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Upcoming events

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • The Lodge (Des Peres)

    How Learning Agility Drives Leadership Potential 

    By: David Smith, Ph.D., President and CEO, EASI-Consult, &
    Rebekah Cardenas, Ph.D., VP of Business Development and Assessment Solutions, EASI-Consult 

     Date: March 8, 2018

    Location:  The Lodge (1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131)

    Time:  7:30 am to 9:30 am


    Networking starts at 7:30 am, program begins at 8:00 am

    Program description: 

    The war for talent is more fierce than ever. The world is changing rapidly. Organizations must adapt to compete. There is growing evidence that people who have the highest potential to succeed in this environment are also the most agile learners. While researchers differ slightly in their definitions of learning agility, it can be summarized as an ability and willingness to learn from experience and quickly apply this to new situations.

    A new entry into the race to accurately measure and develop learning agility is the Burke Learning Agility Inventory™ (Burke LAI), developed by Dr. Warner Burke at Columbia University. Theory based, and research driven, this tool has proven effective in the identification and development of high potential leaders.

    David Smith, President and CEO and Rebekah Cardenas, VP of Business Development and Assessment Solutions, will review theory and research in the area of learning agility that has led to the development and validation of the Burke LAI. They will compare the instrument to two well known assessments and share with you research conducted at PepsiCo, Hogan Assessment Systems and OSF HealthCare, among others.

    About David Smith, Ph.D.: 

    David Smith is the founder and president of EASIConsult ® . His career includes over 30 years in the field of assessment and development for management and leadership positions. After spending over a decade inside a Fortune 100 company as the head of Assessment and Selection, he now leads a team including some of the most experienced psychologists and HRD professionals in the U.S. His company provides Talent Assessment and Management consulting to private sector and public sector organizations.

    David holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Equal Employment Advisory Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Employment Testing in Washington, D.C. He is one of the founders of the International Assessment and Selection Council, a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, the Society for Human Resource Management, the St. Louis Organization Development Network, and the Association for Corporate Growth of St. Louis. David is licensed as a practicing psychologist by Missouri’s State Committee of Psychology. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen research articles and studies in leading professional journals. His work has been reprinted in books on human resources management, both domestically and internationally. David is on the editorial board for Personnel Psychology.

    About Rebekah Cardenas, Ph.D.: 

    Rebekah Cardenas is Vice President of Business Development and Assessment Solutions at EASI•Consult®. Rebekah Cardenas has over 17 years of experience as both an internal and external organizational consultant. Prior to joining EASI•Consult in 2006, she held various consulting and research roles at BASF, Federal Management Partners, the City of Norfolk, Old Dominion University and the National Science Foundation.

    Rebekah is a trained assessor and has served as an executive coach for high-potential leaders. She leads several large-scale selection and development strategies for clients across numerous industries such as banking, finance, insurance, healthcare, retail, energy and public utilities. Sample clients include U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rolls Royce, Hewlett-Packard, City of Raleigh, Ameren, Peabody Energy, U.S. Gypsum, and the Office of Director of National Intelligence. Rebekah has developed and administered several certification and training programs in the areas of Learning Agility and Talent Management. She has partnered with numerous organizations to develop and validate customized pre-employment screening tools and behaviorally based structured interviews. Rebekah has strong quantitative skills including data management and statistical analysis. 

    Rebekah holds a PhD. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University. She serves as a contributing faculty member within the Organizational Psychology Department at Walden University. She holds a Project Management certification (PMP) as well. Rebekah has been published in Workforce Magazine and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition.

    Fees for this event are as follows:

    • $15 for Student GIOP members
    • $20 for Professional GIOP members
    • $40 for all non-members


    This program is eligible for 1.5 CEU credits. Register Here!

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