Join leaders in the talent development world and help shape the future!

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

The inaugural Talent Development Think Tank was held Jan. 22-23, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA, and it was amazing!! Thank you to ALL who participated!

Our theme for 2021 is Innovation in Learning and Business. 
Due to COVID-19, plans for our next conference in 2021 are currently on hold.
Sign up for our email list to get updates!


First-ever Talent Development Think Tank opens in Sonoma Wine Country
Ground-breaking industry event opens despite flight delays, stomach bugs, an injury, and wildfires.

The THINK TANK story
A powerful friendship, a podcast, and a shared belief in the power of networking.

Mentioned in
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5 leadership conferences you can't afford to miss in 2020

and Forbes
Leadership conferences that should be on your radar In 2019

2020 keynote speakers

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman
Creating a Multipliers Culture

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin
Learning in the Flow of Work

Christine DiDonato

Christine DiDonato
Engage a New Generation of Talent

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier
The 5 Question Leader

2020 facilitators and guest panelists

  • Paul Middleton - Co-Founder of 1st90
  • Tim Delroy - Program Manager at Experience It
  • Myra LalDin - CEO at VECTRE
  • Sanchita Sur - Founder and CEO at Emplay Inc.
  • Brent Snow - Founder & Creative Director at Ten Thousand Feet
  • Don Jones - Founder and Chief Experience Designer at exper!ence it inc.
  • Libby Macomber - Director, Commercial Development at Celemi
  • Jim Perry - VP, Learning Design at BTS
  • Kelly Dozois - Influence thought leader and founder, Ocean Beach Consulting
  • Ed Muzio - CEO, Group Harmonics, Inc.
  • Phil Hamburg - VP at Root Inc.
  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari - USC Professor
  • Caitlin Drago - Inspire Improv and Coaching Inc.
  • Kevin M. Yates - Fact-Finder for L&D
Paul Middleton
Paul Middleton
Don Jones
Don Jones
Libby Macomber
Libby Macomber
Tim Delroy
Tim Delroy
Kevin M. Yates
Kevin M. Yates
Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Myra LalDin
Myra LalDin
Jim Perry
Jim Perry
Caitlin Drago
Caitlin Drago
Sanchita Sur
Sanchita Sur
Kelly Dozois
Kelly Dozois
Ed Muzio
Ed Muzio
Brent Snow
Brent Snow
Phil Hamburg
Phil Hamburg

Why attend?


    Inspired by our discussions on the Talent Development Hot Seat podcast during the past year with nearly 100 talent development professionals in leading organizations, we're bringing like-minded talent development professionals together in person to connect, learn, share and grow!


    Be present to harness the collective experience and intelligence in the room so that you can grow your network, your knowledge, and your enthusiasm. Get great ideas, brainstorm a challenge, accelerate your career, and add your voice to the future of talent development in 2020 and beyond.


    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! Have your voice heard and solve real challenges! Relax and enjoy being part of a like-minded tribe of dedicated talent development and HR leaders.

Who is it for?

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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 first-ever 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 2021!

2020 sponsors and content partners

Platinum sponsors

Technology & support

Promotional sponsor

Welcome reception

Learning tech café exhibitors

Speakers and additional thought leaders

2020 Venue

Set in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country, the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa, California, offers yoga, a relaxing pool with lounge and fire pit, and is pet friendly. It's also close to Santa Rosa attractions like the Charles M. Schulz Museum, more than 400 wineries, and art galleries. The Prince Memorial Greenway Trail next to the hotel is a mile hike.

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 for a full-day experience of the Multipliers simulation on Friday, Jan. 24. Learn how to build intelligence across your organization and avoid "accidental diminisher' tendencies you might not even realize you have.

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!

Next time for less!

A discounted ticket to the next Talent Development Think Tank conference

Your hosts

The Talent Development THINK TANK is being organized by Andy Storch and Bennett Phillips, Partners at Advantage Performance Group.

Andy Storch

Andy Storch
Talent development consultant, coach, connector and host of The Talent Development Hot Seat  & The Andy Storch Show podcasts

Bennett Phillips

Bennett Phillips
My clients trust me for leadership development, high-potential programs, business acumen, and strategy communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Schedule

Agenda as of 01-21-20, subject to change.

Talent Development Road Map


Your path through the 6 most important stages in talent development.

*end result*


September 15, 2020

12-1 pm EST

Roundtable on Culture with Greg Brenner, The HR Dad & 

Dan Cockerell, 26-Year Veteran Vice 

President of Disney Magic Kingdom

2-2:30pm EST

Live Q&A with Clair Kim

Millennial Employee Retention Specialist For Tech Enterprises

September 16, 2020

10 am EST

Live Q&A with Chris Tuff, The Millennial Whisperer 

11 am EST

Community Networking Session

5-6 pm EST

Roundtable with Julie Winkle, Leadership/learning authority, among Inc.'s top 100 leadership speakers &  Christine DiDonato, Author, Speaker, Facilitator, and LinkedIn Learning course creator

September 17, 2020

12 pm EST

Community Networking Session

4:30- 5:30 pm EST

Roundtable with Jordan Mendoza, Sales & Training Expert and Leanne Hughes, Virtual Facilitation Expert

5:30- 6 pm EST

Live Q&A with Kevin Yates, L&D Detective

6-7 pm EST 

Roundtable on HR Tech with LarryMcAlister, VP of Global Talent & Matt Burns, Founder of BentoHR 


Everything this year's Think Tank will address in some way:

Measuring the impact of learning

Design Thinking:

Make your organization disruption-proof… by being the disruptor

Learning in the flow of work

Advancing leadership culture

Digital learning do's & don'ts

Making coaching a natural part of work

Artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, big data, and other cutting-edge learning technology

Digital technology to capture & share ideas on-site

Diversity & Inclusion

Employee experience

Customer experience

Career paths

Deploying a nimble learning strategy

Staying ahead of the curve on L&D innovation

Treating employees like customers

How to unlock the potential of a new generation of workforce

Retaining talent

2020 Tech Café

Experience artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and other cutting-edge learning technology, including:

  • Infinity – The People Leadership Experience from exper!ence it inc. An exclusive "sneak peek" of the award-winning Infinity Inc. leadership simulation launching in 2020.
  • VECTRE - bringing the power of immersive technology to business
  • Celemi - Agile Move™ digital simulation - Learn to quickly adapt and respond to changing market conditions. Drive success in an ambiguous world by applying agile principles. 
  • BTS Digital - the technology powering our interactive sessions
  • 1st90 - helping professionals build habits and routines that accelerate time-to-performance in every career transition
  • USC Marshall Executive Education - results-driven learning journeys for transformative new skills

Always open. Drop in any time!

Tickets for 2021

The inaugural Talent Development Think Tank was held Jan. 22-23, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA, and it was amazing!! Thank you to ALL who participated!

Our theme for 2021 is Innovation in Learning and Business. 
Due to COVID-19, plans for our next conference in 2021 are currently on hold.
Sign up for our email list to get updates!

The Talent Development Think Tank, a first-of-its-kind industry event for talent development and HR professionals, is presented by Advantage Performance Group in association with the Talent Development Hot Seat podcast under the leadership of co-founders Andy Storch and Bennett Phillips.

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