As talent development professionals, we believe we play a critical role in our organization. But what do our CEOs think? What role(s) do they want talent development to play? How do they see us as helping create a competitive advantage for the organization? What do they expect of their talent development leaders? And what do they want talent development professionals to know so they can have the positive impact desired?
This year we will not only focus on our role in talent development but also with regard the coronavirus pandemic.
We are fortunate to have a distinguished panel who "get" talent development: Chris Marr (CEO of CubeSmart)
Kathleen Simone (SVP & Controller of Tivity Health’s Nutrition Business Unit – Nutrisystem)
Toni Pergolin (CEO of Bancroft)
Speakers Bios & Photos:
Chris Marr has been Chief Executive Officer of CubeSmart since January 1, 2014. Previously, Mr. Marr served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of the Company, having assumed the President and Chief Investment Officer roles in 2008 and, additionally, the Chief Operating Officer role in May 2012. Mr. Marr joined the CubeSmart in 2006, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer until November 2008. Prior to CubeSmart, Mr. Marr was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brandywine Realty Trust, a publicly-traded office REIT, from August 2002 to June 2006. Prior to joining Brandywine Realty Trust, Mr. Marr served as Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, Inc., a publicly traded self-storage REIT, from 1998 to 2002.
Mr. Marr currently serves on the CubeSmart Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of STAG Industrial, Inc., a publicly traded industrial REIT, and also as a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ Board of Governors. He is married and has four children.
Kathleen Simone is the Senior Vice President and Controller of Tivity Health’s Nutrition Business Unit, joining the company in August 1988. Ms. Simone joined Nutrisystem almost 32 years ago as a staff accountant and has held additional management positions in the finance department. Ms. Simone has helped lead the company through several transitions from a brick and mortar business model to an internet-based company including directing Nutrisystem through bankruptcy proceedings, various restructurings and acquisitions. As the controller she helped manage Nutrisystem in a public offering. Her current responsibilities include accounting operations, SOX compliance, cash management and SEC reporting. Prior to joining NutriSystem, Ms. Simone spent the previous 2 years in public accounting.
Ms. Simone received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University.
Toni Pergolin is a highly regarded strategic leader with acute financial acumen who has successfully grown companies organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Currently serving as President and CEO of Bancroft, one of the largest human services providers in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia region, she has more than doubled the size of the company in ten years. Her ability to lead nonprofit organizations with a focus on delivering excellence with a healthy margin has resulted in a decade of profitable returns enabling reinvestment in the organization’s mission. In addition, Toni has been recognized and received numerous awards. Most recently she received the Women of Excellence Award for Business Excellence by SJ Magazine.
Toni currently serves as the Chairwoman for Peirce College and as a director on the boards of Fulton Bank and South Jersey Chamber of Commerce. She also is a member of the FPA Wealth Management Advisory Board. Prior to joining Bancroft, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania Health System for 14 years in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer for Pennsylvania Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and her master's in health administration from Saint Joseph's University. Pergolin’s first book, Too Important to Fail: Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits came out on Amazon in January 2020 (click here).
ATD Philadelphia is proud to participate in the ATD Regional Webinar Series. This collaboration of 6 ATD chapters (including EPA, Philadelphia, New York City, Mid NJ, Northern NJ, & Long Island) is bringing together the best of our networks to provide world class presenters and content. We look forward to sharing these webinars with you throughout 2020!
A key differentiator of a high performing organization is a culture of accountability. To instill that culture, we look to the leaders to hold their people accountable – through clearly communicated expectations, follow-up and feedback (hopefully combined with coaching). But what if employees were to take the primary responsibility in holding themselves accountable. How much more powerful would that be? Yet we don’t see a lot of this in organizations.
In this program we will explore how employees can take ownership/personal responsibility (we’ll call it self-accountability) and how to create an environment where employees see the value of holding themselves accountable.
Speaker Bio & Photo:
Mark Spool is president of Management Development Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development including executive coaching and 360-degree feedback. Mark has over 40 years’ experience, working both internally and externally.
Mark’s breadth of consulting experience includes companies in finance, manufacturing, food & beverage, retail, and oil & chemical, as well as family-owned businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Mark has also held management positions in ARCO Chemical Company, Payless ShoeSource and Marathon Oil Company.
Mark holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. He is the lead judge for the HR Department of the Year and the CEO of the Year Awards, is a Baldrige certified examiner for the Delaware Quality Award, and has been an instructor at Penn State and Villanova Universities. He was recently nominated for HR Consultant of the Year.
Tim FitzPatrick is a Senior Advisor at Velocity Advisory Group that coaches leaders on how to build cultures where employees can do their best work. Tim is passionate about making academic research accessible to senior leaders who want to improve themselves and their teams. He is a critical thinker in change management, growth mindset, and workplace assessments. Tim earned his master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Immaculata University.
Tim is a sought-after speaker who inspires. He is active in the Philadelphia talent and development community and lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Most of his free time is spent getting outside with his family and corralling his young daughter.
“Change alone is unchanging.” -- Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 475 B.C.)
As development professionals and leaders, the challenge we face is the need to support others as they overcome the effects of change even while we are in the midst of them ourselves. Resilience has been cemented as a critical skill we have to develop in ourselves and in our organizations in order to thrive in the current environment.
During this highly interactive session, we will:
Join us as we explore this timely topic together.
Speaker Bio & Photo
Pauline Higgins, President and Founder of Strategic Initiatives Consulting Group, LLC (SICG), has over 25 years of experience and a graduate degree in the field of Organizational Development (OD). Prior to the start of SICG, Pauline held senior Vice President level positions at First USA, CIGNA Corporation and Automatic Data Processing. Pauline is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and was recently honored for her efforts by being chosen as one of Delaware Today’s Women in Business for 2019.
SICG has been providing consulting services and training to a variety of for-profit, not-for-profit and federal and state government agencies across the nation and internationally since 1998. In her many roles as an organizational change expert, Pauline has orchestrated and supported many change efforts to ensure not only successfully meeting business objectives, but positive outcomes for those affected.
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