ATD Research: Best Practices in Leadership Development Programs

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Rocki Basel, Director, Research, ATD and Sandi Maxey, Senior Vice President, Manager, Sandy Spring Bank

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Is your organization part of the 77 percent offering leadership development programs or activities? Or is your organization considering adding a program in the next year? In this webinar, we’ll discuss ATD’s newest research on leadership development, highlight the benefits, investigate best practices for implementing activities, and spotlight what organizations plan to do over the next year.

Your organization must consider setting measurable goals for the leadership program. We found that every high-performing organization set a goal of using leadership development programs to ensure the continuity of the company’s values and strategy. Almost all high-performing organizations used these programs to foster self-confidence in leaders.

We also found that most organizations measured success using a participant satisfaction survey, but high-performing organizations took it further. They evaluated their program implementation, the immediate effects of the program, and the program’s long-term impact.

The first half of the webinar will discuss the research findings from the newest ATD Research report, Leadership Development: Preparing Leaders for Success. The second part of the webinar will include a discussion with Sandi Maxey, director of succession and talent development at Sandy Spring Bank. She’ll talk about her experience with leadership development programs. 


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Rocki Basel
Rocki Basel

Director, Research, ATD

Rocki Basel, Ph.D. joined the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in 2022 as the associate director of research. Before joining ATD, she was a researcher for other national membership organizations. Her research interests include workplace culture, employee engagement, mental health, and organizational communication. She has a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University. 

Sandi Maxey
Sandi Maxey

Senior Vice President, Manager, Sandy Spring Bank

Sandi joined Sandy Spring Bank in 1999. She is curently senior vice president and manager of the Learning & Professional Development department. In addition to managing the learning function across the organization, Sandi consults with department and business line managers to assess learning and development needs and design appropriate interventions. Sandi’s areas of expertise include leadership, management, coaching, career development, sales and sales management, and the client experience. She is also responsible for developing the Bank’s talent strategy, including competency management and succession planning.

Sandi has more than 25 years of banking experience and more than 20 years in learning and development. She holds an A.B. in Sociology from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Frostburg State University. She is MBTI-qualified and a Bridges certified trainer in Transitions. Sandi currently serves on the ATD Forum Advisory Group.