Talent Development: Best and Next Practices
ATD has hosted conferences to educate and inspire talent development professionals around the world. We hold the ATD Japan Summit every year to meet the learning needs of talent development professionals in Japan. The ATD Japan Summit 2023 will be held on December 5–8 with the theme “Talent Development: Best and Next Practices

Following the current efforts to lead change based on the foundational principles of talent development, this summit will cover the following areas: talent development strategies, leadership development, skills-based approach to employee development, instructional design, learning technologies, diversity, equity & inclusion, and change management.
Our sessions cover the hot topics such as:

  • Learner-based ecosystem
  • AI/ChatGPT/VR
  • Virtual learning
  • Future leadership
  • Psychological safety
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • DEI
  • Coaching
  • Change management

Why Should I Attend?

We are bringing together 4 days of live sessions to learn from expert speakers and international thought leaders exploring topics such as future requirements for successful T&D, best practices of cutting-edge organizations, next-generation learning technology, and practical techniques to bridge employees’ human needs with digital technologies. Take an active role in translating training into strategy and techniques applicable to the virtual and in-person business landscape and future-proof talent development.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest nonprofit serving learning and development professionals. With more than 75 years of experience, we are a respected global leader in talent development, servicing 120 countries with education programs, certification, content, and events. ATD understands the pressures you face and is here to support the work you do every day to help you along your journey.

ATD’s Vision

Create a World That Works Better

ATD’s Mission

Empower Professionals to Develop Talent in the Workplace

Japan Member Network

As an international network of American ATD in Japan, it is a non-profit organization that conducts various activities such as information dissemination and enlightenment of ATD on a volunteer basis.

ATD Japan Summit 2023 Schedule

  • Day 1 - December 5 (Tuesday)
  • Platform Orientation & Networking
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Opening Keynote
    Debbie Richards (President, Creative Interactive Ideas)

    How to Prepare Your Company for New Technologies

    In today’s rapidly changing world of talent development, embracing new ways of learning and advanced technologies is more critical than ever. Adapting to evolving industries is challenging, mainly when introducing new technologies to organizations. But doing so allows organizations to thrive during transformations. By understanding the necessity of innovative training, forward-thinking companies gain a distinct advantage. This session will empower you with insights and tools to address this gap effectively. The main focus is creating successful plans for integrating new learning technologies, drawing from real-world examples and practical steps. These resources are valuable guides to unlocking the potential of modern learning technologies. Recognizing the need for structured approaches in exploring and implementing these technologies, the speaker will present a streamlined framework to help make informed decisions aligned with your organization’s unique culture and goals.
  • Education Session
    Chiharu Imaizumi (Director of People and Organization Development Department, Shiseido)
    Junya Nakazumi (Leadership Development Specialist of Learning & Talent Development Group, Shiseido)

    Shiseido Case Study: Leveraging Japanese Heritage to Develop Leaders of the Future

    Throughout its 151-year history, Shiseido, one of the world’s leading beauty and inner-wellness companies, has consistently been at the forefront of change in the beauty sector, driven by the avant-garde spirit of its founders to push new boundaries. In 2023, Shiseido opened the doors of the Shiseido Future University, which seeks to leverage the company’s rich heritage to provide a truly transformative learning experience for our leaders. In this session we will share how Shiseido looked to its past to design leaders of the future.

    Key topics to be covered include:
    - Shiseido philosophy, DNA and heritage and how it was leveraged to design a unique leadership curriculum, including programs for female leaders
    - Designing impactful, cutting-edge leadership experiences for global talent that are founded in Japanese culture

    Talent Development practitioners will leave this session with practical insights into:
    - How to develop leadership curricula aligned to a company’s unique heritage and culture
    - How to develop leadership traits for the modern-age: self-leadership, self-transformation, etc.
  • Networking Break
  • Session
    Masaru Tahara (General Manager, PERSOL RESEARCH AND CONSULTING Co., Ltd.)

    ATD’s Education Programs and their Rollout in Japan

    ATD is well known in Japan for its conferences, but did you know that ATD is also a leading provider of education for talent development professionals with over 35 years of experience? ATD's education programs are attended by 12,000 talent development professionals worldwide each year, and in 2022, PERSOL will partner with ATD to bring the programs to Japan.

