Aligning Business and Talent Development: ATD Research Highlights

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Alex Moore, Research Analyst and Holly Bowers, Director of Training and Development, Willmeng

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For years research has shown that many talent development functions fail to align with their organizations’ needs. Consider the 2015 report Aligning Learning to Business published by learning organization Towards Maturity, for example. The report found that 39 percent of talent development professionals were not confident that their learning initiatives supported the skills that their organizations needed. Aligning for Success: Connecting Learning to Business Performance, published in 2015 by ATD Research, found that less than half of talent development professionals considered their organizations’ learning and business goals to be aligned to a high or very high extent.

Unfortunately, talent development’s challenges with alignment persist. According to Strategic Alignment: Orchestrating Organizational Success, a new report from ATD Research, only 42 percent of organizations have talent development strategies that are aligned with their business strategies to a high or very high extent.

This webcast will share findings from Strategic Alignment to offer best practices for ensuring an organization’s talent development strategy reflects its business and HR priorities. You will learn about practices associated with being a highly aligned organization. Topics of discussion will include the relationship between alignment and organizational values, performance reporting for talent development, business leader support for talent development, and talent development’s influence on business strategy.


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Alex Moore
Alex Moore

Research Analyst

Alex Moore is a junior research analyst at ATD. Alex returned to ATD in 2019 after spending a year living and working in Chile. Prior to moving abroad, Alex was a writer/editor for ATD working on TD magazine, a research coordinator at ATD, and a customer care advocate at ATD. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a B.A. in English.

Holly Bowers
Holly Bowers

Director of Training and Development, Willmeng

Holly Bowers has a passion for learning and for developing others. Her 13-year HR generalist and learning and development career has focused on developing employees and leaders, as well as guiding companies to become learning organizations. She has a strategic approach to enhance organizational growth with forward-thinking L&D strategies. She currently works at Willmeng Construction, where she collaborates with an amazing leadership team adept at aligning organizational goals with employee learning and development.