Executive Advisory Council’s Annual Cracker Barrel Event – Hosted by BASF

  • 20 Nov 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • BASF Corporation – The Chemical Company 100 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ

Registration

  • $55 at the Door
  • $70.00 at the door
  • Active Member of NNJ EAC with current membership
  • $55 at the door
  • $45 at the Door

Registration is closed

Executive Advisory Council 
Cracker Barrel


In a “cracker barrel” format, our Executive Advisory Council members will present and facilitate table discussions on five areas challenging the learning community today

Attendees will be part of lively table discussions led by senior leaders. Table discussions are 30 minutes each. At the end of each 30 minute session, attendees will be able to rotate to a different table. Attendees will be able to participate in 4 table discussions!

Multi-Dimensional Leadership 

Now more than ever, leadership requires the ability to manage diverse individuals and teams to achieve challenging business goals.  In matrix organizations, leaders need to collaborate across multiple functions and manage teams with up to four generations.  In addition, leaders may come from and lead others from varied cultural backgrounds, including virtual teams across the globe.  The demands are complex. This panel discussion explores best practices and development strategies that address these multi-dimensional leadership demands. Read more

The Internal and External Consultant: Skills, Opportunities and Challenges 

Professionals from CIT Group, Accenture, Tata and Scotwork (NA) Inc. will share stories and ask questions from the participants around consulting.  Questions will be around the skills and tools to be effective.  In this short dialogue, we will explore if the skills and tools needed are the same or different whether you are internal or external.  We will also explore what we can learn from each other.  What are the successes as consultants and what are the challenges?  To that end we are exploring as internal or external consultants, how can we become better business advisors? Read more

Coaching Essentials: Real Tips for Real Situations 

The best coaching moments are often unexpected and occur during the course of our day, using your own insights to engage others into action. We will review the types of situations that arise and discuss some “go-to” questions and phrases to help with the coaching process.  Read more

• Are You Training the Right Stuff?  

 

Together we’ll explore what’s happening with learning evaluation today: from looking at the Kirkpatrick model in a novel way, through exploring new models for measuring success, through discussing how Big Data is changing the measurement landscape. Read more


• Career Development 

This session will discuss Career Development as a retention tool and as a learning strategy to continually upgrade employees’ skills in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Read more

 

Agenda

5:30 - 6:30 Check-in / Light Dinner

  • Christine Troianello, NNJ-ASTD Chapter presiden
  • Tony Irace and Meg Paradise, Co-chairs, Executive Advisory Council
  • Welcome to BASF L & D Center –Mark Arell, Director, BASF Learning and Development 
  • Charles Walter, Senior Learning and Development Specialist, BASF Learning and Development- Safety

6:30 - Table Discussions

8:45 - Adjournment


Pre-Registration Pricing

  • $45.00 Members
  • $60.00 Non-Members

Who Should Attend

We welcome all workplace learning and organizational development professionals.


About the Table Discussions

Topic 1: Multi-Dimensional Leadership 

Panel Moderator- Christine Troianello; Director Talent Development and Learning, Prudential Financial Inc.

Multi-functional  Leadership - Debbie Greagor, Global Head – Education Office, Novartis Oncology Development

  • Often teams are purposely comprised of cross-functional members.  Leading such teams of diverse functions bring its own set of challenges and complexities.  In this section, we will discuss strategies for effectively dealing with multi-functional leadership and the matrix organization.  
Multi-generational leadership - Kathy Sherwood, Senior Partner, Sherwood Learning Solutions
  • Much has been said about the four generations in the workplace and how conflicts can arise among them.  Explore the positive aspects of generational diversity with best practices from great leaders who leverage those differences to strengthen innovation, productivity and motivation. 

