Speaker: Dr. David DeLong

Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

General Assembly Session 4:

Closing the "Skills Gap:" Innovative Talent Management Solutions For a Changing Workforce

Top executives can no longer be complacent when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining high potential employees and future leaders. This presentation will help executives develop the leadership and workforce capabilities needed to drive future growth and innovation. Dr. DeLong shares research and proven solutions to address your most critical talent management issues. This practical talk shows how to:

  • Prioritize talent-related risks
  • Identify the seven talent problems that kill profits
  • Accelerate knowledge transfer in the multigenerational workplace

Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Track Session 1:

Accelerating Leadership Development: Lessons From the Leading Edge

The leadership pipeline in many manufacturing organizations today is dangerously thin. And with more and more baby boomer executives approaching retirement the competition for proven top talent is going to get fierce. But many companies are not preparing for this leadership deficit. This talk will give participants frameworks and techniques for accelerating the development of their own and other’s leadership skills. Issues such as increasing leadership capacity, avoiding burnout, and raising the visibility of high potentials will all be addressed. This presentation will show how to:

  • Define new leadership skills needed to drive your business strategy
  • Develop and retain young leaders more cost effectively
  • Build a more strategic perspective into your leadership team

Speaker Bio:

Dr. David DeLong - President, David DeLong & Associates 

Dr. David DeLong - President, David DeLong & Associates

Dr. David DeLong is president of David DeLong & Associates, a consulting firm that helps organizations improve performance by solving problems created by changing workforce demographics and risks of knowledge loss. He is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College.

An acclaimed keynote speaker, Dr. DeLong is co-author of the new book The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill. He is also author of the widely-praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce from Oxford University Press. He has spent more than a decade studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance. In recent years, he has conducted over 600 interviews with scores of knowledge-intensive organizations to develop solutions for the knowledge retention and workforce development challenges posed by increased baby boomer retirements and greater mid-career turnover.

His work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CIO Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and the Boston Globe. He has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.”

A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School, Dr. DeLong was also co-author (with J.F. Rockart) of Executive Support Systems: The Emergence of Top Management Computer Use. He has lectured in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South America, and is a widely-published writer whose work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek International, Organizational Dynamics, Computerworld, and Inc. Magazine. He has a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.