PA ATD Executive Education Series 2022: Building Leadership Competence

  • February 09, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Your Home Office

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Today, competency-based education is said to be the learning of the future. Why? Because organizations use competencies to figure out what employees are capable of and where they need to grow.

After years of research – and real-life experience – Dr. Wesley Donahue, Professor of Organization Development and Education at Penn State University, has assembled a comprehensive framework of 35 Competencies that are essential for success in virtually every industry, organization, and position.

His book, Building Leadership Competence, offers a unique and straightforward approach. The Leadership Competency Inventory allows individuals to:

  • Assess their leadership skills

  • Create personalized roadmaps for success

  • Identify on-demand micro-learning courses and other resources that get results

It also serves as a valuable guide for organizational leaders who conduct seminars, workshops, and to use with learn-at-lunch programs

The approach guides you through the 35 competencies and gives you the tools you need to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Dr. Donahue’s presentation will focus on starting you to think about competency models as a framework for building your career path forward.

Speaker Bio

Wesley E. Donahue is Professor and Coordinator of the Online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change at Penn State University.


He earned a B.S. in Engineering from Penn State, an M.B.A. from Clarion University, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education from Penn State. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP)®, and Six-Sigma Black Belt (Allied Signal/ now Honeywell). 

As an administrator and faculty member, Dr. Donahue, in previous assignments with Penn State Outreach, was Director of Management Development and Director of Technology and Workforce Development. He holds academic appointments as Professor of Education, where he is a member of the Graduate Faculty and affiliate appointment with the College of Engineering. 

Dr. Donahue brings over 30 years of manufacturing, sales, and organization development experience to his position at Penn State. Formerly, he worked with Fortune 200 company Brockway Inc., now Owens-Brockway, where he was international manager of technology. Subsequently, he co-founded and served as executive vice president of Leffler Systems of New Jersey, a manufacturer of plastic containers and specialized machinery, and later as regional vice president of sales for Markay Plastics, Kansas City, MO. In addition, he served as a professional associate of MGA Inc., Gloucester, MA, a worldwide provider of technical management professional services. He also owned a successful retail business for 10 years. 

Dr. Donahue is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Organization Development Network. He recently authored the books Building Leadership Competence and Unlocking Lean Six Sigma. He co-authored the book Creating In-house Sales Training and Development Programs and over one hundred short courses related to leadership development. Dr. Donahue has served on the board of directors of several organizations and is currently chair of a local industrial and commercial development authority.

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