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 is the President and Co-founder of Forward Effect Coaching, and a nationally recognized Trainer, Speaker, and Coach. She has led 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 train, coach, and empower workforces and organizations, specializing in all aspects of communication, leadership development and team building. She currently serves as a representative in the IL General Assembly.  She is married, has 3 adult children and a granddaughter, and lives in Crystal Lake IL.

Room: Summit 204
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
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