Building the Bench: Developing Leaders for an Unknown Future

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will learn how to build a case for leadership development and what elements to look for in a successful program.

A pandemic, a divisive political climate, an economic crisis: Any of these things by themselves are enough to create significant disruption. In 2020, we saw all of them at once. Disruption happened in every industry and every sector of society. The effects of each impacted employees, families, companies, and psyches. How can leaders ever prepare for a year like the one we had? Even more important, what will it mean for the future? The key is developing leaders from the inside out. Focusing on emotional intelligence and relationship intelligence and being able to develop both even in a remote setting are possible with the right tools and resources. Building internal confidence does lead to external results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Measure what your company is currently doing to develop future leaders and determine how at risk you are regarding a leadership gap.
  • Build a case internally for the need to develop future leaders.
  • Employ effective strategies for identifying and developing future leaders.
  • Hear a case study showing increases in emotional intelligence and a return on investment.
  • Know what elements to look for in a development program.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Suzanne Ness


Suzanne Ness is the President of Living Forward, Inc. and is a Nationally Recognized Trainer, Speaker, and Coach. She has led hundreds of sessions in a variety of organizations throughout North America. As an ICF certified coach with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, she continues to develop, coach, and empower her clients, specializing in all aspects of communication, and leadership development. She is adept at helping teams communicate more effectively and inspiring the power of learning. Suzanne is also an online Adjunct Professor at Purdue Global University, where she teaches management and global business classes.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
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