    This session will provide (1) an overview of the ATD Education programs for talent development professionals, (2) the two programs that ATD and PERSOL have begun offering in Japan, "Consulting Skills" and "Needs Assessment," and (3) the new program that will be offered in Japanese in 2024.

    Why not consider implementing ATD's systematic processes and skills to enhance your professional development and your organization's talent development?
  • Networking Break
  • Study Group Session: HPI
    Masayuki Kabe (Senior Consultant of Learning Developmnet, Persol Research and Consulting)
    Tasuku Yamauchi (General Manager Marketeing Division, Trainocate Japan, Ltd.)

    Addressing Human Capital Management: Data Stories for Human Resource Strategies

    In the past two to three years, the importance of "human capital management" has been proposed by the government, and training courses for consultants to obtain ISO 30414 certification have been established, drawing attention to the need to present data on the state of human resource management in organizations. What is the actual linkage between organizational strategy and HR policies and HR's involvement in data collection and utilization of such data? What is the role of HR that the shift to human capital management is providing?

    In this session, we will share the results of our survey on "Addressing Human Capital Management: The Data Story for HR Strategy. We will also discuss and make recommendations, with HPI's findings, on what roles, outcomes, knowledge and skills HR should play in the future, and how to reskill them. 
  • Daliy Recap
  • Welcome Remarks
  • ATD Research Session
    ATD Research Session

    Jennifer Homer (Vice President, ATD)

    Talent Development Trends: How Culture, Engagement, and Skills in Management and Leadership Shaped the Year

    As organizations and their workforces focused on growth and progress this year, their learning and talent development functions have been central to this important work. These teams are making important connections between culture and employee engagement and providing a roadmap for the skills and capabilities that are critical for managers and leaders to lead effectively today and tomorrow. During this session, the speaker will share data from new reports across ATD Research and best practices from ATD award-winning organizations where culture and employee engagement have taken center stage. Also in these organizations, manager and leadership development are viewed as critical elements to building and growing a strong workforce and successful organization.
  • Session
    Dongshuo Li (Founder and CEO, UMU)

    Emerging Global L&D Trends in the Age of Generative AI

    ChatGPT achieved 100 million monthly active users within two months of its launch, making it the fastest-growing internet application in history. With the emergence of generative AI, represented by ChatGPT, enterprises are facing a new productivity revolution. Currently, many industries and job positions are being reshaped by generative AI, yet most companies are still in the early stages of developing their AI strategies and implementation capabilities. Embracing AI in the workplace has become a must-have discussion for every organization.

    In Corporate L&D, AI has already created brand new learning scenarios in the “teaching - learning - practicing - assessment” cycle, improving efficiency, effectiveness, and experience. AI has made large-scale personalized training a possibility. With the emergence of Generative AI, there will be another paradigm shift, accelerating the digital transformation of corporate learning exponentially.

    In the "Emerging Global L&D Trends in the Age of Generative AI" presentation, you will:
    - Gain a holistic understanding of generative AI, leading global products and best practices in the workplace
    - Acquire Insights into the industry and job transformations brought about by generative AI
    - Accumulate Methods to leverage AI to enhance personal productivity
    - Access best practices of using AI to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and user experiences in corporate L&D
  • Networking Break
  • Education Session
    Education Session

    Darren Nerland (Sr. Global Leadership and Learning Manager, Amazon)

    Beyond L&D: Mapping the Future of Skills in the Workplace

    As HR and L&D professionals, we must explore how technology and automation are changing how we work and learn. Join this session to investigate and implement new ways to attract people to your company and to upskill and reskill your people. From this session, you will be able to explore how technology and automation change how we work and learn; identify skills gaps today and map skills of the future to find where to focus on skill development; and use skill frameworks to discover what your employees should learn next.
  • Networking Break
  • Daily Recap
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Education Session
    Ian Townley (Director at Next Practices)

    Innovate! Proven Methods to Drive Innovation Skills and Revitalize Training

    Most people recognize that innovation is critical for L&D and our learners. Unfortunately, knowing how to develop innovation skills isn’t clear. The speaker will combine real data and two decades of first-hand experience with nearly 10,000 learners to teach you proven techniques to think creatively and develop your learners’ innovation skills. From this session, you will be able to (a) understand real learner needs to create more effective development programs; (b) generate a wide range of fresh ideas with little time and effort; and (c) design effective innovation training for your organization.
  • Networking Break
  • Study Group Session: Learning DX
    Kyoko Mori

    Hiroki Ishiyama

    Future Vision of “Learning” With Technology

    We have previously introduced the "Learning DX Framework," but the framework does not allow individuals and organizations to advance to "Creativity," which is an indispensable step in the process of moving up the learning ladder, In other words, we have been discussing the current issues that prevent individuals and organizations from moving forward to the "Creativity" stage, which is the stage essential for individuals and organizations to step up.

