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The 2014 Leadership Development Conference

This conference will focus on how CEOs are driving sustainable, organization-wide leadership capability. Top practitioners from eBay, J&J, McDonald’s, and HP will share how they are developing future leaders.


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Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Tel 212 201 2700
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May 12, 2014

12 May, 2014

Pre-Conference Seminar: Succession Management

Download the pre-conference seminar agenda

The Succession Management Seminar has been an important element of the Leadership Development Conferences since 2005 and attracts senior practitioners who are looking for both thought leadership and best practices/tools/implementation ideas from leading companies. The audience is always deeply engaged in the topic and enjoys the chance to interact closely with peers and with speakers.
Succession Management, especially for the C-Suite and senior leadership, has been a topic of intense interest among the members of our senior Talent Management, Learning & Development and Leadership Development councils. In particular, these executives are looking for new thinking on:

  • The Changing Profile of Leadership. How is an environment of increased regulation and public scrutiny affecting how leaders are assessed and developed?
  • Building Longterm Collective Capability. How are companies embedding a strong leadership culture into succession management?
  • Metrics that Matter. How are companies using the increased data available to integrate Succession with other talent management programs? What metrics are important to measure the success of Succession Management?
  • Managing mobility is an important factor in building the leadership pipeline. What are the strategic and tactical considerations when making this considerable investment?


Leadership by the Numbers: Big Data Meets Succession Management
Session A: 9:00- 9:45 am

What if you could identify the “data signature” of natural leaders in your organization, using a rapidly growing sea of data newly available to companies? Sophisticated tools are being developed that measure complex capabilities crucial to senior leadership, such as ability to innovate, empathy and extroversion. Learn how Knack, the company that invented “Wasabi Waiter”, one of the new games that is getting a lot of attention, is helping shift our ideas about how we assess talent and predict management performance. How will this rapidly evolving capability change succession management in your organization?

Guy Halfteck
Founder and CEO

Senior Executive Succession: Not Ready for Prime Time?
Session B: 9:45- 10:45 am

All organizations recognize the critical importance of C-suite succession and yet all want their organizations to do a better job with their top management succession. Based on recent research from IED and Stanford University, this panel will explore as a group the barriers to more effective succession and which practices actually do not have positive impact.

Michelle Blieberg Senior Vice President of Global Organizational and Leadership Development
Time Warner

Courtney Intersimone Managing Director, Leadership Strategies, Human Resources Strategy and Talent Solutions
BNY Mellon

Matthew Kleinman Corporate Vice President, Learning and Organization Development
New York Life Insurance Company

Advancing Succession Management: Practices for Sustained Success – Part 1 Session C: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

How an organization handles succession says a lot about how it runs its business. There is nothing more critical than to benchmark your talent against what’s needed in order to identify, prepare, and deploy the next generation of leaders. Korn Ferry will provide a practical and research-based perspective on succession management, highlighting best practices from work with global clients.

Carolyn Wilson
Senior Consultant and Practice Manager for Board and C-Suite Services
Korn Ferry

Networking Luncheon: 12:00-1:00 pm

Advancing Succession Management: Practices for Sustained Success – Part 2 General Session D: 1:00- 2:00 pm

Carolyn Wilson
Senior Consultant and Practice Manager for Board and C-Suite Services
Korn Ferry

Assessing, Developing and Retaining Effective Global Leaders
Session E: 2:00- 3:15 pm

Are you having trouble identifying and retaining global leadership talent? In this interactive session, you will receive a one of a kind assessment to test your own global acumen and those you are placing in global roles. You’ll learn where your organization is on the global maturity curve and how to put in place a global succession plan that aligns with your organization’s global growth strategy.

Linda D. Sharkey, PhD Global Managing Partner and Director
AchieveBlue Corp

Talent in Motion: The Complex Puzzle of Managing Mobility
Session F: 3:30-4:30 pm

Managing mobility is an important factor in building your leadership pipeline. What are the strategic and tactical considerations when making this considerable investment? How are companies making it work and how do they measure results?

Laura Rodriguez Global Director Talent Mobility Specialist Group
Johnson & Johnson

Closing Remarks: 4:30 pm

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meg Gottemoeller at

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Felden at


Scheduled Speakers May 12, 2014

Linda D. Sharkey, PhD, Global Managing Partner and Director, AchieveBlue Corp. former VP, People Development, Hewlett Packard

May 13 - 14, 2014

The Twentieth Annual Leadership Development Conference will showcase how CEOs are driving sustainable, organization-wide leadership capability through intensive focus on internal development. Learn from top leadership development executives at eBay, J&J, McDonald’s, HP, Boston Scientific, SunTrust, and other top companies about how to:

  • Prepare the resilient, agile and culturally adept leaders who can guide your organization
  • Build discipline and rigor into the strategic alignment of all segments of your LD programs
  • Increase the reach, speed and quality of your existing programs
  • Find the right balance of global values and local implementation as you expand into new markets

This program has been approved for 10.25 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

For speaking opportunities, please contact Meg Gottemoeller at

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Felden at

Mary Abraham, Director, Digital Learning Products , Center for Creative Leadership

Suzanne Bates, Chief Executive Officer, Bates

Mark Bocianski, VP, Global Head of Talent Management and Learning, Western Union Company

Nick Craig, President , Authentic Leadership Institute

Melissa Del Broccolo, Director, HR Capability Building, HR Talent Management, Johnson & Johnson

Meg Dzik, Influential Leader Program Manager , Chevron Corporation

Christianne Garofalo, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry

Roderick Gilkey, Professor, Practice of Organization and Management, Emory University

Sarah Hagerman, Vice President, OD Consulting, Kaiser Associates, Inc.

Rose Hollister, Senior Director, Global People, Leadership Institute, McDonald's Corporation

Jeffrey Jackson, Executive Director, Global Program Manager, Leadership Programs, The Conference Board, Inc.

Maria Jimenez, VP Executive Leadership Development, American Express Company

Matthew Jones, Vice President, Organization Capability , Essilor of America Inc.

David Kalman, Managing Director , Root Inc.

William Macaux, Senior VP, Executive Development , Bates

Wendy O'Connell, Principal Consultant , Korn Ferry

Christine Oster, Global Director, Organization and Leader Development, General Motors Company

Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization, Human Capital Lead, The Conference Board

Lou Sanchez, Chief Human Resources Officer, Nokia Technologies

Mary Slaughter, Chief People Officer, North Highland Company

Louise Welch, Senior Director, Learning and Development, Capital One Financial Corporation

Richard Wellins, Senior Vice President , Development Dimensions International

Deborah Wijnberg, Vice President, Talent Management & Leadership Development, BD

Boudewijn Bertsch, Associate, Institute of Development , Erasmus University Rotterdam

Michelle Blieberg, SVP, Talent Management and Corporate Human Resources, Time Warner Inc.

Guy Halfteck, Founder and CEO , Knack

Courtney Intersimone, Chief Administrative Officer Human Resources, Bank of New York Mellon

Matthew Kleinman, Corporate Vice President Organization Development, New York Life Insurance Company

Laura Rodriguez, Global Director, Talent Mobility, Johnson & Johnson

Linda Sharkey, Global Managing Partner and Director , Achieveblue

Liza Sichon, Executive Coach, Speaker and Human Resource Consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company

Carolyn Wilson, Senior Consultant and Practice Manager for Board and C-Suite Services, Korn Ferry

Other scheduled dates and locations for The 2014 Leadership Development Conference:

June 04 - 05, 2014 – Coronado Island Marriott Resort, Coronado, CA

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