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What is the field of Talent Development?

The field of Talent Development is also referred to as Training and Development, Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement, and Organizational Development.

In this profession, job roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Identify and analyze opportunities for individual and organizational improvement
  • Design and develop interventions, such as training programs, e-learning applications, coaching, and job aids, to exploit these opportunities to improve performance
  • Implement these interventions, monitoring and adjusting as needed
  • Evaluate the outcomes from interventions to verify desired outcomes are being achieved, and to identify additional opportunities for performance improvement.
How does ATDChi support students?
A part of ATDChi's mission is to bring new energy into the Talent Development Profession and to develop the future generation of Talent Development professionals. That is why ATDChi offers tremendous support for students.

Student Discounts

Student Member is $45.00 (USD) per year compared to a regular membership of $99 per year.

Student have an opportunity to register for ATDChi events with significant discounts. ATDChi hosts numerous professional development events thought out the year.


ATDChi's Dr. Deborah Colky Workplace Learning and Performance Student Award recognizes an exceptional graduate or undergraduate student in the Workplace Learning and Performance Profession.

Expanding Your Network

ATDChi also provides opportunities for students to find a Mentor within the organization.

As a student member of ATDChi, you will be able to access the Members Directory to be able to connect with the best professionals in the field residing in the Chicagoland area.

You will also be eligible to use our Career Center to view the latest job opportunities to which you can apply through our website. 


Jennifer Fitzgerald is an undergraduate student at Northeastern Illinois University actively pursuing a degree in Human Resource Development and Psychology. Going back to college after 20 years can be a bit intimidating but she is thankful to have support and mentorship helping her to feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process of changing careers. 

Through her current career experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist, she has come to realize that having an ability to help others feel better is extremely satisfying and humbling especially when clients trust enough allowing her to enhance the quality of their life. Each day she learns something new and the process has allowed her to grow from each learning experience. HRD encompasses a broad range of career opportunities building off her current experience and she will continue to build on those skills while identifying a future career path whether it’s in training and development, organizational development, instructional design, talent acquisition, or HR. 

The passion she has for continuing her education to learn a great deal in the training and development field has led her to ATDChi. She is extremely honored to have been chosen as a Student Ambassador so she can help to guide other students, whether fresh out of high school or returning later in life as she has to have support and feel comfortable in their transition. She is looking forward to empowering other students, participating in volunteer work, networking, and especially determined to work hard to familiarize students, colleagues, and professionals about the benefits ATDChi has to offer throughout her role as Student Ambassador.


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