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The LDP Summit
After two years of running virtually, we are planning to be back in-person in Minneapolis on May 11 & 12, 2022! The LDP Summit is the annual opportunity to connect and share with other professionals working to grow early career hires into leaders.
“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
Breakfast & Networking
Welcome & Introductions
Concurrent Session 1A
Founder at McCool Leadership Development
“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
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.
Concurrent Session 2A
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
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.
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.
Concurrent Session 3A
Director at LDP Connect
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
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.
Rapid Fire Session
Program Management Topics
Rapid Fire Session
Main Conference, Day 2: Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Breakfast & Networking
Concurrent Session 4A
Associate Director, Early Career Programs at Abbvie
“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
Breakout Session 5A
Facilitated Small Group Discussion
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.
Concurrent Session 6A
Concurrent Session 6B
Closing Plenary Session
Close and Networking
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