Talent Development Hot Seat: Interviews with Executives and Learning & Development Leaders from Companies around the World

Talent Development Hot Seat: Interviews with Executives and Learning & Development Leaders from Companies around the World

The Talent Development Hot Seat features interviews and insights from leading talent development professionals and company executives who are passionate about developing their people. The host, Andy Storch, will ask each of them to share some of their successes, failures, challenges and advice for others as well as what trends they are seeing in the industry. The main goal of the podcast is to help listeners become more successful in their own jobs and accelerate their careers as Talent Development professionals.

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    Ep 51: Empowering Success through Assessment and Coaching with Charlene Rousseau

    Dr. Charlene Rousseau. Charlene is an Executive Coach at L&OD consultant. She’s also a speaker, educator, podcaster, and author. Currently she is the Director of Learning and Development for The Learning Experience, an academy of early childhood, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, FL. In her role, she shapes the vision and strategy for learning, growth, and development of TLE's leadership. She aims to foster high performing and collaborative teams that will warrant scalability and ensure the company's rapid exponential growth. Charlene is also the CEO and Co-Founder of InvestHuman podcast, a leadership and professional development podcast dedicated to "reviving the heart of organisations by reigniting the appreciation for the human element of work.” She also has a PhD in I/O Psychology and her research interests include Adult Learning and Distance and Online Education.

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    Ep 50: Aligning Organizational Culture and Reward Systems to Drive Behavior Change with Thane Bellomo from Exelon

    Thane Bellomo has over 20 years of experience helping people and organizations maximize their potential and optimize their performance by aligning and developing organizational culture, people, processes and systems. Thane has worked in the manufacturing, healthcare, government and energy industries.

    Currently, Thane is an Organizational and Leadership Development Leader at Exelon, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider with 25,000 employees.

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    Ep 48: Enhancing the Learning Experience using Data, Artificial Intelligence and xAPI w/ Casper Moerck from Siemens

    Today's interview is with Casper Moerck, who is Head of Learning Technology - Americas at Siemens. Casper has been giving presentations at conferences about how he and his team are using AI and xAPI at Siemens and why other companies should be doing the same thing so I wanted to share that information with you today. Warning, this interview might blow you away.

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    Ep 47: Discovering the Joy of Genius with Dr. Gay Hendricks

    In this episode of Talent Development Hot Seat, Andy interviewed Dr. Gay Hendricks for the second time. Dr. Hendricks has been a leader in the fields of relationship, transformation, and body/mind transformation for more than 45 years now. Andy and Dr. Hendricks talked about the book Dr. Hendricks wrote called "The Joy of Genius.” To know more about the book and Dr. Gay Hendricks, listen to this episode and enjoy!

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    Ep 46: Creating a Consistent Learning Environment for Sales Teams with Andy Paul

    Andy is the founder of The Sales House, the first all-in-one modern sales education platform for B2B sellers and sales leaders. He created The Sales House to help B2B sales professionals educate themselves about how to successfully sell in today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment.

    Andy is the author of two books on sales - Amp Up Your Sales and,Zero-Time Selling - and has been named one of the top 50 global sales experts to follow on LinkedIn. After a successful career in corporate sales, Andy founded his own company in 2000, and has since helped companies and individual sellers around the world to transform their sales results.

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    Ep 45: How to Connect Learning Strategy to Business Strategy and Results w/ Jill Coln from Varian Medica Systems

    Jill Coln is a dynamic Talent and Organizational Development Leader with extensive experience in innovative design, development and implementation of global enterprise-wide talent development experiences that get results.

    Jill has worked in Talent Development over the past 19 years and has spent time in the Hi-Tech, software and medical device fields. She is currently the Director of Global Learning and Development at Varian Medical Systems.

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    Ep 43: Making Diversity and Inclusion Happen using Data and Strategy with Paul Chiames

    Paul is an internationally experienced HR executive and talent leader who forges strong links between long and short-term business objectives and human resource planning and outcomes. Paul has worked as an SPP of leadership development in the entertainment industry. He has built leadership teams, led HR departments through major changes, built innovative executive development programs in multiple organisations, and a host of other things across HR. Most recently, Paul was the CHRO of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and is currently an independent consultant, coach, and speaker

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    Ep 42: "Futureproofing" your Workforce for the Digital World with Sarah McEneaney from PwC

    In this episode, Andy interviews Sarah Mceneaney, the Digital Talent Leader for PwC across the US and Mexico. She's a member of the People Leadership Team and is responsible for enabling success across all talent elements of PwC's digital transformation priorities. In today's show, they talked about PwC, how she prioritizes things, and how to make employees work in the most effective way in this digital age, among many others. You’ll learn so many things in today’s show so don’t forget to tune in!

