Equity in Leadership Development Starts With the Selection Process

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Liz Kofman-Burns, Co-Founder, Peoplism; Cynthia Burks, Board Member, Advisor, Consultant; and Elizabeth Weingarten, Head of Behavioral Science Insights, Torch

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Even as companies continue to innovate on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), we have seen little advancement and sophistication around the process for selecting employees for leadership development opportunities.

Torch and Peoplism recently asked 200 HR, L&D, and DEI leaders how they identify high-potentials and learned that most organizations are not using a formal selection process. Without fair processes for leadership development, organizations risk exacerbating inequities and contributing to the leaky pipeline of underrepresented talent.

During this webinar, Elizabeth, Liz, and Cynthia will discuss findings from their recent research and provide actionable recommendations your organization can use to create a fair and equitable process for leadership development.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The state of high-potential selection across organizations and current challenges
  • How an inequitable selection process—or a lack of process altogether—can hurt progress towards DEI goals
  • How to create equitable selection processes that reduce bias and enable more employees to reach their full potential
  • Steps to reduce manager bias when evaluating employees’ performance


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Liz Kofman-Burns
Liz Kofman-Burns

Co-Founder, Peoplism

Liz Kofman-Burns, PhD, is co-founder of Peoplism, a DEI consulting firm that delivers measurable results for fast-growing startups and industry-defining businesses. Her work has appeared in Inc., SHRM, TechCrunch, First Round Review, Behavioral Scientist, and peer-reviewed journals.

Cynthia Burks
Cynthia Burks

Board Member, Advisor, Consultant

Cynthia Burks has spent more than 20 years helping people and organizations thrive, most recently as the chief people and culture officer for biotechnology company Genentech. In addition to a board role with Torch, she sits on the board of Inspire Medical Systems and two nonprofits that help young people realize their potential. She also advises companies across a variety of industries.

Elizabeth Weingarten
Elizabeth Weingarten

Head of Behavioral Science Insights, Torch

Elizabeth Weingarten is the head of behavioral science insights for Torch. Previously, Elizabeth was managing editor of Behavioral Scientist magazine, worked at the behavioral science design firm ideas42, directed the global gender parity initiative at the think tank New America, and was a senior fellow in its Better Life Lab. She has also worked on the editorial staffs of Slate, the Atlantic, and Qatar Today magazine. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.


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