Topic 2: The Internal and External Consultant: Skills, Opportunities and Challenges
  • Mike Rosenberg – Director Global Learning and Development, CIT Group
  • Mark Allen – Managing Director, Sales and Account Management.  Accenture Operations
  • Tij Nerukar – Chief Operating Officer, Tata
  • Marty Finkle – CEO, Scotwork (NA) Inc
  • Rick Sawyer -  Mercedes Benz (Not attending but on the committee)

At this table, the internal and external consultants will share a short example and then ask questions around:

  • What knowledge, skills or experiences do you need to be a better business consultant whether you are an internal practitioner or an external resource?
  • What do you need on your road to be a better business advisor to your internal or external customer?

Professionals from CIT Group, Accenture, Tata and Scotwork (NA) Inc. will share stories and ask questions from the participants around consulting.  Questions will be around the skills and tools to be effective.  In this short dialogue, we will explore if the skills and tools needed are the same or different whether you are internal or external.  We will also explore what we can learn from each other.  What are the successes as consultants and what are the challenges?  To that end we are exploring as internal or external consultants, how can we become better business advisors?

  • 4 compelling questions will be explored and scribed around:
  • What skills and tools are most valuable in your toolkit?
  • What similar skills and tools do you need as an external or internal consultant?
  • What different skills and tools?
  • What can we learn from each other by our successes and failures as internal or external consultants?
  • How can we judge our success as consultants?
Topic 3: Coaching Essentials: Real Tips for Real Situations

  • Guy GosselinMaster of Arts Degree in Professional Development and Executive Coaching through the New York City campus of Middlesex University, London, England.
    Senior Manager, Organizational Development and Learning Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Meg Paradise, Certified Executive Coach - The Hudson Institute of Coaching, Director of Development, WomenRising, Inc.
  • Bill Ahern, Senior Director, People & Organizational Development, Sanofi US

We will discuss tips for learning professionals when faced with in-the-moment coaching situation with peers, clients and senior executives. The best coaching moments are often unexpected and occur during the course of our day, using your own insights to engage others into action. We will review the types of situations that arise and discuss some “go-to” questions and phrases to help with the coaching process. Everyone can use coaching approaches in day-to-day interactions to help others learn and grow from their everyday challenges, as well as coach themselves.  In-the-moment coaching opportunities can lead to important breakthroughs and help build strong and deep relationships with others. It can also help a learning professional build a reputation as someone helpful and insightful. 

Topic 4: Are You Training the Right Stuff?  

  • Victoria Macdonald, Director Learning & Development, Audible - an Amazon company
  • Vince Giambalvo, Ph.D. - Director, Learning & Development at Affinity Health Plan (Retired)
  • Melissa Feigelson, Ph.D., Workforce Analytics, BASF - the Chemical Company
This is the topic everyone worries about, but no one wants to talk about. Yet it’s the most important thing you do. How do you work with management to ensure your training programs achieve the desired results and contribute to the success of the organization? With the recent passing of Donald Kirkpatrick, whom some may consider the father of learning evaluation, it’s time to take a fresh look at how we’re measuring learning effectiveness. Together we’ll explore what’s happening with learning evaluation today: from looking at the Kirkpatrick model in a novel way, through exploring new models for measuring success, through discussing how Big Data is changing the measurement landscape.

Topic 5: Career Development

“Managing your career is about continual growth and development to enhance your capability and marketability in your current role and prepare you for succeeding roles.”  - BASF Career Development Web Site.

We’ll discuss Career Development as a retention tool and as a learning strategy to continually upgrade employees’ skills in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

This workshop will be led by Charlie Walter, Senior Learning and Development Specialist and Jennifer Hackett, Talent Management Consultant at BASF Corporation. You’ll hear how BASF “Creates Careers” as well as “Chemistry” and you’ll be asked to share your experience and your Career Development  practices in this free wheeling exchange of ideas and information.

  • Who is in charge of your career?
  • Does your career matter more to you or to your employer?
  • What’s the best way to manage careers?

Charlie Walter has worked in the Learning and Development field for 40 years, the last 27 of those with BASF Corporation.  Charlie has seen approaches to Career Development change during this timeframe and he’ll share his experience and the practice currently being applied at BASF.  Jennifer Hackett has performed a variety of roles both inside and outside of Human Resorces during her 6 year career at BASF.  Come, learn and share! 


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