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    Ep 41: Taking a Holistic Approach to Developing People and using a Leadership Code with Victoria Sevilla from Vmware

    Victoria Sevilla believes in the power of positive organizational cultures, not only for what they can achieve, but how they make people feel.

    Currently, Victoria is is the Director of Global People Development for VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology with over 20,000 employees, where she creates and facilitates cutting-edge experiential learning programs .

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    Ep 40: Building Customized Solutions and Measuring Results with Karishma Buford from Groupon

    Karishma is the Vice President of Global Talent Management at Groupon, where she leads a global team of talent acquisition, employment branding and talent development leaders to deliver best-in-class programs that attract, select, develop, and retain great talent; drive enterprise-wide culture transformation and employee engagement initiatives. .

    Karishma brings 15+ years of experience designing and delivering customized talent development solutions including well-rounded exposure to e-commerce, financial services, technology, defense, healthcare, and retail industries.

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    Ep 39: Why Sales Training to be more Strategic and Focus on Managers with David Lusk from Teradata

    David is a Sales Development expert who has over 20 years of business development, sales training and consulting experience. Currently he is the Sales and Professional Development Learning Consultant at Teradata, a large IT company based in San Diego, CA. .

    Prior to joining Teradata in 2016, David served as Director of Sales Enablement at Veeam where we rolled out a global sales initiative that lead to a 90% growth in revenue. He is a co-founder of Vantage Point Performance, a boutique consultancy specializing in sales leadership practices and developed much of their intellectual property.

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    Ep 38: How to Develop a World Class Leadership Program and Win a Brandon Hall Excellence Award with Meredith Lubitz from Dow Jones

    Meredith Lubitz is a talent junkie leading company-wide talent acquisition, talent development and executive coaching efforts. Currently, she is the SVP of Talent Management at Dow Jones, where she is focused on building and managing a broad spectrum of global initiatives including: Recruiting, Onboarding, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Change Management, Career Development, Employee Engagement, High Potential Intiatives, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, and Digital Transformation Programs.

    Meredith serves on various boards focusing on the future of work and how to drive learning that informs rather than reacts to change.

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    Ep 37: Building a True Learning Culture and the Four Pillars of Success with Kevin Delaney from LinkedIn

    An interview with Kevin Delaney, an HR leader with 20 years of experience in large companies, startups and high-growth technology companies. Currently Kevin is the Vice President of Learning & Development at LinkedIn, which I’m sure all of my listeners are very familiar with.

    Kevin has extensive experience leading organizations and teams through growth and change and has a very unique and different perspective on HR and L&D than many others in the industry and I’m looking forward to getting into that.

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    Ep 36: Understanding Feedback vs. Coaching with Susan Rusconi from Splunk

    Susan is the Director of Leadership Development at Splunk, a leading software platform for machine data that enables customers to gain real-time Operational Intelligence.

    As an experienced Leadership Development professional, she leverages her multi-functional business background to design and deliver strategic leadership programs that align with the business strategy of the company.

    Over her career, she had developed strong abilities to understand business objectives, build strong relationship in all levels of the organisation, and develop and execute great development programs in all areas of the business. She also has a strong area of expertise around feedback and coaching.

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    Ep 34: Managing HR through a Downturn of a Cyclical Industry with Bonnie Houston, CAO/CHRO of NOV

    Bonnie Houston is Chief Administrative Officer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a multinational oilfield services company based in Houston. As CAO, Bonnie oversees all global human resources functions for NOV’s 35,000+ employees across 60+ countries including general HR support, leadership development, organizational development, performance management, talent acquisition, talent review, succession, benefits, and compensation. She also leads the global physical security, travel, and fleet teams.

    She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and then from Rice University in 2011 with a Master’s of Business Administration. She has served on advisory councils for Harvard Business Publishing, Oracle, and Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA).

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    Ep 33: Effective Decision-Making and How to Launch a Coaching and Speaking Business with Pete Mockaitis

    Pete Mockaitis [Muh KITE iss] is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps professionals perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine.

    Pete has delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, Amazon, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, and the United Nations), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university.

    He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at your Job podcast. The show has been downloaded over three million times and consistently ranks as a top business show in Apple Podcasts. Pete lives in Chicago with his wife and baby boy.