    In this session, we will further discuss what the challenges are for making this "change" happen, and rearrange them from the viewpoint of technology, as well as summarize the future vision of "learning" using technology in the next few years. We will also present a summary of our vision for the future of "learning" using technology in the next few years.

    In addition, as one of the technologies that will facilitate change, we will introduce the use of ChatGPT for learning.
  • Education Session
    Emma Weber (CEO and Founder at Lever-Transfer of Learning)
    Cindy Huggett (Principal at Cindy Huggett Consulting, LCC)
    Jack J. Phillips (Chairman at ROI Institute, Inc.)
    Patti P. Phillips (CEO, ROI Institute, Inc.)

    Designing Virtual Learning for Application, Impact, and ROI: Real Examples

    Looking for ways to better engage your audience, elevate application, and deliver more value to your organization? This panel will share real-world experiences, simple tips, and practical actions to enhance the application, impact, and return on investment (ROI) of your virtual learning programs.From this session, you will be able to (a) Explore a proven design model for virtual learning that leads to results and ROI; (b) discover a variety of real-world examples of effective virtual learning programs; and (c) apply practical tools, tips, and templates for engaging virtual learning that helps deliver business results.
  • Networking Break
  • Education Session
    Katsura Ito (Commissioner at National Personnel Authority (NPA), ex-CLO at Microsoft Japan)

    Getting Started with Change Management in Traditional Organization

    Change management is a systematic approach to transitioning an organization’s goals from the current state to a desired future state. It minimizes the negative impacts of change and helps individuals and organizations adapt to new business practices. In this session, you’ll learn how to adopt change management practices within a traditional organization. When you return to work, you'll understand the importance of communication for effective change management, and you'll be able to tailor a change management plan to fit your organization's needs.
  • Daily Recap
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Closing Keynote
    Closing Keynote

    JD Dillon (Chief Learning Officer at Axonify, Founder and Principal at LearnGeek)

    The Modern Learning Ecosystem: Reimagining L&D for Today’s Workplace

    How can we possibly keep up?! There’s a never-ending stream of new processes, regulations, and technologies. Skills gaps are making it harder to find qualified workers to fill essential roles. Plus, teams are being asked to do more with less as budgets tighten due to economic uncertainty. To keep pace with change and get people the support they need to do their best work, we must reimagine the role L&D plays within our organizations. Join the speaker to explore a new mindset on workplace learning. They will explain how your L&D team can escape the course mentality, influence stakeholders to embrace new ideas, and architect a learning ecosystem that fosters agility, improves equity, and drives results.
  • Education Session
    Matthew Kutz (Clinical Professor, Florida International University)

    Harnessing the Power of Foresight for Exceptional Change Management

    Harnessing the power of foresight will teach you how to better understand, prepare for, and equip those around you for the future. You will walk away from this session understanding how to develop foresight and use it to embrace change and leverage chaos.

    From this session, you will be able to:
    - Discover how to make chaos work for you.

    - Explore the differences between complexity and complication and how the distinction enhances your leadership.

    - Develop the ability to envision and articulate the big picture.
  • Networking Break
  • Study Group Session: Multi-Generation
    Motohiko Suzuki
    Kaori Araki
    Takako Yamano
    Takako Kageyama

    What is the reality of a purpose-driven Generation Z? - How do managers deal with generational differences in career perspectives?

    Do Generation Z, which is said to be purpose-driven, have their own unique way of thinking about their careers, or what do other generations work for in the first place? With these questions in mind, we unraveled the reality of Generation Z among the younger generation through a survey of over 200 people and group focus interviews. Here are our recommendations to managers and leaders from the Multi-Generation Study Group.
  • Closing Panel
  • Get Started With xAPI for Learning Analytics
    Megan Torrance (CEO, TorranceLearning)

    Successful adopters of Experience API for learning analytics have three things in common: a data-driven mindset, a data tool set, and a strategy for success. In this session, we will explore what xAPI is and share case studies demonstrating how it has been used to drive evaluation, measurement, and decision making. The xAPI tools and platforms are ready; are you?

