Panel Discussion: Talent Development After COVID (Chapter Meeting)

  • 02/24/2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Along with the rest of the world, the talent development field was forced to undergo drastic shifts over the past year.  Some of these shifts were an acceleration of the application of technologies the industry has been incorporating over the course of several years.  Other shifts were unexpected thrusts into unfamiliar territory.

A year after the pandemic's spread, how effective have we adapted to these changes?  Which talent development innovations do we predict the industry will retain once the pandemic ends?  Which will the industry discard?

About our Panelists

Our panelists fill talent development leadership roles throughout Orange County.

  Melanie Nichols

Melanie Nichols is the Director of Talent Management for Yamaha (music) Corporation of America. Prior to COVID, Yamaha was in the biggest growth mode in their history, were only beginning to pilot limited work from home options and had finalized floor plans for the new headquarter building. COVID has impacted every aspect of the employee journey. While there were adjustments to the talent development strategies, plans and tactics, it is the mindset of Yamaha’s leadership that has been the most transformational outcome of COVID.

   Deborah Decker

As the Learning Program Manager for CareMore Health, a subsidiary of Anthem, Inc., Deborah experienced first-hand the challenges of designing and delivering training to frontline healthcare workers during a pandemic. Providing the most accurate, up-to-date information quickly on diagnosing, reporting, and wearing proper PPE could mean the difference between life and death for both employees and patients. Deborah will share how the CareMore team pivoted from their scheduled training cadence to Covid training, how we managed rapidly changing information and protocols, and helped save thousands of lives. She will also discuss how the lessons learned over the past year will inform Learning and Development at CareMore post-Covid.

   Neshat Khadem

Brings expertise in Human Resources and Organizational Development.  With an educational background in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and experiences within medium and large national and global organizations, Neshat brings a diverse perspective into Talent and Organizational Development work.  


5:50 PM  Registration, Networking

6:00 PM  Main Program

7:30 PM  Event Close

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