The 2022 LDP SUMMIT

The annual conference for professionals who manage or support early career talent development programs. Invest in YOUR professional development at the 11th annual LDP Summit, back in-person on May 11-12, 2022.
RegisterAgenda

Why attend the LDP Summit?

Click the video above to hear what others have to say.

With the support of

“Congratulations on hosting a fantastic Summit.  While I had hopes for what I would learn and take away, this surpassed my expectations.”

Bill Langner, Becton Dickinson

2022 LDP SUMMIT AGENDA

(Subject to change)

May 11th & 12th, 2022
Main Conference Day 1: Wednesay, May 11th, 2022
7:45 am
Breakfast & Networking
8:15 am
Welcome & Introductions
8:30 am
Opening Keynote

Coming soon…

9:30 am
Networking Break
9:45 am
Concurrent Session 1A

Founder at McCool Leadership Development

Ryan McCool

“It’s Not About You!” A Journey into Military Leadership Training and its Relevance to Corporate LDPs

Sometimes the outward focus of leadership is obscured in the corporate world’s high-touch approach to building young leaders. New U.S. Marine Corps officers dedicate 10 months to “servant leadership” training before ever having the privilege to lead Marines. What are the fundamental leadership principles taught during this training, and why are they critical? How might these principles be incorporated into your own LDP curriculum? Join Ryan McCool, a former Marine and LDP participant, on the journey to becoming a Marine Officer, leading Marines, and discovering a selfless leadership philosophy that can elevate talent in your program and in any organization.

Concurrent Session 1B

Early Talent Programs Manager at Discover Financial

Jese Caple

When it’s Time to Re-direct: Pivoting a program with grace

Your program was originally well-conceived and successful for the function it was intended to serve. But over the years, your business’s needs have changed and your participants have started to lean in a direction not quite consistent with the original plan. Is it time to re-conceive the program so that it better fits the new reality? How can you transition a program so that it can continue its success in a new direction with a minimum of disruption? Join Jese Caple, Early Talent Programs Manager at Discover for a look at the challenges and tactics of transforming a program, and their recent successful switch of a marketing program into a general management program.

10:45 am
Networking Break
11:00 am
Concurrent Session 2A

Behavioral Psychologist

Dr. Leslie Braksick

Chief Medical Officer at WebMD

Dr. John Whyte

Smoothing Early Career Talent Transitions through Good Mental Health

Early talent development programs are loaded with challenging transitions: from campus to work, from assignment to assignment, and from program to full-time role. Managing these transitions successfully impacts the success of our participants and our programs, overall. Unfortunately, our trials with COVID and the remote workplace have made transitions even more complicated. Young professionals have been particularly stressed as they have had to navigate transitions outside of traditional frameworks. In this important session, Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer of WebMD, and Dr. Leslie Braksick, behavioral psychologist and expert on transforming performance by focusing on behavior and leading through change, will address how program leaders can get a pulse on the mental health of their participants, and help smooth the stresses that can lead to tough transitions, poor performance and attrition.

Concurrent Session 2B

Assistant Director, Learning & Talent Services at Liberty Mutual

Meghan Carrick

Your Leadership is Proud of your Early Talent Programs.  Should They Be?

We often speak about setting the proper expectations for our program participants.  But how accurate are our expectations of our programs themselves? And where do those expectations come from? Structured development programs require a heavy investment of time and money. Are you getting big value out of those investments, or should you be expecting more? Liberty Mutual was interested in answering this question, and felt they needed more than internal benchmarks and anecdotes to guide them.  Join Meghan Carrick, Assistant Director, Learning & Talent Services at Liberty Mutual, for a tour of Liberty’s recent external benchmarking analysis of five key programs. Learn about the approach, the findings and the impact it had on Liberty’s expectations of their programs.

12:00 am
Lunch
1:00 pm
Community Interactive Session

Topic Tables: ‘Idea Snack” discussion rooms

The landscape of managing early talent pipeline programs has changed dramatically over the past twelve months. The best help we get is from each other. What is your most pressing challenge as you navigate the new environment? Where do you need ideas, guidance or validation from your peers? Choose from several “topic tables” for open group discussion in this interactive community session. Stay with the same group, or pop in and out of these moderated intimate chats. Leave with ideas and confidence.

