Pennsylvania ATD Executive Education Series: "Aligning Your Talent Development Function with Dynamic Business Needs"

  • April 14, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Your Home Office


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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Executive Education Series sponsored by your ATD chapter.  Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we'll be presenting a thought leader in executive education coming from our most prestigious academic institutions and organizations across the state. 

Aligning Your Talent Development Function with Dynamic Business Needs

As a leader in the world of talent development, you can only be successful when you are able to build a strategy that aligns with the strategic business needs of your organization.

This task involves building a shared language of success, as well as alignment between your strategy and that of your organization’s leadership team. In this session, we will share a free, highly effective tool kit that will enable your accomplishment of these two important goals. One key ingredient of this session is using ATD’s Talent Development Puzzle tool (

This online tool allows users to discuss, prioritize, and personalize the primary and secondary talent functions needed within any organization. It can be used as a discussion foundation between you and your leadership team as you decide what to focus on and what to leave for another day (as we are all being asked to do “less with less”), or by you and your direct reports to build understanding, alignment, and synchronicity showing how their everyday work aligns with the larger organization’s business objectives and strategies.

  • Attendees will learn to use ATD’s Talent Development Puzzle, allowing them to prioritize 39 different talent development functions,
  • Build a talent strategy that aligns with their organization’s business objectives, and
  • Leave with an action plan to engage their organization’s leadership team in the process.


Dr. William J. Rothwell:

 William J. Rothwell is president of Rothwell & Associates and a professor in charge of workforce education and development on the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University. As a professor, he heads up a top-ranked program in learning and performance; as a consultant, he travels the world presenting on his 104 published books. In 2012, he was honored with ATD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award, and in 2013 he was again honored by the ATD Certification Institute by being appointed a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance Fellow. Visit his website at

  Dr. Angela Stopper: Angela Stopper is the Chief Learning Officer & Director of People and Organization Development at the University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the team who creates and delivers campuswide learning initiatives supporting supervisory, management, functional, technical and non-technical learning efforts for the campus's 9,000 staff and faculty administrators. In addition, her team is responsible for onboarding, reboarding and overall employee engagement programming; campus career and professional development programming; and organization development efforts focused on strategic planning, succession planning, change management, and more. Pennsylvania ATD Executive Education Series

  Jennifer Homer: Jennifer leads multiple functions at ATD, including governance, the association’s awards programs, research, customer service, ATD’s Certification Institute, and a special offering for enterprises called the ATD Forum. She started at (then) ASTD in 1999 and led its public relations work. As a volunteer, Jennifer served on the executive board for the International Association of Business Communicators and was president of the D.C. chapter. She holds IABC’s Accredited Business Communicator credential.

  Dr. Aileen G. Zaballero: Aileen Zaballero is a senior partner at Rothwell & Associates and Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) since 2009. She helped develop a competency model and career map for the advanced commercial building workforce and redesigned a performance management system for a senior living community. Aileen recently coauthored Increasing Learning &Development’s Impact Through Accreditation (Palgrave, 2020). 

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