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2011 Conference Central

international research conference in the americas

2011 Conference Central

Reshaping the Landscape: HRD in an Uncertain Economy

February 23-26, 2011

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois, USA

Participants in this international research conference include national and international HRD practitioners, graduate students, and university faculty. The organizations represented include national and international universities, nonprofits, governments, and corporations from around the world.

In addition to the opportunity to submit and attend sessions for papers, abstracts, and posters, attendees are invited to attend preconference sessions and graduate students are encouraged to attend the AHRD Emerging Research Course conducted on the Wednesday and Thursday preceding the conference.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE for the 2011 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

This is an excellent opportunity to increase your organization's exposure to more than 350 human resource development experts and scholars.

There are four different sponsorship levels available, all of which have varying degrees of exposure and all of which include exhibit opportunities. We are also offering exhibit only opportunities and, new this year, a special rate for colleges/universities/institutions to exhibit.

For more details on these opportunities

Conference Keynote:

Strategic HRD Capabilities: Guaranteeing Value and Impact

Keynote Presenter:Robert O. Brinkerhoff, EdD

Friday, February 25, 2011, from 10:30a to 12:00 noon

Robert BrinkerhoffRobert O. Brinkerhoff, Ed.D., is an internationally recognized expert in evaluation and training effectiveness, and winner of the ASTD 2007 Exceptional Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance award and the 2008 Neon Elephant award for creative contributions to workplace learning Hehas provided consultation to dozens of major companies and organizations in the United States, South Africa, Russia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia.


Brinkerhoff is creator of the innovative Success Case Method for evaluation of training, author of sixteen books on evaluation and training, and has been a keynote speaker and presenter at hundreds of conferences and institutes worldwide. Scores of leading corporations and agencies ranging from Dell Computer and Nike to the World Bank and Central Intelligence Agency have adopted his methods and tools for training effectiveness and evaluation.

He earned a doctorate at the University of Virginia in program evaluation where he also coordinated a "street academy" for disadvantaged youth for four years. He is currently a principal consultant and alliance partner with Advantage Performance Group and Professor emeritus at Western Michigan University.


Brinkerhoff's work experience includes a five-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, a carpenter, charter-boat mate in the West Indies, grocery salesman in Puerto Rico, and factory laborer in Birmingham, England where he saw the original Beatles. He has four children, thankfully mostly chronologically grown, and lives with his wife and several unruly dogs in Richland, Michigan. He can be reached at

Conference Rates

Early Bird rates are valid through January 21, 2011.

Pre-conference rates are:

Member Early: $135
Member Late: $160
Non Member Early: $185
Non Member Late: $210

The Thinking and Acting with Scenarios rates are as follows:

Cost: $1,500 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

The Developing Research Competencies for Emerging Scholars and Scholar Practitioners rates are as follows:

Member Early: $95
Member Late: $120
Non Member Early: $120
Non Member Late: $145

The Emerging Research Course rates are as follows:

Member Early: $95
Member Late: $120
Non Member Early: $120
Non Member Late: $145



Member Early

Member Late

Nonmember Early

Nonmember Late

Full Conference





Full Conference - Student Rates





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Dinner and Reception





Student Rates:

Any member, no matter their membership status, can register at the Student Rate if they are enrolled at least 1/2 time in school. To register at the student rate, you must provide your advisor's name, phone number and email. There will be audits to verify enrollment.

Program Committee Contact Information

Food 'N Thought Sessions

Food N' Thought (FNT) sessions are 1-hour informal brown bag sessions where participants dialogue about a scholarly topic of interest. In the past, FNT topics have included globalization, leadership, organizational learning, spirituality, book reviews, and more.

View the abstracts for the 2011 FNT sessions here.

Call for Papers (deadline has passed)

Download the 2011 Conference Call for Papers with complete information or view the Call for Papers page.

The Academy of Human Resource Development welcomes submissions from researchers and scholar-practitioners in all academic fields and disciplines. Manuscripts must be submitted online to one of the following tracks:

  1. Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation

  2. Career Development

  3. Critical & Social Justice Perspectives of HRD

  4. International, Global & Cross-Cultural Issues

  5. Virtual HRD, Technology, & Distance Learning

  6. Leadership

  7. Workplace Learning, Training & Development

  8. Organizational Development & Change

  9. Performance

  10. Strategic HRD

  11. Theory & Foundations of HRD

Important Dates, Deadlines & Submission Information

Final Submission Deadline for Manuscripts:
The submission deadline for the 2011 Americas conference was September 15, 2010, 12 midnight Pacific time.

Decision notification to authors:
October 29, 2010 (author inquiries can be made to our Proceedings Editor, Khalil M. Dirani)

Camera-ready submissions due to Track Chair Editors:
December 8, 2010

To be included in the conference proceedings, at least one author per submission must register for the conference by: January 12, 2011


Online Conference registration will be available in early December.

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