Succession Planning: A Reality that YOU as a Talent Management Professional Cannot Ignore

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will show you how to use a model to strengthen your company’s talent pipelines and increase retention as part of the overall plan to ensure business continuity.

You are often responsible for ensuring the availability of key talent. Thus, you must understand the succession planning process and your role in it. You may be charged with designing your company’s talent management strategy or executing what others have already designed. Some companies have succession plans, yet, they are constantly losing key talent as a result of bad hires, job changes, retirements, etc., after spending considerable time, money and resources to develop those employees. What are you doing to ensure that your company has and retains its key talent? To help you begin, this session will present steps so you can identify retention risks and create a talent pipeline for key positions. This session will help you:

·         Define your role as an advocate of succession planning.

·         Describe how a sound succession plan contributes to identifying and retaining talent. 

·         Identify risks and their solutions to create a robust talent pipeline.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:15am to 12:30pm

Norma Davila, SHRM-SCP


Norma Dávila has dedicated her career to develop others in industries as diverse as banking, technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, retail, utilities, automotive, and education.  She is a hands-on consultant in organizational development and training who designs and implements change management and capacity building strategies. She prepares internal organizational capacity for different roles through coaching.  Norma provides outplacement support, designs employee handbooks, and challenges operational processes among other services.   Her consulting practice also includes leadership development and talent management programs. She is known for her flexibility in working with her clients to address their needs and partnering to find the best solution to their challenges.  Norma is certified as Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Yale University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Psychology at the University of Chicago. 

Wanda Pina-Ramirez


Wanda Piña-Ramírez is an enthusiastic advocate of selecting and developing talent for business success who has held various roles in industries such as hospitality, tourism, telecommunications, restaurants, petrochemicals, retail, waterworks, and government in United States, the Caribbean Region, and Puerto Rico. Her clients include from multinational corporations to small and mid-size businesses for corporate reorganizations, contract negotiations, budget development and management, human resources administration, business management, and training among other services. Wanda is certified as Coach (CCC) from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, as Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming and Applied Kinesiology by the International NLP Trainers Association, and as Human Resources Administrator by the Escuela Avanzada de Administración de Recursos Humanos y Legislación Laboral de Puerto Rico.  She serves as Advisory Board Member of the School of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón.  She is a certified Mediator for Cases of Domestic Violence and Aggression in Puerto Rico.  Wanda received the Training and Development Professional Award of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development in 2011. 

Southern Hemisphere IV/V
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
HR Expertise
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