The 2021 Leadership Development Programs SUMMIT

The annual conference for professionals who manage or support early talent development programs. Invest in YOUR professional development at the 10th anniversary LDP Summit, running virtually on May 11-13, 2021.
RegisterLearn more

Why attend the LDP Summit?

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

With the support of

If there’s one “competency” early talent program managers and recruiters have had to develop in themselves in 2020, it’s flexibility.  We’re all preparing for a new world that we can’t yet discern, and that will require navigating change in 2021. Here at LDP Connect, we are working to keep our tight community connected through these challenging times.  We want it to be easy for you to attend the 10th anniversary LDP Summit® – and because of that, we’ve taken the difficult decision to go virtual once again.  Join us on May 11-13, 2021 for learning, discussion and fun. Feel confident that things are flexible:  Cancel as late as April 15th for a full refund; Or defer your registration to 2022.  We’re flexible, and the community needs you!

“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 – 2020 Attendee

2021 Virtual LDP SUMMIT AGENDA

(Under Development and Subject to Change)

May 11th-13th, 2021
Day 1: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
12:30 pm Eastern time
Networking Lobby Opens
1:00 pm
Welcome & Introductions
1:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Steve Hatfield

Global Future of Work Leader at Deloitte

The Future of Early Talent in the Future of Work

As talent development professionals, we always have our eyes on the near future of our organization’s workforce. As it changes, so must our strategies. That’s why our programs are designed to flex, quickly adjusting and developing skills and competencies required by our stakeholders. In 2020, the future was thrust upon us. Are we ready? Join Steve Hatfield, Principal and Global Future of Work Leader at Deloitte, for a look at developing the new workforce of the future. Building upon Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report, Steve will demonstrate how early talent pipeline professionals can meet constant change with the confidence that comes from thinking and looking ahead.

2:30 pm
Networking Break
2:45 pm
Concurrent Session 1A

Tiffany Poeppelman

Director Business Leadership Program at LinkedIn

Panel: Competencies in a Post-COVID World

Have you noticed that some participants seem to have thrived in our newly remote world? Some have engineered a remarkable boost to their productivity.  Some are great a bringing online teams together.  And some just seem to be able to find ways to get things done at a distance.  This panel discussion will uncover competencies for succeeding in a post-covid world. It may be time to re-evaluate your program’s curriculum. 

Concurrent Session 1B

Connie Gonzalez

Manager, Early Talent Rotation Programs at American Family Insurance

Fighting for your “Life”: Addressing an Existential Threat to your Programs

We’ve all contemplated it (if not experienced it)… A seismic organizational change that leads to tough questions about the value of our programs. Whether caused by a transition in leadership, an economic downturn, or a global pandemic, you may find yourself in front of top management to explain why you and your programs are worth keeping. Your participants, managers, sponsors and alumni count on you to advocate for why their significant investments have been worthwhile, and will continue to be. Connie Gonzalez, former Senior Manager of Early Talent programs at a large healthcare company, was thrust into such a situation. Join this session for an interactive exercise in tackling an existential challenge to your programs. Explore what buttons to push and how to mobilize the right people. Let’s learn how to protect our programs.

3:45 pm
Networking Break
4:00 pm
Community Interactive Session

Topic Tables: “Idea Snack” discussion rooms

The landscape of managing early talent pipeline programs has changed dramatically over the past six 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.

Day 2: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
12:30 pm Eastern Time
Networking Lobby Opens
1:00 pm
Plenary Session

TBD

Description coming…

2:30 pm
Networking Break
2:45 pm
Concurrent Session 2A: Panel

Marta Pateiro

Director, Talent Management at Prudential

Kimberly Martin 

Director Talent Mobility & Pipeline Programs at Highmark Health

Panel: The Role of Early Talent in Enterprise Talent Management

Employers have long recognized the value that early career programs bring to an organization.  Less clear, however, is how our programs fit into the overall talent management journey in our organization. Are we off-boarding in a way that prepares graduates for further growth? Do our early career programs link to our mid-career programs? How is a program graduate positioned differently than an early career hire outside of program, and are we comfortable with that difference?  This panel of talent management leaders will explore how to optimize the impact of early talent programs on the overall strategic plan for pipeline development.

Concurrent Session 2B

TBD

Description coming…

3:45 pm
Networking Break
4:00 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.
Day 3: Thursday, May 13th, 2021
12:30 pm Eastern Time
Networking Lobby Opens
1:30 pm

Plenary Keynote

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician, Author and Speaker

The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders and A Healthy Team

In this talk for busy over-stressed individuals, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares keys to thriving in the midst of change. Discover how better self-awareness can lead to greater resilience. Through the use of engaging storytelling and real-life examples, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares the role of resilience, change management, and self-care in optimizing personal productivity, improving time/energy management, increasing your efficiency, and cultivating a positive culture in your organization. You will leave this session with actionable next steps you can begin implementing immediately.

2:00 pm
Networking Break
2:15 pm
Concurrent Session 1B

TBD

Description coming…

Concurrent Session 2B

TBD

Description coming…

3:15 pm
Networking Break
3:30 pm
Closing Plenary

TBD

Description coming…

4:30 pm
Close

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

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