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Session D - Pre-Conference Session
Re-Thinking Leadership Development
Presented by John Dupre and Armin Pajand


Description: This interactive 3-hour workshop applies the concepts and tools of systems thinking to the paradoxical and ever growing field of leadership development. Given all the attention and criticisms that the term “leadership” receives with over 180 million search engine results, it may be time to reshape and re-think the notion of leadership development itself.

Competitive and time-to-market pressures have defined much of organizational life and leadership behaviors. It seems as though the external world is shaping the leaders’ mindsets rather than the leaders being able to shape their realities and those of their followers. This workshop addresses these trends and presents the participants with a set of tools and practices, and is led by 2 senior organization development and leadership experts who have spent most of their time transforming themselves rather than the world around them. Most of their influence over their surroundings comes from their constant and radical inquiry into their own way of being and their own assumptions. 

Target Audience: Leaders, executives, managers, corporate change agents.

Organizational Issues: In spite of a $20 billion annual leadership development budget, developing leaders remains a daunting challenge for most organizations. This interactive session delves into challenges and obstacles facing the field. It looks at the current best practices of leadership development, yet it engages the audience in a deeper dialogue on re-inventing and re-thinking how leadership development is done. 

Discussion of challenges and obstacles facing leaders. An overview of the best practices in leadership development. An exploration of new and cutting-edge tools in leadership development.

Date: Thursday, April 19th

Length: 3 hours (9:00am-12:00pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum


Biography: John Dupre is the Director of Organization Development at Mattel, Inc. This is an internal consulting position in Leadership Development, a part of Human Resources at Mattel. His primary focus is on designing innovative ways to involve people in building more productive and satisfying workplaces. He had been an outside consultant for the past 20 years before joining Mattel 10 years ago. He had his own consulting firm, Dupre and Associates for 5 years and before that, was President of Block Petrella Weisbord, Inc., one of the leading organization development consulting firms in the United States.

John previously spent 6 years with Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, where he was a Manufacturing Manager and a Training and Development Manager. He holds a B.A. degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Contact: John can be reached by e-mail at johndupre1@gmail.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/john-dupre/34/1b8/202


Biography: Armin Pajand helps leaders learn and develop in the midst of complexity.  As the Director of Leadership & Learning at Haig Barrett, Armin leads a team of consultants in the areas of leadership, and organizational learning. Armin is also the Director of Learning at American Society for Training & Development in Los Angeles. His experience spans the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, including industries such as health care, informational technology, financial services, consumer, energy, entertainment and utilities. As the former VP of Strategy and Change at Wells Fargo, Armin facilitates strategic execution by interweaving and integrating the various aspects of organizational reality. His work ranges from facilitating large-scale strategic programs to leading initiatives involving diverse stakeholders.  Armin holds a graduate degree in Organizational Development from a joint program at Oxford University and HEC School of Management.

Contact: Armin can be reached by e-mail at armin@haigbarrett.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.


Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/arminpajand

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