GENERAL MEETING - Leadership and Wellness - An Organizational Collaboration
Hear from the ATD 2023 Best Award winning organization:
People have always been the most important resource for an organization, and today that is more true than ever. Organizations are looking for ways to attract and keep top talent, and employees (potential and current) are searching for places to feel valued and supported. There’s no single prescription to make this work, but balancing professional development and wellness are two key components of the formula. MD Anderson Cancer Center works hard to provide a broad array of programs that blend together to support our workforce in multiple dimensions and this session will share more information about their strategy and framework to be a leader in this space.
- Think about employee development in multiple dimensions.
- Explore opportunities to embed both leadership development and personal wellness into programs for every level of employee.
- Discuss lessons learned: what has worked well and what was learned along the way.
ATD Capability Model – Collaboration and Leadership
To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Cathy Schaefer - Director of the Leadership Institute within the division of Human Resources at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
In her current role, she leads development programs that span the employee life cycle, from the first day of New Employee Orientation through the continuous development of leadership competencies at all levels of the organization. Her team also manages the organization's Performance Management processes, Learning Management System, and survey and assessment framework. Cathy holds certifications from ATD as a Certified Professional in Talent Development, HRCI as a Professional in Human Resources and is a certified facilitator for the multiple assessments and courses. She is a graduate of the Coach Rice Program through the Rice University Doerr Institute and is pursuing her International Coach Federation credential as an executive coach. She received a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Houston‐Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Managing Human Resources Advisory Panel and the international judging panel for the Association for Talent Development’s BEST Award.
Evan Thoman - Director of Wellness at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Evan is an accomplished wellness leader with over a decade of experience focusing on the well-being of employees and teams in various sectors. At MD Anderson Cancer Center, he serves as the Director of Workforce Wellness, leading a multidisciplinary team and overseeing the BeWell Program. This innovative employee well-being program provides resources and support through comprehensive wellness interventions based on MD Anderson's eight-dimensional BeWell model. With a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, a Master of Science in Organizational Training and Development, and a current pursuit of a Ph.D. in Health Sciences, Evan brings a deep understanding of factors impacting individual and organizational well-being. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMI) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner (NWI), ensuring his approach aligns with industry-recognized best practices. Beyond his role at MD Anderson, Evan serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Nurses Association Healthy Nurse Health Nation Initiative, further contributing to the wellness community.
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