    From this session, you will be able to:
    • Describe xAPI in a compelling way to get buy-in from organizational leaders.
    • Create a road map for implementation that includes data sources, storage, relationships, and strategies.
    • Follow a process for analyzing data to drive decision making and action.
  • Learner-Focused Ecosystem: How Can We Make That Happen?
    Koko Nakahara (Managing Director, Instructional Design, Inc. Japan)

    Systems have become more and more advanced, but the learner is often forgotten in the process. Learning shouldn’t focus on tools but rather on the learning experience and needs of the learner! In this session, the speakers will outline three global cases to help you improve your ecosystem design for future learning.

    From this session, you will be able to:
    • Apply design tools that put your learner at the center of your learning ecosystem.
    • Apply best practices from three different continents.
    • Align your learning system with learner needs.
  • VR Soft-Skills Training Tactics and Lessons Learned
    Marek Hyla (Learning Principal Director, Accenture)
    Aleksandra Gomula (Learning and Development Manager, Accenture)

    VR authoring tools are finally here, allowing us to create immersive learning experiences at scale. Complete with virtual environments, avatars, libraries of predefined gestures, and more, they are the future of soft skills training. You will learn how to build these immersive solutions for efficiency in the learning process.

    From this session, you will be able to:
    • Understand and respond to challenges related to writing realistic and nuanced scripts for soft-skills VR trainings.
    • Explore challenges and best practices related to the design of interactions with virtual humans that will guarantee immersion.
    • Discover the VR instructional design process for the VR soft-skills training leading to tangible behavioral changes at scale.
  • Improve Learning Transfer Through Smart Nudges Delivered by a Chatbot
    Vincent Han (CEO and Founder, Mobile Coach)

    Whether we like to admit it or not, learners need nudges. This session covers best practices for delivering the ideal nudge to workplace learners. Learn how to write a good nudge and how to program a chatbot to deliver it. Reaching learners through chatbots on Microsoft Teams, Slack, Google, or SMS has proven very effective.
  • CARE: The 4 Essentials of Psychological Safety
    Paul Stabile (VP of Learning Operations, DX Learning Solutions)

    Great leaders develop a sense of belonging and create a psychologically safe workplace. They know that success is far more than the end product that is being delivered. It's developing empowered teams that innovate, connect, and collaborate effectively. CARE assists leaders in removing some of the natural biases that cause people-first blind spots.

    From this session, you will be able to:
    • Identify common leadership biases and explore best practices to mitigate them.
    • Apply the CARE framework to common leadership challenges.
  • Making AI Work for You
    Gary Lipkowitz (CEO, Vyond)

    You’ve seen generative AI in action, but how do you use AI for work? How do you ensure content relevance, brand compliance, and information security? In this session, Vyond CEO Gary Lipkowitz will discuss these topics and more. You’ll also get a sneak peek of Vyond’s new AI-powered releases, which are designed with solutions to these problems in mind.
  • Leadership and the New Imperative: Improving People’s Psychological Sense
    Susan Fowler (CEO and Founder, Mojo Moments, Inc.)

    High performance suffers when leaders fail to create a culture that supports flourishing. Leaders need the capacity to promote performance without eroding people’s well-being. This new imperative requires a shift in focus and priorities, but you might be astonished by how elegantly it results in thriving and effective workplaces.
  • Your DEI Story is Hiding in Your Data
    Margaret Spence (CEO, Inclusion Learning Lab)

    Your DEI data tells a story. Do you know what it’s saying? Data must be actionable and influence behavior. The information must tell a compelling story that drives change. We’ve found that most companies have all the right data points, but few have clarity, and even fewer know how to use data as a powerful lever for DEI progress. From this session, you will be able to (a) Utilize DEI data as a critical driver to leverage change; (b) Build a change strategy by framing micro-DEI data to build trust and connect the process to results; and (c) Connect DEI data to talent development to meet inclusive development goals for diverse stakeholders.
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