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Ensuring Talent Management is Enhancing Growth and Profitability

When: 05/19/2015
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where: Mercer University - Atlanta Administration and Conference Center
2930 Flowers Road South
Atlanta, Georgia  30341
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Ensuring Talent Management is Enhancing Growth and Profitability

Is your company known for developing its leaders? Or do they just pay lip service to the phrase “our people are our greatest asset?" In today’s marketplace, the war for talent is at an all-time high. What was once viewed as a touchy-feely topic relegated to the HR department, leadership development is now seen as a strategic business tool that gives companies a competitive advantage. But what’s required to build a world-class talent management organization? How do you get buy-in from the top to invest in identifying and developing your leaders? Come hear from our distinguished panel of business and HR leaders as they discuss what a successful talent management program looks like in their organization, how it is making a difference to their bottom-line and shaping their organization’s future growth.

Learning Objectives:
• Participants will learn what strategic components should be included in their TM program.
• Participants will learn why incorporating leadership development into the culture of their organization is critical to the success of the program.
• Participants will learn best practices and processes for implementing a robust talent management program.
• HR leaders will share lessons learned when implementing a talent management program.
• By hearing examples shared by the panelists, participants will learn how to entice reluctant C-Suite leaders into the discussion of talent management.

Moderator: Cheryl Ayers, Senior Executive Recruiter, Futurestep, A Korn Ferry Company
-Larry Decuir, Talent Management & Development Leader, Ernst & Young
-Nidhi Verma, SPHR, Director, Talent Management, Crawford & Company
-Maureen Whatley, VP, Global Talent Management & Talent Acquisition, Alere, Inc.

Cheryl Ayers is an Executive Recruiter for Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company– a  premier global provider of talent management solutions. She brings over 16 years of experience in the areas of Recruitment, Leadership Development, Management, Career Transition and Outplacement, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources & Training and Business Development. Prior to this role, Cheryl was the National Business Development Executive for IMPACT Group – a Career Management firm. She was also the Vice President of Consulting Services for Mulling Corporation. She has extensive experience as a Project Director for SERCO and DBM where she managed career transition  projects for the Army, NASA, HUD and Dell Computers, to name a few. Cheryl worked at Delta Air Lines as the General Manager of Talent Acquisition, supporting all areas of the  business. She was formerly the co-host of a weekly radio talk show, AT Work for Georgia Public Broadcasting.  She currently leads a  couple of Atlanta based networking groups – Connections By Design to foster networking opportunities and First Decade, a networking group for Young Professionals. She is also a certified Career Coach. Cheryl earned a B.A. in Advertising and a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development.   

Larry Decuir
is currently the Americas Assurance Talent Management and Development Leader for North, Central and South America for Ernst & Young and is also a member of its Global Assurance Talent Executive team. Larry joined EY in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field. His areas of specialization include talent management and development, organizational development and change, career and leadership development, employee engagement, and team and individual coaching. Prior to joining EY, he held various leadership roles in the banking, outsourcing, professional services, retail and hospitality industries. In his current role at EY, Larry is responsible for the strategic direction of the talent management and development efforts for over 20,000 employees and partners within EY’s Assurance service line throughout the Americas. Larry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and also chairs its Human Resources Advisory Committee, as well as being a member of the UW Strategic Implementation Committee.  In addition, Larry is a member of the Board of Directors for AWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort) and has provided leadership to the Atlanta city group of the New Talent Management Network. 

Nidhi Verma is a Director of Talent Management at Crawford and Company. In this position, she designs and delivers customized and creative talent solutions and offers thought leadership in the area of leadership development, talent management and human resources programs and initiatives. Nidhi has extensive experience on a wide spectrum of people and organizational effectiveness areas; specifically succession planning, talent assessment and leadership development including executive coaching and mentoring, high performance workforce, employee engagement, corporate culture building and change management. Her experience includes working both in external consulting and internal HR and change-management roles. As a leadership and talent consultant, Nidhi consulted to a wide range of Fortune 500 clients in the United States, United Kingdom, and Asia and has a proven track record in strategizing and executing on programs across the entire talent supply chain, aligned with business strategy and change initiatives. Prior to joining Crawford, Nidhi worked as a Human Capital consultant with Arthur Andersen and Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) and a Talent/Organization Development practitioner with General Electric, LexisNexis and Benchmark Brands. Nidhi holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Adult Learning from Columbia University, NYC and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Maureen Whatley's career spans twenty years of hiring and developing winning people and teams and creating people strategies that work. At Alere, Maureen leads the Global Talent Management Practice which consists of Organizational Effectiveness, Learning Solutions and Talent Acquisition teams driving transformational changes in areas of Culture, Engagement and Performance across 13,000 employees spanning 100 locations in 36 countries. Maureen’s primary focus the past four years has been a journey of reinventing culture and performance management, developing behaviors-focuses competencies with a focus on identifying high potentials and emerging leaders, as well driving higher levels of engagement across the enterprise. Before joining Alere, Maureen was Vice President of Client Relations at Lee Hecht Harrison delivering talent management and career development services to Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to LHH, Maureen was a consultant partnering with hundreds of companies to improve their recruiting practices, leader development and career programs so that they are hiring, developing and retaining their best talent. For seven years Maureen has chaired and facilitated an elite HR Leadership roundtable called the “HR Leader Think Tank,” is a member of the “Atlanta HR Leadership Forum” and has held a number of leadership roles with SHRM National and SHRM-Atlanta.  

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7:00 - 7:30am - Registration, Networking & Breakfast (ACC Atrium)
7:30 - 9:00am - Announcements & Panel Discussion (ACC Auditorium)

Registration Deadline:
 May 15, 2015
Cancellation Deadline: May 12, 2015

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