Talent Management

  • 18 Nov 2019
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Comradity, 845 Canal St, Stamford, CT 06902, 3rd floor


  • Members are welcome to bring one free internal Corporate HR practitioner guest per event, only if the guest has not yet attended a regular Chapter Event as a guest within the past year. The chapter member can register his/her guest by selecting: MEMBER’s Internal Corporate Practitioner.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

ATD SCC is delighted to present:

Talent Management in a Turbulent World

With the Distinguished, Award-Winning

Rhodes Scholar:

Roopa Unnikrishnan

Head of Strategy, Harman International 

At a time when a 280-character tweet can change your bottom line, and a natural disaster can have a disastrous impact on your supply chain, how is a talent planner supposed to plan? How does a talent professional create a sustainable and change ready organization that can thrive in the “Whitewater of World-Wide Turbulence?” 

Roopa Unnikrishnan, Harman Strategy Executive and Author of The Career Catapult, will discuss the realities of translating strategy into operational plans. Roopa  will outline why workforce and operational planning must occur simultaneously to fully integrate both in the core business strategy.

Roopa will explore these topics in the workshop:

    • Why the success of the business relies on the depth of strategic workforce planning
    • How to shift workforce planning from an independent annual process to an every-day behavior
    • How to follow and analyze trends to drive talent development 
    • How to foster cross-functional, higher-level strategic discussions to influence core decisions
    • How to use insights to drive skill development critical for organization success
    You will leave with a framework for how to create a consistent partnership with your strategy partner to make an integrated approach to business goals and talent planning.

    Speaker Bio: 

    Roopa Unnikrishnan builds on almost two decades of experience in Fortune 500 companies where she has seeded and driven change and innovation. Roopa’s book, The Career Catapult, brings together all her insights to help professionals think differently about their lives and careers.

    In her role at HARMAN, Roopa coordinates the synergy growth efforts with Samsung, who acquired the company last year. She also helped the company and the CEO identify a plan to more than double the business by 2025.

    Roopa’s work at Center10 Consulting has her working with a diverse range of clients including Johnson & Johnson, Harman, Estee Lauder Companies Inc., New York Presbyterian Hospitals, Microsoft, StructureTone, The United Nations, Kaplan and Haemonetics. She has helped clients deploy tools such as workforce analytics, Innovation Advisory councils and social media and technology platforms that can activate broad innovation networks to drive novel responses to issues.

    Roopa started her consulting career at Katzenbach Partners LLC (KPL), where her practice focused on early startups and later, progressed to issues dealing with strategy development, and managing people and innovative technology. At one of Citibank's CitiCards she was strategy director. As COO and HR lead at BlackRock she had responsibility for strategic projects in the sales and marketing divisions. While at Pfizer Inc. Unnikrishnan was VP, Corporate Strategy and Global Head of Pfizer's worldwide talent and organizational team for Sales.

    A Rhodes scholar who completed both an MPhil in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. at the University of Oxford, Unnikrishnan also has a varied extracurricular life, being both a published poet and a world-class athlete in sports rifelry. She has captained an Oxford University team and won many medals for her nation in the International arena. In 1999, she received the Arjuna Award from the President India, the highest sports prize in the country. 


    NEW Location: Comradity, 845 Canal St, Stamford CT, 06902, 3rd floor

    Ample Parking Available

    Date:  Monday, November 18, 2019

    Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration; 6:15 PM Dinner and Program

    Special Pricing:  Members: $25; Non-members: $40;

    In-transition: $25; Students: $20

    Preferred Registration Deadline no later than Friday, November 15, 2019

    There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins 

    with no prior online registration and payment.

    No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.

    (Special diet accommodations upon request by contacting mbeccarelli@gmail.com a minimum of 48 hours before the event.)


    Bring a Corporate Practitioner Guest!!!

    Special Offer: Members are welcome to bring one free internal Corporate HR practitioner guest per event, only if the guest has not attended a regular Chapter Event as a guest within the past year. The chapter member can register his/her guest by selecting: #5. MEMBER’s Internal Corporate Practitioner.


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    rtartell@optonline.net or 917 544-4016.

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