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Thought Leader Forum-The Talent Pipeline through the Eyes of Midsize Companies
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When: December 5, 2017
8:00 - 10:00 am
Where: TBD
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: Ross Tartell, Ph.D.
Contact: Laura Peterson

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In November, Allan Churs walked us through PepsiCo's end-to-end leadership development pipeline. As a follow-on to Allan's presentation, participants in our Thought Leader's Forum will share successes and challenges focusing on building the leadership pipeline through the lens of midsize companies (roughly 1K to 10K employees). We will discuss challenges of midsize companies in building the pipeline and discuss how some large companies' innovative ideas could apply in midsize companies with limited resources. What works? What doesn't, and does it matter?

The key issues we will talk about are:

  • What is the value of building a pipeline?
  • How is it connected to business strategy?
  • How is it connected to succession planning?
  • What tips and tools do big companies use that a midsize company can too?
  • Can midsize companies inspire big companies' need for speed?

The take-aways will be:

  • New lens to view your pipeline and succession issues
  • Collaborative solutions we reach in the discussion
  • Keys to translating big company learnings to midsize company environments
  • Colleagues to call on when the next talent pipeline issue comes up

   Ross Tartell, Ph.D.
   Senior Associate, Organization Performance Group

Before joining OPG, Ross was Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D., Consuling LLC. Prior to opening his consulting practice, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate where he had responsiblity for Learning, Development, and Communication. Ross also spent 18 years at Pfizer, Inc. where he held positions of increasing responsibility as a member of Corporate Human Resources and the Global Pharmaceutical Group. Positions included Regional Learning Leader for North America, Director Team Leader for Instructional Design for the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Sales Force, and Director Team Leader for Leadership Development.

  Earlier in his career, Ross held positions at Ciba-Geigy, International Playtex and Learning International.

  Ross has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University since 1996. He has published articles in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Dynamics, The OD Practitioner, Psychological Reports, Training and Development Journal, and Training Magazine. Ross continues to serve as a member of the editorial boards for Training Magazine and The OD Practitioner. He is a past President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Talent Development (ATD - formerly ASTD).

He received his B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University and his M.B.A. in Management and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University.


REGISTER BY EMAIL. Please email our Administrator, Alison Normand, at with your name/title/organization. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and dependent upon meeting participant criteria. By registering, participants agree to attend and complete a short pre-reading that provides a common framework for the discussion.

Please contact Laura Petersen,, for questions. Laura will be confirming your registration and providing additional details closer to Dec. 5th.


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