ATD Research: Leaders as Teachers

Thursday, October 1, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Kevin Oakes, CEO, Institute for Corporate Productivity and Martin Scott, Vice President, Leadership Acceleratoin, Comcast

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Business and learning leaders alike expect great things from leaders-as-teachers (LAT) programs: enhanced professional development opportunities for leaders who teach, deeper levels of engagement for employee learners, and support for an organizational culture that thrives on learning, to name just a few. Many organizations leverage their leaders as teachers. Unfortunately, most of those companies struggle to gain traction and truly profit from the time and effort leaders invest in teaching. High levels of effectiveness are only happening in about one in five organizations using the LAT approach.

In Leaders as Teachers: Engaging Employees in High-Performance Learning, ATD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) partnered to identify and explore what high-performance organizations are doing to derive the greatest benefits from LAT programs.

Join i4cp CEO Kevin Oakes as he discusses the findings and recommendations from this exciting new research. He will be joined by Martin Scott, VP, Talent Development, Comcast University.


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Kevin Oakes
Kevin Oakes

CEO, Institute for Corporate Productivity

As CEO of i4cp, Kevin provides strategic direction and vision, and is responsible for the overall operations of the organization. He has been a pioneer in the human capital field for the last 15 years, and is a frequent author and international keynote speaker on topics such as talent management, leadership, innovation, metrics, and strategic learning in organizations.

Prior to founding i4cp, Kevin created SumTotal Systems, the world's largest learning management system company and the industry's leading provider of talent development solutions, when he merged Click2learn with Docent in 2003. The merger won Frost & Sullivan's Competitive Strategy Award in 2004. Kevin was also the 2006 chair of ATD’s board, and served five years as an ATD board member.

Martin Scott
Martin Scott

Vice President, Leadership Acceleratoin, Comcast

Martin Scott is Vice President of Talent Development in the Talent & Professional Development (TPD) College of Comcast University, which focuses on leadership development and professional growth for leaders of all levels within Comcast. With over two decades of experience in learning and development and organizational effectiveness, Martin has extensive experience collaborating with business partners and senior leaders across business lines and executing large/national-scale projects including leadership training, needs assessment, and organizational or operational improvements.

Before his promotion to Vice President in 2015, Martin served as Executive Director of High Potential Talent Development since early 2010. Previously, Martin served as the Regional Director of Comcast University in the Keystone Region of the Northeast Division. In this role, he was principally focused on learning and organizational development initiatives supporting Technical Operations, Customer Care, Leadership, Sales, and Employee Communications.

Prior to joining Comcast in 2007, Martin was with Verizon where he started in 1998 as an Account Manager in their Business Solutions Group. In 2003, he became a Sales Engineer, where he provided pre-sales technical support to account teams in the Philadelphia metro area and created and delivered technical training for sales representatives and customers.  In 2005, he was named National Manager of Data/IP Proficiency and Training, and was responsible for all business unit training requirements of Verizon/MCI merger. In this position, he planned, project managed, and executed a major upgrade and platform migration for an eLearning Management System.

Martin’s volunteer work has included leadership training for the National Camping School of the Boy Scouts of America and serving as Chairperson of the Parish Council for his church. Martin has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Face to Face Germantown, a non-profit that offers dignity, compassion and a sense of community to neighbors in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA and has also served as Adjunct Faculty in the Strategic Leadership master’s degree program at Neumann University. Presently, Martin serves on the Managing Human Capital Advisory Committee of the Haub Business School at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  Martin is a certified Korn Ferry 360° Feedback Coach/Facilitator, a certified consultant in The Birkman Method® and is pursuing International Coach Federation (ICF) accreditation as an Executive Coach.

Martin earned his master’s degree in organizational dynamics from The University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from The Theological Seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo, in Wynnewood, PA.  Martin and his wife have two sons and a daughter and reside in Ardmore, PA.