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    Ep 32: Building Effective Development Programs on a Global Scale with Brandon Carson from Delta Airlines

    Brandon is an award winning, innovative and highly focused talent development leader with a progressive track record of learning strategy and execution. Currently Brandon is serving as the Director of Learning at Delta Airlines, which has 86,000 employees worldwide.

    Brandon is also the author of the book "Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate, and Get Work Done" from ATD Press. He has extensive experience developing global learning strategies and curriculum design, global customer training and leading internal and external global teams.

    Brandon has a Masters in Education in eLearning Technology and Design and experience across many industries in his career. I’m excited to learn from him today.

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    Ep 30: Influencing Change from within with Yumna Ali of SunTrust Bank

    Yumna Ali is the Group Vice President of Organizational Enablement and Transformation at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. She is highly focused on taking a data-driven approach to organizational design and efficiency, and effective execution of strategy and change leadership.

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    Ep 29: How to Define Goals and Execute a Plan like a Navy SEAL with Larry Yatch

    Today I have a very special interview. Larry Yatch is a US Naval Academy graduate and a 10 year veteran of the US Navy SEALs who led and planned the largest special operations mission in US history.

    During his career, Larry has been honored with the ‘Combat V’ for Valor in Battle “above and beyond the call of duty,” the Achievement Medal for Innovation in Navy SEAL combat tactics, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal for relief efforts in East Timor and Sri Lanka.

    His greatest accomplishment is not as a SEAL however; rather it is the fact that he has created an Exceptional Performance Formula for individuals and teams that integrate all the elite processes, structures, mindsets and skills that previously only a select number of special operators could access.

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    Ep 26: The Challenge of Talent Mobility and Human Capital Deployment with Jeff Krautkramer of IDEX Corp.

    Jeff is a Global Human Resources leader with 18+ years of progressive HR experience. He currently is the Vice President of HR supporting the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and ~7,000 employees at IDEX Corporation, a $2 Billion+ publicly traded company (NYSE: IEX) engaged in the development, design and manufacture of fluidics systems and specialty engineered products.

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    Ep 24: How to Develop Great Leaders using a Community Approach with Stacey Porter of Intuitive Surgical

    Stacey brings 15+ years of leadership development and organizational learning experience in the technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Currently Stacey is the Head of Global Talent Development at Intuitive Surgical, the pioneering medical device company that has made robotic assisted surgery a reality. In this position, she works internally as an organizational design expert, architect of leadership & management development programs, and an executive coach.

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    Ep 23: The Importance of Asking Questions and Focusing on Results

    Today is a solo episode where I talk about the importance of asking questions and focusing on results. I give some example questions you can ask as well as some takeaways from recent interviews and the CLO Exchange that I attended in Chicago. Enjoy!

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    Ep 20: How to Lead a Successful Digital Transformation with Mike Pino of Cognizant

    In this episode, Andy interviews Mike, the senior director and global learning partner of Cognizant Digital Academy. He spent the last 20 years finding ways to make a difference by developing strategy, technology, and people to create change throughout organisations. During that time, he's led technology services, cross-functional teams and units, worked in more than 20 countries, and designed and developed learning systems around the world. They also discussed his greatest accomplishments, the mistakes he made, the challenges he faced, and his advice for leading a digital transformation. Listen and enjoy!

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    Ep 18: Creating a Culture of Learning with Anthony Fryar of AppDirect

    Anthony is a learning and development professional who is passionate about helping people learn and grow. He loves enabling others to thrive by equipping them with the right opportunities.

    Currently Anthony is the head of learning development at Appdirect, which is a technology company that provides the only end-to-end cloud commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy.

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    Ep 17: Designing Learning Journeys and Great Performance Management Systems with Kile Dyer of The Wine Group

    Today’s guest is Kile Dyer, the vice president of talent management at The Wine Group, the world’s 3rd largest wine producer by volume. He's a proven talent management and organization development professional with over 10 years of experience in large-scale change management, workforce and succession planning, executive coaching and development, program design and facilitation, and measurement and evaluation.

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    Ep 16: Developing a New Generation of Talent with Christine DiDonato of Career Revolution

    Christine DiDonato is an innovator in the space of emerging leader development and the founder of Career Revolution and the recently acquired AwesomeBoss.com. As the former Head of Talent for Sony Electronics, Inc., Christine focused her passion and research on developing the youngest generation of employees to become the next generation of leaders. To relieve managers from having to carry 100% of the burden of solving the generational gap she created "AccelerateME," a unique feedback tool specifically designed for today’s young professionals to get the feedback they crave and take greater ownership of their career path. Christine is a LinkedIn author, seasoned facilitator, and workplace strategist that partners with clients to move beyond theory and academics and put tangible solutions in place that address the challenges of our new workforce.

