by D. Romero | May 10, 2017 | 7 Min Read

Unleash Your Competitive Advantage at ATD 2017

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The ATD 2017 conference is fast approaching, and with over 10,000 attendees, 400 speakers, 300 educational sessions and 400 vendors, it’s shaping up to be another incredible year. This year’s event is May 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. We’ll be calling booth #343 our home away from home. During our time at ATD 2017, we’ll have one goal in mind – to help you unleash your competitive advantage. Here’s what you can expect from your friends at Unboxed – an unconventional conference experience is guaranteed.


David Williamson, our Director of Content Strategy, will be leading daily micro sessions to share our research on the top L&D trends as well as how using humor can improve your training’s effectiveness. There’s no need to register – just show up at booth #343 during the times listed below. Seating is limited, but if you have to stand we’ll have extra padding under the carpet to keep you comfortable. Here’s the schedule:

2017’s Top Learning and Development Trends

  • Monday, 11:00am
  • Tuesday, 11:30am
  • Wednesday, 11:30am

Using Humor to Improve Training Effectiveness

  • Monday, 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, 1:00pm

Oh, and of course we’ll have prizes. Tweet what you’ve learned from one of these sessions using the hashtag #unboxedtrends or #unboxedhumor, and we’ll pick daily winners to take home some cool Unboxed swag.


As a training or sales leader, you face challenges every day. What gets in your way? What keeps you up at night? What do you wish you could change? We want to know. So, come write on our booth. We’ll provide the purple and orange Sharpies. Simply stop by and share your top training and sales challenges. After the conference, our team of experts will collect your inputs and host a webinar with recommendations on how to overcome those challenges. Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard.


Every day at Unboxed headquarters, our office manager, Bette, makes infused water to keep the team hydrated. We’re bringing that same refreshment to ATD 2017. So, even if you don’t attend one of our micro sessions, or write on our booth (we can’t understand why you wouldn’t want to do both), you can at least stop by for something fresh to drink.


In addition to all the knowledge and fun above, here are the Unboxed team members you’ll get to meet at ATD 2017 and what makes them a little … unconventional. [one_half]

Rick Lloyd

  • Dance dad
  • VP, Sales and Client Services
  • Has a bumper sticker on his car that says, “The older I get, the better I was.”


David Williamson

  • Still reads Judy Blume.
  • Director of Content Strategy
  • Has an overdeveloped sense of humor.

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Kiersten Hoffman

  • Grew up in Toronto, Chicago, and Virginia – the proof is in her charming accent.
  • Spoke Account Manager
  • Prefers Star Trek over Star Wars.

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Caleb Keiter

  • Collects crazy socks.
  • Marketing Manager
  • Likes his tea hot and his bourbon neat.[/one_half_last]


Needless to say, we’re excited to experience the largest L&D conference of the year. And of course, to meet you. Want in? There’s still time. We have free expo passes. Use invitation number 9984. Already registered? Add us to your conference agenda and come hang out at the Georgia Aquarium during networking night. Whether you’re attending or not, join the conversation on Twitter by following @unboxedtech and using the official conference hashtag #atd2017. See you in Atlanta!

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