Locking in the Future of Your Company – Aligning Succession Planning with the Business Strategy

  • 11 Jun 2018
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


  • (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)

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Monday, June 11, 2018 

5:45 PM at the Norwalk Inn

Locking in the Future of Your Company –

Aligning Succession Planning with the Business Strategy

Presented by:


                   John Weidner                   Ross Tartell, Ph.D.

        Founder & Managing Partner,     Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D.

                   Cornell Global LLC                          Consulting LLC

A company’s future depends on the strength and competence of its employees - regardless of the company’s size.  How that talent is developed reflects directly on an organization’s capabilities, profitability, and ultimately, its economic valuation. Excellent talent development practice leads to significantly better economic performance. Companies that, year after year, make the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® generally outperform their peers. On average their:

  •  Share price outperformed 99% of the Fortune 500 companies
  •  Profit margins were 200% higher
  •  ROI was 350% higher

Talent development efforts that do not focus on the future growth of the organization fail both the individual and the company. The result is employee disengagement, high turnover, low productivity and poorly selected senior leaders. As part of a mature talent management strategy, succession planning becomes focused on both personalized individual development targeted for maximum impact and relevance, and the critical core capabilities necessary for organizational success. The result is higher individual levels of employee engagement and performance, and an organization that succeeds in the marketplace.

This session will:

  • Enable the line manager, talent professional, or human resource leader to understand how to align the organization’s business strategy with its talent strategy, succession plan and talent development efforts.
  • Identify the key components of a strong succession process regardless of company size.

The result will be to create a coherent and focused approach that will increase individual capabilities, engagement and performance, and address the talent development needs of the company.

Speaker Biographies:

John Weidner is Founder and Managing Partner of Cornell Global LLC; a Human Capital Strategy Consulting firm having been a human resources corporate and consulting practitioner for over 30 years. John’s expertise is Talent Management Strategy. Working with various sized companies across various industry sectors, John strives to drive increased company valuation through leadership development, talent acquisition and innovative people focused programs and processes. John’s corporate career included progressively responsible positions with Price Waterhouse, Bankers Trust, E. F. Hutton, Chemical Bank and later G.E. Capital. Since leaving corporate, John has founded three management and career coaching consulting firms; Cornell Global LLC, Pierway Associates LLC and Heroes in Transition.

In addition to the above, John is the current President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of ATD.

John attained his Master’s Degree from Boston University and a BA from Westminster College.

Ross Tartell, Ph.D., is Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D. Consulting LLC.  Prior to opening his consulting practice, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate where he had responsibility for Learning, Development, and Communication. Ross also spent 18 years at Pfizer Inc. where his 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 Corporate Leadership Development. Earlier in his career, Ross held positions at Ciba-Geigy, International Playtex and Learning International.

Ross has served as an Adjunct Associate 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 currently serves as Past President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of ATD.

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.


Location: The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

Date:  Monday, June 11th, 2018

Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration; 6:15 PM Dinner and Program

$35 Chapter Members; $50 Non-members; 

$25 In-Transition; $20 Students

Preferred Registration Deadline no later than Friday, June 8th.

There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins 

with no prior online registration.

No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.

(The Norwalk Inn will provide special diet accommodations upon request or advise the chapter administrator.)

Bring a Corporate Practitioner Guest!!!

Members are welcome to bring one free guest per event, an internal Corporate HR practitioner only, if the guest has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past year. The chapter member can register his/her guest by selecting:  MEMBER’s Internal Corporate Practitioner Guest -SPECIAL OFFER  (Free once per year if member has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past 12 months.)



(Note:  New  address for Webcast access! NOTE CHANGES! )

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, we will stream the meeting on our Facebook page the day after the meeting event at 8:15 AM (Eastern) :  https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=atdscc!

The meetings will also be recorded and archived on the ATD SCC YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKFn57zOsK6QnGwmK3MENqg 

Note archived content is usually published to the ATD SCC YouTube channel within 3-5 days of the original meeting date.



For more information, contact: 

Jim Chordas, Sponsorship Director, at: jtchordas@gmail.com and 860-573-0709, or 

John Weidner, ATD SCC President at: jweidner@cornellglobal.com and 203-762-0730. 



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