development, what's working (and what's not), and what the future holds in an era of unprecedented change so that you can return with relevant ideas and practical solutions.


    Top-notch people, topics that matter, and a beautiful setting! Take this opportunity to add your voice to the future of talent development in 2023 and beyond. Relax and enjoy being part of a like-minded tribe of dedicated talent development and HR leaders.

Who is it for?

Anyone who works in talent development, learning & development, leadership development, career development, or organizational development.

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    • Chief Learning Officers
    • Chief Talent Officers

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    • Corporate leaders who are passionate about developing their people
    • Business owners and leaders

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    • Talent Development Professionals
    • Learning & Development Professionals
    • HR Leaders

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    • Consultants, coaches, authors or solution providers genuinely interested in coming to learn, contribute and grow.
    • Please contact us to see if you are a fit.

What's in it for me, you ask?

Here's your chance to participate in the second annual talent development conference especially for innovators, movers & shakers who want to connect,  learn from each other, and help shape the future of talent development. Experience cutting-edge thought leadership from keynoters, facilitators, and attendees, solve real problemsbuild your network, and accelerate your career.

We have a limited number of sponsorship packages available to organizations that are aligned with our mission and who will add value to our event. Please contact us via to learn more about opportunities for 2023!

2023 sponsors and content partners

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This groundbreaking event was a huge hit in 2020, and we are excited to be bringing it back in 2023!

2023 Venue

We are excited to return to the beautiful Grand Hyatt Sonoma Wine Country in beautiful Santa Rosa, California!

What you get

Everyone attending can enjoy:

A welcome reception

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and local wine while you get to know fellow participants.

Two full days

of speakers, experiential learning, and thought leadership to turbo charge your expertise in talent development.

Help with issues you face

Working in groups, we'll brainstorm with you to examine a real challenge you are facing so that you can return armed with practical, relevant ideas.

Delicious food

Breakfast and lunch each day plus a networking dinner on Wednesday night to make sure you have plenty of fuel to keep you energized.

An optional 3rd day!

Purchase the 3rd-day option on February 24th to attend additional workshops, reflection time, and masterminding with expert facilitators. This will be a high value day and experience and capacity is limited. 

A VIP ticket also provides you with:

Special access

Reserved seating and a place at the table with our speakers so that you can get to know them!

A special Q&A session

with our speakers so that you can ask them your burning questions.

A book from each speaker

so that you can get more of their insight and continue learning when you get back.

A room upgrade

and a special VIP welcome package to further enhance your experience.


Additional perks and goodies to be announced!

3rd day included!

With the purchase of the VIP ticket, you automatically gain access to the 3rd day on February 24th.

See what's in store for you

Think Tank 2020 was simply the best HR conference! Most presentations were highly interactive and all afforded ideas, practices and thought-provoking challenges to be immediately implemented. First rate, exceptional, well worth the time investment!

- Jeanette K Winters, Chief Talent Officer

The amount of intellectual horsepower in the participant list was truly impressive. The size, structure, and venue gave us a chance to learn from peers, speakers, and attendees alike - even when I was speaking, I was learning. I also really liked the "each speaker goes twice" design - it added value as a speaker and gave people a chance to see more of what they wanted.

- Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics, Inc.

This conference was terrific--small enough to easily network and meet lots of fantastic people and large enough to have dynamic and powerful speakers/sessions. I left feeling enthused with all of the new ideas and knowledge.

- Jenni Shera, Director of Talent Development

Inspiring! Best Conference I’ve attended in my career.

- Kathryn Reddick, Coach & Facilitator 

Great program! Wonderful speakers and the connecting opportunities were orchestrated and awesome.Tangible take aways and a glimpse into what is on the horizon. Small enough to be intimate and left with many new friends and colleagues!

- Wendy Hanson, Co-Founder & Chief Program Officer at BetterManager

Hosted by

Andy Storch, author, speaker, podcast host, and connector.

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Why stay for the 3rd day?

On our third day we will make time for reflection, action taking, masterminding, and additional learning from facilitators Andy Storch and Leanne Hughes. There will be two tracks to choose from:

  • Owning Your Career with Andy Storch


    A deep dive into planning your career or business in Talent Development. You'll spend time setting your vision and connecting to your purpose and walk away with an actionable plan to set your career goals into motion. This is a great opportunity to reflect and plan your career as well as connect and support others on your journeys. Andy will be taking time to dive deeper into important topics to not only own your career, but your life as well.

  • 2-hour workshop blueprint with Leanne Hughes


    You will learn how to turn your expertise into an engaging workshop blueprint that you can use as a template over and over again when you need to present a new topic, a webinar, or Lunch and Learn.

Tickets for 2023

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Think Tank Ticket

  • Full 2-day conference access
  • Welcome reception on Tuesday
  • Breakfast & lunch both days
  • Celebration dinner on Wednesday
  • Swag & other goodies TBA

Think Tank Ticket + 3rd Day

  • Full 2-day conference access
  • Optional 3rd day included with ticket
  • Welcome reception on Tuesday
  • Breakfast & lunch both days
  • Celebration dinner on Wednesday
  • Swag & other goodies TBA

Think Tank VIP Ticket

  • All conference features
  • Optional 3rd day included with ticket
  • A seat at the table and Q&A with speakers
  • Preferential seating
  • A book from each speaker
  • Other goodies TBA!

Frequently Asked Questions

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This event proudly supports Meals in the Meantime, a non-profit pop-up food pantries providing food that sustains well-being while honoring the humanity of who they serve.

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