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2018 Conference Central

2018 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

The Academy is celebrating its 25th annual conference in 2018 in Richmond, Virginia from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.

Join us for the 2018 Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia! The history of Richmond as a modern city, dates to the early 17th century, and is crucial to the development of the colony of Virginia, the American Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Richmond offers easy access to the ocean, mountains and Washington, DC. Trendy boutiques and restaurants, numerous sports and entertainment attractions, outdoor pursuits among one of the nation's largest river park systems, and a treasure trove of historic landmarks provide plenty of fun!

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2018 Keynote Presentation

Patricia (Pat) A. McLagan
We are thrilled to announce that Patricia (Pat) A. McLagan will be our keynote speaker. Pat is a recognized expert and thought leader in in the adult development arena.  The title of her speech is “Re-thinking learning and HRD for the Age of AI.” Pat’s view is that learners’ capabilities, confidence, and self-image in learning need radical change in order to thrive in a world of proliferating resources, information overload, artificial intelligence, and many other paradigm shifting forces. 

2018 Town Hall Forum Announced!

What Lies Ahead for HRD? A Pecha Kucha Exploration of Future Trends

Join us for an exciting Town Forum session featuring leaders in the field sharing their thoughts about trends that will likely affect the future HRD. Each presentation will be in the Pecha Kucha format--that is, each presenter only gets 20 slides for 20 seconds each to share their scholarship and provoke our thinking. It’s a fun and highly stimulating way to process a lot of great information and get all of us thinking together about some of the things that will affect the work HRD professionals will do in the future. Expect high-energy and “stretch” thinking and come ready to play with these ideas!

Organized by Wendy Ruona, President of AHRD.

2018 Conference Program Book, Presenter Guidelines, Poster E-Book, and Session Host Guidelines Now Available

Conference Rates

Download the Registration PDF

2018 Early Bird Rates

January 1, 2018

2018 Regular Rates

January 2, 2018

Full Conference

Member – Full Conference $365 $415
Student Member – Full Conference $280 $330
Non-Member – Full Conference $585 $635

Thursday-Only, Friday-Only or Saturday Only

Member – One Day Rate $220 $270
Student Member – One Day Rate $155 $205
Non-Member – One Day Rate $320 $370

Pre-Conference Workshops

Trading Secrets for Addressing HRD Challenges & Opportunities –  Member $100 $150
Trading Secrets for Addressing HRD Challenges & Opportunities –  Non-Member $150 $200
Talent Development –  Member $100 $150
Talent Development – Non-Member $150 $200

2018 Graduate Student Research Colloquium

Member $115 $165
Non-Member $165 $215

Guest Social Passes

Saturday President's Banquet $75 $75
Thursday Welcome Reception $25 $25

Accolades About Richmond

"With the James River as an anchor, Richmond reveals a stark natural beauty, that no matter the season, offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy."

— The New York Times, "36 Hours in Richmond, Virginia"

"Virginia's capital city combines genteel southern manners with a northern sensibility in a conflux of culture that can't quite be pigeonholed by geography or at any one point in history...Richmond is a city always half a step ahead of the zeitgeist."

— Metrosource, "Out of the Cradle of the Confederacy, Richmond Shines Anew"

"...Richmond, Virginia: a complex, richly layered city - cultured and refined, yet hard-working and accessible..."

— Food & Wine's, "48 Wild Hours in Richmond with the Rappahannock Boys"

"In Richmond, even what is old now feels cool."

— New York Daily News, "Richmond, Virginia is Transforming from Parochial to Cool, and One of the East Coast's Most Intriguing Cities"

"Virginia's capital has long been a destination for good grub,and in recent years, the dining scene has catapulted onto the national stage."

— USA Today, "Made in Virginia: Flavors Only Found in Richmond

Hotel & Travel

Marriott Richmond
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA


Thank You, Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Registration Is Now Open! Promote your organization at the 2018 Conference in the Americas.

President’s Dinner Sponsor

Texas A&M University Education & Human Development

Mobile App Sponsor

Graduate School of Education & Human Development


The Case Centre

George Washington University

Interpretive Simulations

Palgrave Macmillan

Texas A&M EHRD

Northeastern University 


MBTN: Management By The Numbers

About Richmond

Richmond ranks NO. 7 on Travel + Leisure’s list of “AMERICA’S FAVORITE CITIES.” —, May 2016

Local Flavor | Shop in Richmond | James River and Virginia Capital Trail | Attractions and Museums | Craft Beer and Cider and Wineries and Wine Bars | Visitors guide

View a video about Richmond!


Program or Sponsorship: 

Contact Kathie Pugaczewski or 1+(651)265-7859

Contact Member Service at 1+(651)290-7466 or email

Please do not email forms with credit card information. To protect your data and to comply with PCI standards, the AHRD office will not accept emailed credit card information.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be submitted through the Cancellation/Refund Request Form on or before January 15, 2018, to be eligible to receive a refund of the registration fee. All cancellations are subject to a $50 per person administrative processing fee. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registrations. Cancellations received prior to January 15th will be refunded in full, less a $50 administrative processing fee. Requests for refunds after the January 15th deadline will be reviewed by the AHRD Board of Directors on an individual basis two to three weeks after the conference. Special requests must be received before February 17th through the Cancellation/Refund Request Online Form. Please include an explanation of any extenuating circumstances and upload supporting documents. Refund requests will be reviewed two to three weeks after the conference. Refund requests received after February 17, will NOT be reviewed.

Audio/Video Policy: Registration and attendance at, or participation at association events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to association’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

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