The 2020 Leadership Development Programs SUMMIT

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August 4th & 5th, 2020

Main Conference Day 1: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
12:45 pm Eastern time
Technical Setup
1:00 pm
Welcome & Introductions
1:30 pm
Opening Keynote

David Avrin

Branding & Customer Experience Expert

Don’t be the Best Kept Secret: Shining a light on your program’s impact

As talent management professionals, we don’t often think marketing and branding applies to us. We recruit and prepare the best new talent, and too often rely on our program’s high-quality graduates to convey the value of our program through the good work that they do. But there is danger in letting your program “speak for itself.” In this opening keynote, international marketing and customer experience expert David Avrin addresses why messaging is critical to building talent programs that gain and retain the support needed to thrive: from uniting executive sponsors, assignment managers and alumni around a shared vision, to driving the next generation of recruits. Whether you’re expanding, justifying or fighting to control the growth of a program, learn how a strong brand can be used to generate focus, cement support and create an army of ambassadors.

2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Breakout: Facilitated Deep-Dive 1A

Facilitated “Workshop-Style” Session on Key Topic TBD

Speaker and topic coming soon

Breakout: Facilitated Deep-Dive 1B

Building & Marketing your Program’s Brand

Ready to put the ideas in the keynote address into action?  Roll up your sleeves in this workshop-style session with David Avrin and take control of your particular program’s brand.  Uncover specific ways to improve the “customer experience” of your community members as they interact with your program. Determine your program’s competitive advantages and devise a tactical blueprint on how to leverage them into better recruits, stronger assignment managers and more loyal alumni.   Leave with a list of actionable ideas!

3:45 pm
4:00 pm
Plenary Session

Dan Jensen

Sr. Consultant at Wronski Associates

Improving Results through Better Orientation: A Model you can Reproduce

How well are you preparing your new hires for success in your program? The most recent LDP Survey results show a strong correlation between length of orientation and the confidence of managers in their ability to demonstrate program value. Immersive and multi-faceted orientation events pay dividends to participants, assignment managers and the company. In this session, we will explore the critical elements of orientation, and how to optimize the experience for participants. Drawing on many years of experience supporting early career development, we will share an onboarding model that provides new-hires not only the functional, business and leadership foundation they need but more importantly the confidence needed to make an immediate positive impact in their rotations and on their teams. This early success translates into better retention and higher performing graduates

Main Conference Day 2: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
12:45 pm
Technical Setup
1:00 pm
Opening Workshop

Rebecca Cuff

Investment Management Development Program Mgr. at Vanguard

Paint by Numbers: The Power of Data as a Program Design Tool

How do you guide the evolution of your program(s)? Is it more of an art or a science? A program’s longevity often depends on how well you course correct as the company’s needs evolve. And however good of a “feel” you may have for your program’s direction and effectiveness, there’s no substitute for well-conceived data to shine a light on areas of improvement and guide the action you take. But given the variety of program types and objectives, and the assortment of possible metrics, what should you measure for your specific program and how? This “workshop-style” session explores the what, why and how we measure in the leadership development space. Through facilitated small and large group discussions, brainstorming and sharing, you’ll leave the session with a clearer idea of how to use data to keep your program(s) on track, and how to recognize if it isn’t.

2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Breakout: Case Study 2A

Vince Bond

AVP Leadership Programs at Synchrony

Servant Leadership: Building Meaningful Service into your Curriculum

The best leaders are those who serve – making service an important value to growing companies and our next generation of manages.  Fortunately, most of today’s top campus hires have grown up in an environment of community service. But inside of a fast-track development program, is there room for it? How do can you provide a service experience that both reinforces the values of your company and keeps your associates moving forward with their development plan? Vince Bond, Associate Vice President of Leadership Programs at Synchrony, co-founded a service initiative with Synchrony’s Business Leadership Program that sends associates on fully-funded, month-long assignments serving the community with skills developed in-program. This session will cover the challenges and rewards of that journey, including aligning service with learning, winning executive support, building a partner network and the positive impact of this program on Synchrony’s success.

Breakout: Case Study 2B

Stephanie Messmer & Tina Gonzalez

EMERGE Program Managers at Cardinal Health

Scaling without Dilution

When done for the right reasons, program growth can be a nice validation of the work we do, the brand we’ve established and the impact our graduates have made. However, many program managers find that instead of bringing additional resources, rapid (and sometimes explosive) growth brings a great deal of headache and risk. This session will be a strategic exploration of how to scale program administration to deliver on aggressive growth objectives. How much can we handle without diluting our program’s impact? How do staff members’ roles evolve? How can we creatively package and scale elements of the program? How do we properly manage the expectations of our community members? Join Stephanie Messmer and Tina Gonzalez for a case study on how Cardinal Health managed rapid growth, and discuss strategies for managing it in your organization.

3:45 pm
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 2: Thursday, August 6th, 2020
12:45 pm Eastern Time
Technology Setup
1:00 pm
Opening Plenary

Dan Beaudry

Director at LDP Connect

Analysis of Key Findings from the 2020 LDP Survey

The 3rd edition of the LDP Survey captured data on how 140 early career pipeline programs across the United States are positioned, managed and evaluated.  Our research analyst took a look at what practices correlate to higher levels of program performance and success.  We’ll explore those findings here.  What do the data tell us?

2:00 pm
1:30 pm
Breakout: Case Study 3A

Tiffany Poeppelman

Global Head of Business Leadership Program at LinkedIn

Going Global: How to accommodate regional differences without losing your grip

On paper you may have one program. But once your program has expanded into different countries, and been influenced by local needs and expectations, it can start to feel like several. This natural tendency to take on different forms across new regions does not need to lead to chaos or frustration. You can ensure your program’s key success factors drive consistency globally, while remaining flexible to unique regional needs. Tiffany Poeppelman of LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Program (BLP) will share the lessons that have helped keep a dispersed team aligned and operating as one program globally, while accommodating cultural differences. She will discuss how we can match region-specific needs with globally focused campaigns, drive performance management practices globally (while maintaining local flexibility), invest in program-wide operational hygiene, and maintain accountability through consistency, and consistency through accountability. Bring your own ideas and challenges around expanding a program with integrity, and navigating the cultural differences that simultaneously delight and frustrate us!


Breakout: Case Study 3B


2:30 pm

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