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Leadership Skills for the Future of Work

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Ian Stuart, Director of Learning and Development, Coursera and David Van Kleeck, Professor in the Practice, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, Rice University

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The world of work is rapidly changing due to technology, globalization, and a new generation of workers. In this changing landscape, the ability to identify and develop capable leaders will be key to business success. However, companies are struggling to see what lies ahead and to help potential leaders develop the skills they will need.

In this webcast, we will discuss:

  • What are soft skills, and which ones are in demand for future leaders?
  • Where can L&D leaders find corporate learning programs for leadership development?
  • How do you measure the return on investment of soft skills training?


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Ian Stuart
Ian Stuart

Director of Learning and Development, Coursera

Ian Stuart joined Coursera in August 2016 as director of learning and development to establish and build Coursera’s L&D function. Prior to Coursera, Ian was at Google for 13 years, where he managed and facilitated its flagship leadership development program and supported engineering and product leaders with team and organizational development. One highlight of his time at Google was managing the development and global launch of team effectiveness tools, resources, and a consulting practice as part of the team that researched the elements of highly effective Google teams. At Coursera, Ian has developed an L&D strategy connected to key long-term business goals, including manager development, organization development, and using Coursera’s excellent course catalog to meet employees’ learning needs. Ian got his dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master’s degree in communication from San Diego State University.

David Van Kleeck
David Van Kleeck

Professor in the Practice, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, Rice University

David Van Kleeck joined the staff of Rice Center for Engineering in August 2014 following a 34-year career as a technologist and manager in Shell’s research and development organization. During his Shell career, he held a variety of positions in which he was responsible for process development, manufacturing technical service, and product support to several downstream refining and chemical businesses. He was also active in Shell’s recruiting efforts for more than 14 years as a campus interviewer, and had a parallel career in the Army Reserve, retiring as a brigadier general after 32 years of active and reserve service in 2005. He was commissioned in the army through ROTC at Princeton University (1973). During his army career, David commanded troops at the battalion, group, and brigade levels. His assignments included active duty tours in Italy and Germany. He returned to Rice after receiving a PhD there in chemical engineering in 1981.


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