July 22 - 24, 2018
Omni King Edward - Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dessalen Wood

VP Talent Development

Dessalen Wood, CHRP, is an HR professional, facilitator and coach who has specialized in passionately leading Learning and Development and Human Resources teams within blue chip Canadian organizations.  With over 20 years experience in mid size and large size Canadian and US organizations, such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Children’s Place & The Disney Stores and most recently, as Vice President, Talent Development with Cineplex Entertainment, she has created multiple programs and support systems designed to create engaging corporate cultures, developing leaders at all levels. 

In her current role, Dess and her team are responsible for the growth, development and culture of the Cineplex’ multiple businesses in Canada and the US, working together to enable them to select, retain and develop their teams in order to continue to grow and drive the business. In her tenure, Cineplex has been a 3 time winner of the Waterstone Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Culture award, in addition to having been recognized by the Retail Council of Canada, with their award for Talent Development in 2015.  

11:00 AM On-Boarding New Leaders: A Developmental Approach

Looking to get your new leaders off to a fast start? Want to eliminate some of the drama that often accompanies new leadership assignments? Join Dessalen Wood, VP of Talent Development at Cineplex Entertainment as she shares a unique development-based approach to on-boarding mid-to-senior level leaders. Participants will learn:

•Why current on-boarding programs—especially those for mid-to-senior level leaders—often fail and miss the mark, creating unwanted drama and loss of productivity
•How to design an on-boarding program that takes advantage of the skills present in intact work teams and allows new leaders to hit the ground running
•How to coach new leaders joining the company for the first time as well as seated leaders taking on new assignments with new teams

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn first-hand from the practical, productive, and very successful on-boarding program Wood has designed for her organization. You’re sure to walk away with insight and strategies you can use to improve your own on-boarding process.

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Dessalen.

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