Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Learning & Development SIG

  • October 20, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Drexel University - LeBow College of Business, Malvern Campus, 2nd Floor, 2 West Liberty Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355


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How Exceptional Managers Develop Talent Every Day

Program Description:  

Growing talent is a top priority for most companies. However, despite considerable investments, many leaders globally report that their company’s talent growth has not kept pace with the needs of their business. Yet, there is a practical way to accelerate talent development that is well within companies’ reach without new processes, tools or heavy financial investments. Imagine employees being developed every day, not off the job, but in the job … through the expert guidance of their managers, a benefit few employees experience.

Learn and discuss how outstanding managers (researched from companies including Kraft, Siemens, Corning, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Merck) confidently embrace hands-on employee development. They use practices of exceptional development managers (EDMs) to generate impressive gains in workforce capabilities. These EDMs apply their developmental skills to: astutely provide tailored stretch assignments, elegantly increase employees’ self-awareness, use development partners wisely, and shape the environment to drive development.  They know how to tuck these practices into their daily management routines without adding more work to their load. And, their developmental actions are tied to department goals, leading to even greater performance results and improved bottom line.

L&D can play a crucial role in growing the capacity of managers to develop their employees in significant ways, while also increasing employee engagement and performance.  So come and join us for this exciting seminar and take away some new knowledge!


Wendy Axelrod PhD
President, Talent Savvy Manager, LLC

Wendy is a recognized expert in manager-driven talent development. During 30 years, as a corporate executive, external consultant, and executive coach, she has helped organizations drive substantial development of people, resulting in greater performance and satisfaction of workforce, managers and companies. She has worked directly with thousands of managers and leaders both through workshops and leadership coaching.

Wendy helps leaders learn what it really takes to be an exceptional development manager, weaving development and performance seamlessly. As author of Make Talent Your Business: How exceptional managers develop people while getting results, her research has identified 5 practices which distinguish these developmental managers. Her works have appeared in SmartBriefs on Leadership, AMA’s Moving Ahead, Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Conference Board, two ASTD Handbooks (2012 and 2014), and the Journal of HR People and Strategy. Wendy is a part the esteemed faculty of The Institute for Management Studies (IMS), as well as AthenaOnline, the world's leading provider of short, video based employee and leader development.

Passionate about development and professional growth, Wendy is the volunteer creator and driving force behind the renowned Philadelphia area Mentoring Program for HR Professionals, now in its 15th year. 


Drexel University - LeBow College of Business Malvern Campus

2nd Floor, 2 West Liberty Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355


5:30-6:15 Refreshments & Networking

6:15-7:45 Facilitated Group Discussion


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