2:15 pm
Networking Break
2:30 pm
Concurrent Session 3A

Director at LDP Connect

Dan Beaudry

Key Findings from the 2022 LDP Survey of Early Talent Program Practices

Every two years, the LDP Connect community participates in the LDP Survey – a unique study of practices related to the positioning, management and evaluation of early career talent development programs.  The 2022 data includes information collected from 145 development programs across the country. In this session, we’ll explore what the data tell us.  What is a “good” post-program retention rate?What activities are correlated with “success?” How diverse is the typical program? And many other insights.  Join us!

Concurrent Session 3B

Sr. Talent Program Manager at Highmark Health

Malissa Seman

Bringing Diversity “Straight to Business”

Recent LDP Survey data shows early talent programs are 37% diverse on average. In addition to higher-than-normal rates of unemployment, diverse youth face significant challenges in accessing affordable education. It’s time to address the root of the problem and explore programs less traditional than a college campus recruitment event. What if you created an environment where diverse students can earn a degree AND gain valuable work experience?  That’s what Highmark Health has done with “Straight to Business” – a first-of-its-kind initiative that sets young talent on a path to debt-free education and a bright future as dynamic leaders. Malissa Seman shares how the program was built, challenges faced along the way, and takeaways that can help your organization start something similar. 

3:30 pm
Networking Break
3:45 pm
Rapid Fire Session

Program Management Topics

A popular LDP Summit tradition. Participant volunteers share a best practice, learning or challenge with the audience in 7 minutes or less.  A quick exchange of actionable ideas on program management to take home.
Rapid Fire Session

Recruiting Topics

A popular LDP Summit tradition. Participant volunteers share a best practice, learning or challenge with the audience in 7 minutes or less.  A quick exchange of actionable ideas on recruiting to take home.
5:00 pm
Evening Reception
Main Conference, Day 2: Thursday, May 12th, 2022
8:00 am
Breakfast & Networking
8:30 am
Opening Plenary

TBD

Coming soon…

9:30 am
Networking Break
9:45 am
Concurrent Session 4A

Associate Director, Early Career Programs at Abbvie

Christine Ipema

“LeaderStart” Curriculum: A Foundation of Development among Multiple Programs

Clearly, programs in different functions will require different developmental pathways. But aren’t there some core skills and competencies that all our future leaders need regardless of function? You may have considered delivering some of the common training elements of your programs as “core curriculum” for all programs – it helps you scale delivery of training as budgets tighten, and it gets your program associates connected to each other across functions.  But creating a core curriculum isn’t without challenges. Join Christine Ipema, Associate Director, Early Career Programs at Abbvie, for a look at the firm’s “LeaderStart” program. Discover why implementing a core curriculum can make sense, what it might include, and ideas on how to navigate making it a reality at your organization.

Concurrent Session 4B

TBD

Coming soon…

10:45 am
Networking Break
11:00 am
Breakout Session 5A

Facilitated Small Group Discussion

Coming soon…

Breakout Session 5B

Facilitated Small Group Discussion

Senior Practitioners’ Meeting – Moving Forward Together

If you have oversight over multiple development programs at your organization, join your peers at this facilitated forum on big-picture strategic issues in early career development and programming. Participants will spend most of their time examining select topics in small groups and then briefly share conclusions/observations with the larger group. Topics will include early career talent management in the workforce of the future, proper program calibration and alignment with strategy, and other topics determined by participants in advance. The objective is to connect senior practitioners and generate useful strategic ideas.

12:00 am
Lunch
1:00 pm
Concurrent Session 6A

TBD

Coming soon…

Concurrent Session 6B

TBD

Coming soon…

2:00 pm
Networking
2:15 pm
Closing Plenary Session

TBD

Coming soon…

3:15 pm
Close and Networking

american Swedish institute

2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Questions? Please contact Susie.Likovic@LDPConnect.com

Some Participating Organizations

LDP Connect includes professionals from many of the world's marquis employers, including 40% of the Fortune 100..

logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo
logo

Know someone who should know about us?

GET THE LDP REPORT

A monthly digest of ideas from the early career development program community.

© LDP Connect, a division of WDR Enterprises, LLC - All Rights Reserved

Privacy Notice