Barack Obama Visiting San Diego in May as Convention Keynoter

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President Obama hands challenge coin to Marine commander at Miramar stop on May 8, 2014. Photo by Chris Stone

By Ken Stone

Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at an international conference next May in San Diego, according to the host Association for Talent Development.

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“President Obama’s remarks will open the conference as ATD welcomes attendees to San Diego, and special events will continue throughout the week as ATD celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018,” the group announced Thursday.

Organizers of the ATD International Conference & Exposition expect more than 10,000 attendees from 75 countries at the San Diego Convention Center.

Obama’s talk is set for Monday, May 7. The convention is May 6-9.

In April, Obama was widely criticized when reports said he would be paid $400,000 for a speech at a healthcare conference by Wall Street’s Cantor Fitzgerald in September.

The 44th president last was in San Diego for a La Jolla fundraiser in October 2016. He’s traveled here several other times, including attending the November 2011 “Carrier Classic” basketball game on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.

ATD, which last held its convention in San Diego in 2008, calls itself the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve.

Founded in 1943, the group was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development. Founded in 1943, the group was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development. Its international conference accounts for a third of the group’s revenues, according to its 2016 report.

The San Diego chapter was chartered in 1947. Its website says: “Our members represent financial and educational institutions, retailers, hospitals, high technology firms, manufacturing, government agencies, service industries, construction, tourism, publishing and airlines, as well as independent consultants and students.”

The local group, led by President Annette Weinstein, meets at least once each month, for either lunch or dinner, says its site.

“Meetings include a program with speakers selected for their expertise in a particular learning and development or other management area. Information on each meeting is published in the Chapter newsletter.”

Professional memberships range in annual cost from $209 to $319.

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