The Talent Development Department of One: Best Practices for Small TD Teams

Friday, September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Tara Deakin, Chief Talent Development Officer, Spin Master; Brian Miller, Vice President of Talent, Development and Inclusion, Gilead Sciences; Tim Tobin, Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, Choice Hotels International; and John Cone', Principal Catalyst, the 11th Hour Group

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Talent development priorities and challenges are unique for those who work in small TD departments. Often staff and resources are lean and senior leaders' expectations are high. If you are a TD department of one (or a few), you can benefit from the wisdom of those who have gone before you.

Join us for an exclusive ATD member-only webcast as we ask three executives in the field to share their insights on the following:

  • What would you say to the small TD department that is tasked to do much with very little?
  • What do you prioritize when working as small team?
  • What do you focus on and not focus on?


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Tara Deakin
Tara Deakin

Chief Talent Development Officer, Spin Master

Tara Deakin is Chief Talent Development Officer at Spin Master. Prior to Spin Master, Tara was Senior Vice President, Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, for TD Bank Group, where talent acquisition, talent management, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion were the core components of Tara's portfolio. Tara is a member of the Human Resources Operating Committee. Prior to joining TD, Tara served as the Managing Director/Chief Learning Officer for the North American Consumer Bank at Citi Group. In this role, she was accountable for employee onboarding and development. In addition to her North American responsibilities, Tara had global accountability for enterprise systems training and knowledge management. In this capacity, she and her team supported the strategic focus of the organization by translating business goals into actionable performance initiatives to ensure the readiness of 102,000+ customer facing employees. Tara has more than 16 years of progressive positions in the field of organizational development and learning. Prior to joining Citi, she was the Chief Learning and Enablement Officer at Rogers Communications where she held a number of increasingly senior roles driving the organizations learning and organizational effectiveness capability. Tara holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed post graduate work at Central Michigan University in adult education and organizational development. In 2009, Tara was awarded a Leadership Fellowship from the International Women's Forum which included advanced studies at INSEAD and Harvard.

Tara is a founding member of ATD's Chief Talent Development Officer (CTDO) Next network.

Brian Miller
Brian Miller

Vice President of Talent, Development and Inclusion, Gilead Sciences

Brian Miller joined Gilead in 2010 and oversees all employee development including executive development. The Learning Development & Inclusion function also has responsibility for the executive coaching program, mentoring program, behavioral assessments, career management, inclusion & diversity, new hire/new manager orientation, as well as organizational design, change management, team building, and strategy tools. Prior to joining Gilead, Brian was the director of Amgen’s Global Learning & Development function. He also served as an executive consultant and worked for several Fortune 500/1000 organizations including Adidas, Citibank, Ford Motor Company, HP, Microsoft, and Nike. Brian is a former ATD Board member and has published articles in TD magazine and LiNE Zine. He has spoken at industry conferences including Harvard University’s iS2K conference, the MASIE Center’s TechLearn conference, Watermark Conference for Women, i4cp conference, and the NAAAHR National conference. He received an Ed.M. in Technology in Learning with honors from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research included these focus areas: digital collaboration—how technology can support learning theories, strategic implementation of technology, and managing technology—the costs and benefits of digitization.

Brian is a founding member of ATD's Chief Talent Development Officer (CTDO) Next network.

Tim Tobin
Tim Tobin

Vice President, Franchisee Onboarding and Learning, Choice Hotels International

Tim Tobin is a leadership development professional committed to helping individuals and organizations reach their greatest potential. As Vice President of Franchisee Onboarding and Learning at Choice Hotels International, Tim oversees the hotel opening processes and learning strategy for all franchisees. Previously, he was Vice President of Global Leadership Development at Marriott. His work was recognized with the 2018 Chief Learning Officer Trailblazer award, 2017 Global CCU award for Outstanding Services to the Learning Industry, 2014 Chief Learning Officer Global Learning Award, and 2012 Chief Learning Officer Learning Innovation Award among others. He received his Doctorate of Education in Human Resources Development from George Washington University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. He is the author of Peak Leadership Fitness: Elevating Your Leadership Game (ATD Press, 2019) and Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire, and Motivate (Berrett-Koehler, 2015).

Tim is a founding member of ATD's Chief Talent Development Officer (CTDO) Next network.

John Cone'
John Cone'

Principal Catalyst, the 11th Hour Group

John Cone' has worked in talent development for over 40 years. In that time, he has served as a CLO, a VP of HR, on the boards of non-profit and for-profit learning companies and organizations, including ATD, and as a consultant and advisor to CLOs at more than a dozen major companies and to the federal government. He writes and speaks on issues of talent development, with emphasis on strategy, the implications of technology, and the future of learning. He chairs the Chief Learning & Talent officers Board for the Institute for Corporate Productivity. He serves as Catalyst of ATD's Chief Talent Development Officer (CTDO) Next network, and in this role he facilitates a think tank approach to the network's applied thought leadership.