Come hungry; leave smarter.

About ISPI-LA.

Come Hungry. Leave Smarter.

ISPI-LA Saturday Seminars include both a breakfast and a lunch. Every Saturday Seminar is held at Antioch University in Culver City.

ISPI and its members use evidence-based performance improvement research and practices to effect sustainable, measurable results and add value to stakeholders in the private, public, and social sectors. Performance improvement practices are recognized globally as an essential part of every organization’s competitive strategy.


Photography by Douglas Sietsema.

Goals and Principles

Goal 1: ISPI is recognized as the champion and leading resource for performance improvement.

Goal 2: ISPI members are engaged and satisfied.

Goal 3: ISPI is a resilient and sustainable organization.

Guiding Principles:

  • Maintain a global mindset.
  • Facilitate networking among practitioners.
  • Leverage opportunities.
  • Foster diversity and inclusion.
  • Value stakeholders.
  • Operate under the Standards of Performance Technology and the Code of Ethics of our profession.

The Ten Standards of Performance Improvement

  1. Focus on results or outcomes
  2. Take a systemic view
  3. Add value
  4. Work in partnership with clients and stakeholders
  5. Determine need or opportunity
  6. Determine cause
  7. Design solutions including implementation and evaluation
  8. Ensure solutions’ conformity and feasibility
  9. Implement solutions
  10. Evaluate results and impact


The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents more than 10,000 international and chapter members throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries. ISPI’s mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of our members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology. Assembling an Annual Conference & Expo and other educational events like the Institute, publishing books and periodicals, and supporting research are some of the ways ISPI works toward achieving this mission.


With roots firmly planted in performance research and instructional design, the Society was founded in 1962 as the National Society for Programmed Instruction. Later, evolving with members who were concerned fundamentally with performance and its improvement, the Society changed its name to the National Society for Performance and Instruction. As the Society’s mission developed more globally and human performance technology became more widely regarded as a process of selection, analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs to most cost-effectively influence human behavior and accomplishment, we became the International Society for Performance Improvement.

A Focus on Performance and the ISPI Advantage

Workforce performance takes on new significance in our economic future. Human performance technology (HPT) — the systematic approach to improving productivity and competence — is the key to global competitiveness. Although training and education are critical to increasing competitiveness, meeting the educational challenge is only part of the answer. An effective human resource system needs an outstanding learning system, but it requires more; it requires a focus on performance. To improve human performance, we must manage the performance improvement system. That system must be the core of an organization’s human resource efforts if it is to maintain its competitiveness in the long run.

Who Belongs to ISPI?

Performance technologists, training directors, human resources managers, instructional technologists, human factors practitioners, and organizational consultants are members of ISPI. They work in a variety of settings including business, academia, government, health services, banking, and the armed forces.


Photography by Douglas Sietsema.