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Joint Meeting with ATD Luncheon

November 30, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Goodwill Lifsey Center
937 Herman Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: An Interactive Panel Discussion
Presented by: Brian Griffith, PhD, Valerie Leonard, PHR, SHRM-CP, Nissan North America, Emily O'Grady, Asurion with Moderator Mark Kenny, Hippo Solutions

Griffith Leonard O'Grady Kenny

With more generations in the workplace than ever before, preparing the next generation of leaders is becoming increasingly critical.  This session will take a first-hand look at how to prepare the next generation of leaders while working with common challenges such as limited leadership development resources.  How do we prepare the next generation?  How do we empower them to develop themselves and others?

This informative and interactive seminar will use multiple interactive formats to engage with the audience in a deeper discussion about this increasingly critical topic.

Participants in this session will:

  • Understand the current dilemma facing new and emerging leaders.
  • Discover new ways of thinking about developing new and emerging leaders.
  • Learn practical strategies to empower the new and emerging leaders in your own organization.
  • Recognize the importance of empowering leaders to develop themselves and others.

Schedule: Doors open at 11:00 am for registration and networking. Buffet lunch begins at 11:20 am, and the presentation starts promptly at 12 noon.

  • Members: $28 by end of business Monday, November 27, $38 afterwards.*
  • Future Members: $42 by end of business Monday, November 271, $56 afterwards.* (See below)**
  • MT|SHRM Students: $14 by end of business Monday, November 27, $19 afterwards.*

*On-line registration will close by end of business 2 days prior to the event. Our ability to accommodate walk-in registrations will be based on space availability.

This program has been awarded 1 hour of General HR recertification credit."MT|SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC's) for the SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."

Please thank our sponsor for making this event possible:

Brian Griffith, Ph.D.
, has spent his academic career studying how people learn and grow. His research has determined that optimal human development comes through self-awareness, deliberate practice, and hard work. He teaches a number of courses at Vanderbilt University including human development, team leadership, and personality assessment. Dr. Griffith has co-authored two books: “Effective Groups: Concepts and Skills to Meet Leadership Challenges” and “Working in Teams: Moving from High Potential to High Performance.” He has earned a number of teaching awards at Vanderbilt and regularly conducts workshops on topics such as leadership, teams, and emotional intelligence. 

Valerie Leonard, PHR, SHRM-CP, has over 20 years of HR experience. Born an Army brat, Valerie has been a human resources professional for Nissan North America for 15 years.  Valerie has North American regional responsibility for all facets of Learning & Development, including leadership development programs, coaching and assessment, learning management systems, employee engagement and survey, and closely partners with peers in Talent Planning to develop future leaders, as part of the Talent Management leadership team.  Valerie has held a number of positions at Nissan that includes human resources business partner, diversity recruitment and training, strategic staffing, career coach, talent management and leadership development.  Valerie began her career as a recruiter, and then a Staffing Manager before a brief stint in the federal government.

Emily O'Grady is a leader within Asurion’s supply chain, responsible for the end-to-end management of Asurion’s same unit repair, store technican operations, and retail operations. Prior to joining Asurion, Emily was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Emily lives in Nashville and she is an enthusiastic yoga practitioner and runner, an experienced high-altitude trekker, and an avid fiction reader. She spends as much time as she can in the great outdoors with her husband, Mick, and their two girls, Eloise (3 years) and Charlie (1.5 years), and two mutts.

Moderator - Mark Kenny is a professional speaker and change facilitator.  He has practiced leader development for over 20 years as a business owner, manager, technologist, and consultant in multiple sectors including healthcare, government, non-profit, education, manufacturing, engineering, publishing, technology, and transportation.  He is an expert on leveraging interactive case studies and technology to help leaders lead change.  Mark has facilitated changes for a broad range of clients including Vanderbilt, HCA, Deloitte, MGMA, Mars, State of Tennessee, SHRM, and Ohio State University. He is currently the President and founder of Hippo Solutions.

** Up to $45 of any Guest registration may be applied towards a new 1 year MT|SHRM Membership within 60 days of the event attended.  Please call Shannan at (615) 499-5150 to take advantage.


$38.00 MT|SHRM Member Ticket
$28.00 Earlybird rate before November 27

$56.00 Future Member/ Guest
$42.00 Earlybird rate before November 27

$19.00 MT|SHRM Student Ticket
$14.00 Earlybird rate before November 27