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Unsung Heroes: Designing Leadership Development for Middle Managers

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Lisa Rectenwald, Project Manager, DDI

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All the trouble and none of the glory—this phrase is used often to describe middle managers. A recent McKinsey & Company study reflected on how leaders of leaders are not only undervalued and underutilized, but underdeveloped, too. They’ve already had basic leadership training, but don’t yet have access to executive development. How can you meet their unique development needs with valuable, authentic, and relevant experiences? Join us to reimagine your midlevel leadership development strategy.

During this event, you will:

  • Explore the real value of middle managers: directors, functional heads, VPs, and other leaders of leaders.
  • Apply research on the unique needs of this group, including learning preferences and the most crucial areas for development.
  • Learn to integrate new approaches and key topics into your organization’s midlevel leadership development program. 

Primary Capability Covered: Career & Leadership Development

Participation in this event qualifies for one (1) professional development point for initial certification or recertification of the APTD and/or CPTD credential.


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Lisa Rectenwald
Lisa Rectenwald

Project Manager, DDI

Lisa Rectenwald is a product manager with DDI. Anchored on research and DDI’s design principles, Lisa builds and manages a portfolio of high-impact leadership development content for middle managers. She is passionate about creating engaging and personalized learning experiences, most recently integrating personality insights with development courses for midlevel leaders. Lisa is currently working with DDI’s R&D team to design and test innovative solutions to ensure middle managers get the development and recognition they deserve.


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