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How to Recession Proof Talent Development

Thursday, September 21, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Christina Barss, Chief Transformation Officer, Problem Solutions, Allen Interactions

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In the face of economic downturns, L&D sectors often face budget cuts due to a lack of clarity in their value proposition to executive decision-makers. As businesses scramble to reduce expenses, essential internal resources like L&D become vulnerable, even though cutting them can diminish employee morale, engagement, and long-term productivity. This webinar covers strategies to solidify the significance of L&D in the corporate environment. Equip your L&D function with the tools to survive and thrive during economic challenges by effectively communicating its undeniable value to the success and growth of your organization.

By attending this webinar, you will:

• Discover what top-level executives look for when determining the value of L&D, ensuring your efforts are seen as strategic investments rather than expendable costs.
• Learn how to align L&D initiatives with organizational culture, key performance indicators (KPIs), objectives, and key results (OKRs) using the Lean Strategy Deployment Matrix (Hoshin Kanri), reinforcing L&D’s role in optimizing organizational outcomes and assisting in prioritizing resources effectively.
• Learn to effectively measure and communicate the return on investment for L&D interventions, ensuring your department’s contributions are recognized and valued during challenging economic times.

Primary Capability Covered: Talent Strategy and Management


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Christina Barss
Christina Barss

Chief Transformation Officer, Problem Solutions, Allen Interactions

Christina Barss, PhD, is an experienced industry subject matter expert in improvement sciences and organizational culture change. Her unique blend of practical, academic, and artistic perspectives creates custom operational and employee engagement solutions that transform the bottom line. From the C-suite to the frontline employees, Christina connects seamlessly and guides others in building bridges of trust. She presents nationally and internationally on design thinking, change management, organizational culture, corporate learning, executive education, and succession planning.


  • ATD Talent Development Leader