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"It's all about finesse."
First Inaugural CTDO Next Event | Napa, CA | Featured Keynote: Chef Thomas Keller

On November 4, 2017, eight talent development executives gathered in Napa, California to hear from renowned Chef Thomas Keller and his thoughts on developing people. We explored Keller's six guiding principles that helped him throughout his career, his perspective on when talent leaves the organization, and more.

"Success is built on all the people who came before us who paved the way," Keller said.

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CTDO Next-Miami

If we weren't already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?
ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition, CTDO Next Event | San Diego, CA | Featured Keynote: Paul DePodesta

On May 7, 2018, 30 talent development executives gathered in San Diego to explore how this question, coined by Peter Drucker decades ago, applies today to a profession facing significant disruption and change. Paul DePodesta, chief strategy officer for the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, led the learning leaders in a fireside chat. DePodesta, subject of the popular 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and the 2011 sports film of the same name, described how his unique approach to sabermetrics—guided by Drucker's question—revolutionized Major League Baseball data and analytics two decades ago.

"We became absolutely relentless in asking that naïve question," DePodesta said. "It became part of our DNA. We were constantly questioning our core beliefs and all of the decisions we had made."

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CTDO Next Events
  • Author David Epstein June 11, 2019 in Washington DC
    David Epstein
    Featured Keynote!
    CTDO Next Networking Event at ATD 2020
    Meet us in The Mile High City for the ATD 2020 International Conference and Exposition and join us at our senior leader networking night to connect with learning executives and CTDO Next members from around the world.

    Embassy Suites, Denver Downtown Convention Center
    Monday, May 18, 2-6 pm, followed by dinner off-site.

    Keynote: David Epstein
    New York Times best-selling author and science writer David Epstein has made it his mission to uncover the keys to achieving high performance in any domain, and to debunk popular myths along the way. His New York Times best-seller, The Sports Gene, took readers inside the surprising science of extraordinary athletic performance. (It has been translated in 21 languages, and was read by both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.) In his latest book, the top ten New York Times and Amazon best-seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, Epstein examines the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and Nobel laureates. Named as one of Wharton professor Adam Grant’s “New Leadership Books to Read in 2019,” the Washington Post’s “10 Leadership Books to Watch For,” and selected for the JP Morgan Summer Reading List, Range has received rave reviews from the likes of Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell, and best-selling author Susan Cain as well as praise from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and NPR.

    Epstein brings bold new insights to business, education, technological innovation, healthcare and other industries on the best approach to career development. His conclusion: In most fields, especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Sharing fascinating examples from the career trajectories of Duke Ellington and Roger Federer to a preeminent CEO who took her first job around the age her peers were retiring, Epstein shows that at every stage of life, from the development of children in math, music and sports to students fresh out of college trying to find their way, to midcareer professionals in need of a change and would-be retirees looking for a new vocation after moving on from their previous one — generalists triumph as the world around them becomes increasingly specialized.
  • CTDO Next Santa Monica 2019
    Featured Keynote: Grant Imahara

    “Don’t be afraid of the robots.”

    On October 17, 2019, CTDO Next members gathered at Viceroy Santa Monica to discuss the state of robotics and implications for the workplace. Grant Imahara—electrical engineer, roboticist, and former television host of MythBusters—offered a refreshing take on the limitations of the current state of the art. From animatronics to self-driving vehicles, he counseled that robots aren’t quite as advanced as we tend to think they are. Robots will take some jobs—those that are dull, dirty, and dangerous. They will not take others that require creativity, empathy, innovation, and problem solving. The most likely scenario in the next decade will be humans and robots working together; robots will be more aware of and compliant with humans and humans more comfortable with robots.
  • CTDO Next Miami 2018
    Featured Keynotes: Kevin Mitnick and Stuart Russell

    “In the long run, we have to help people become better humans.”

    On October 10, 2018, CTDO Next members convened in Miami, Florida, for the network’s second-annual retreat. Featured keynotes included Kevin Mitnick, world-famous hacker turned white-hat security consultant and Stuart Russell, professor at UC Berkeley and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Members began exploring several transformations in talent development, including the future of measurement and analytics, cybersecurity training, and artificial intelligence.