March 19, 2020
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) shares the talent development community’s deep concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, which is a dynamic and fluid situation affecting communities, organizations, and nations. We are actively monitoring the latest guidance and travel advisories from global public health authorities.
We know you have many questions about the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition, which is scheduled in nine weeks, May 17-20, 2020 in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
First and foremost, we want to be sure you know that our staff, participants, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, chapter leaders, delegation leaders, speakers, and volunteers—everyone who joins ATD to learn and network at our events and workshops—are our highest priority.
Like you, we are monitoring news of event cancellations, school closings, travel restrictions, and declarations of states of emergency. In the last several days, the City and County of Denver have ordered public gatherings, including those scheduled for the Colorado Convention Center, to be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If ATD 2020 were taking place in that timeframe, the decision to cancel the Conference and EXPO would be clear. However, because the timing of ATD 2020 is nine weeks from now, our path forward is not as clear. We’re continuing to assess the situation daily and are in close contact with the City of Denver and our event partners to constantly learn more about the impact of the outbreak in Denver and follow the latest advisories from public health authorities.
During the last several weeks, our conferences and events team has been working on a virtual experience for ATD 2020 to support a robust learning experience for registered attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and our global talent development community. We will have more information to share on this virtual offering in the coming weeks.
What happens if ATD 2020 is cancelled?
Given the continued uncertainty, we may not be able to communicate a decision on ATD 2020 for several more weeks. If the Conference and EXPO were to be cancelled, we will work with our attendees to refund conference registration fees. ATD has provided flexibility in the attendee cancellation policy and, in the event that ATD 2020 were to go forward, we have decided to allow refunds to attendees who request them up to May 8, 2020 if they are unable to travel to Denver for the conference.
Hotel reservations booked in the ATD 2020 hotel block may be cancelled up to 72 hours before arrival without penalty by contacting MCI Housing by phone (800.931.6032 or +1.972.349.5562) or by email: email@example.com.
Our goal is to provide an update to the entire ATD 2020 community by mid-April. We will continue to monitor all aspects of this challenging situation. Working with our partners and the local authorities in Denver, ATD will make an informed decision in the best interest of our entire community as we get closer to May.
March 16, 2020
ATD shares the talent development community’s deep concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our staff, participants, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, chapter leaders, volunteers, and everyone who joins ATD to learn and network at our events and workshops are our highest priority.
With our Denver partners and other experts, we’re continuing to evaluate the impact of the outbreak on the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition scheduled for May 17-20. The ATD team meets daily to review new information and guidance from public health authorities.
We understand the situation is changing rapidly, corporate policies are being adjusted, and there many things that may impact your planned conference experience. If you prefer to cancel your registration for ATD 2020, we’re here to help. ATD will provide flexibility to attendees to cancel and receive a refund through May 8, 2020 to anyone who is unable to travel to Denver to attend the conference.
ATD will continue to monitor information from the Denver and Colorado public health authorities and will communicate again when we have additional information in the coming weeks. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to keep our members, customers, and learners updated during this very challenging time.
March 6, 2020
ATD continues to monitor the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including reports and travel advisories from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other global public health authorities.
We understand that this is a dynamic situation and are sensitive to concerns and questions about the ATD 2020 International Conference and Exposition, which is scheduled May 17-20 in Denver, Colorado.
VISIT DENVER, the convention and visitors bureau for the City, has posted its emergency preparedness plan and we encourage you to review it to understand how the City and County of Denver are preparing in coordination with other local authorities and partners.
We are working closely with our vendors and partners to provide a comfortable learning experience for our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. As additional information becomes available, we will post updates to this FAQ and communicate with members of community who are making plans for ATD 2020.
February 28, 2020
Members of the ATD community who are part of the ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition:
We are looking forward to seeing our global community at ATD 2020 in Denver, Colorado, this May. ATD is actively monitoring the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including reports and travel advisories from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other global public health authorities.
At this time, we are continuing to plan for a terrific conference, exposition, and learning experience for everyone who attends ATD 2020 in Denver. While we are not in a position to recommend a specific course of action for travel in May, we recommend monitoring your government’s travel advisories and restrictions to understand any changes that may arise as a result of your country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
ATD is fortunate to have a supportive and inclusive global community of professionals who look forward to coming together annually to learn with and from one another. We are sensitive to everyone’s concerns and will be doing everything we can to help those who attend ATD 2020 feel welcome and comfortable.
ATD 2020 is taking place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, and the team there is adhering to recommendations provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding the use of cleaning disinfectants effective against the coronavirus.
In addition to suggesting recommendations like frequent hand washing and other travel advice from the CDC, ATD will be putting in place additional measures during ATD 2020, such as:
- disinfecting registration kiosks and counters continuously throughout the day
- offering disinfectant wipes or liquid hand sanitizer in main areas of the conference such as ATD Central, the ATD Store, the EXPO Hall, the Global Village, and registration
- providing disinfectant wipes for speakers to wipe down equipment they used
- increasing medical personnel at the conference to assist those with medical issues or concerns.
We will continue working with our conference providers and vendors on additional ways to make your experience comfortable.
Also, ATD will work closely with conference speakers to recommend against engaging in activities that involve physical contact—such as shaking hands—out of an abundance of caution and to respect individuals’ personal preferences. ATD staff and our hundreds of volunteers will be on hand during the conference to help answer questions and assist with any needs that may arise. We want your time at ATD 2020 to be a comfortable, exciting, and positive learning experience.
If you have additional questions, please reach out to ATD via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to monitor the latest information available from global public health authorities and will provide updates when possible through the conference’s Frequently Asked Questions.
ATD President and CEO