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    Ep 15: Building HIgh Performing, Cohesive Teams with Mike Herron of Hitachi Vantara

    Mike Herron is Vice President of Global Talent at Hitachi Vantara, a data and technology company based in Santa Clara, CA.

    Combining a passion for business and innovation, Mike has focused his career on driving progressive talent, leadership, and organization development practices. He specializes in identifying the talent levers of business strategies and building or evolving processes that support those strategies. Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara, Mike worked in Leadership Development leadership roles at Bank of America and HP.

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    Ep 14: Running L&D as a "Self-Funded" Organization with Lisa Lang of Siemens

    Lisa is the Head of Learning Campus Americas at Siemens, where she has over 20 years of experience serving more than 75,000 Siemens employees across the Americas, primarily working in learning, performance improvement, business change initiatives, and program management.

    In her role, Lisa is responsible for designing and implementing the learning strategy for business-related learning programs as well as overseeing apprenticeships and developing the future pipeline of workers within the Americas.

    Lisa did her undergrad at Clemson University and Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida. She enjoys long-distance running and spending time with her family in their hometown of Winter Park, FL.

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    13: Designing Great Sales Training with Cindi Rhodes of Delta Dental

    In this episode, we will be talking with Cindi Rhodes, a training manager in sales and marketing at Delta Dental in California. Cindi specializes in designing and developing learning opportunities for sales and marketing personnel throughout the US.

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    Ep 12: Discover your Zone of Genius with Gay Hendricks, Author of the Big Leap

    Dr. Gay Hendricks has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years now. After earning his PhD from Stanford in 1974, he served as professor of counselling psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has also written more than 40 books including best-sellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap, Conscious Loving, and New Conscious Loving Ever After. The last two books were co-authored by his wife of more than 35 years. He has also appeared in more than 500 radio and television shows including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, and 48 Hours.

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    11: Resurrecting Talent Development and Building a Manager Bootcamp with Dannielle Yates of the Standard

    Dannielle is is a Leadership Development program manager at The Standard, an insurance and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

    Dannielle has a masters from Antioch University and strong experience in organization and leadership development, learning and development and strategic communications. She has worked in the insurance and financial services industry over 11 years and the technology sector for nearly two decades.

    Dannielle is also a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and former Peace Corps volunteer. She lives in Tualatin, OR with her husband. And most importantly, they have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law and one grandchild with a second due soon.

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    10: Optimizing Sales Training with Natalie Hamlett of North Highland Consulting

    Natalie is a Learning and Development program manager at North Highland Consulting, based in Atlanta, Ga. North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology & digital, and transformation.

    Over her career, Natalie has extensive experience leading L&D initiatives in corporate environments and has expertise in areas such as managing sales and product enablement projects, developing GTM strategies, developing blended curriculum and facilitating workshops.

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    08: Encouraging Collaboration and Communication with Mindy Fox of Shutterfly

    Mindy Fox is a strategic, results oriented HR leader with over 25 plus years of experience, concentrated on all areas of people growth and enablement. She is currently the Director of Talent Management at Shutterfly and lives in Southern California with significant other and goldfish.

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    06: Connecting Talent Programs to Company Strategy with Elena Ponce of Apttus

    Elena Ponce is the Vice President of Talent Management, Employee Engagement and Communication at Apttus, which is the world’s first Middle Office Platform. Apttus automates, optimizes and applies AI to the revenue generation process to maximize business outcomes. Prio to joining Apttus, Elena spent several years at Salesforce.com, which was named the most innovative company in the world many times. Elena lives and works in Silicon Valley south of San Francisco

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    05: Creating Culture and Building a World-Class Management Associate Program with Chicka Elloy of BCD Travel

    Chicka Elloy is the Senior Director of Global Strategic Talent Management at BCD Travel in Atlanta. In his role, Chicka is responsible for strategically leading the global coordination of BCD Travel talent initiatives, PEOPLE branding, and tactical execution across the functions of Talent Acquisition (recruitment), Learning & Development, HR Business Partnering, and Talent Program Management.

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    04: Developing People through Empowerment and Coaching with Jon Upton of Salesforce.com

    Jon is Vice President of Sales Engineering at Salesforce.com, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to coming to Salesforce, Jon has worked at a few other software giants like Oracle, SAP and Accenture. Jon has a real passion for developing people Through empowerment, coaching, and by helping others to see the potential in themselves!

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