Agriculture News

February 13, 2018

Purdue professional development program to enhance talent-management skills

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will present the Managing Talent to Win workshop April 3-5 in West Lafayette.

This workshop helps participants further improve their organizations through a series of talent management topics ranging from acquisition to succession planning. Participants will learn how to identify and prepare the right people for critical positions, leverage strategic employee talent, build relationships and enhance leadership and managerial capabilities.

“Given that an organization is a collection of people working together to create value, the only real way for organizations to improve and compete more effectively is for them to continue improving their people resources,” said Allan Gray, center director and professor of agricultural economics. “Managing Talent to Win gives participants insights to identify what capabilities their organizations need most and how, as managers, they can help employees get, manage and continuously improve these capabilities.”

In addition to Gray, program presenters are Michael Gunderson, center associate director and associate professor, and Keith Halperin, senior client partner with Korn Ferry Hay Group. Halperin specializes in designing and conducting programs to enhance the leadership skills of managers and executive.

Program topics include aligning talent with strategic capabilities, situational leadership, performance management and execution, managing critical conversations and best practices for developing talent. Participants will examine recruiting and retaining the right kind of talent for their organizations, encouraging employee development, the science of performance management, assessing relationships and holding effective conversations.

This program is especially valuable for middle and upper-level managers new to their managerial roles, in addition to middle and upper-level managers who are looking to advance their management capabilities. Past participants have said that they have found it easier to implement the program takeaways in the workplace when they attended with other team members. Group or individual registrations are welcome.

The program early bird rate is $2,595 per person through February 28. After that, the program is $2,795 per person. Contact Betty Jones-Bliss at for team pricing. Learn more and register at

Writer: Rebecca Frazier, 

Media contact: Jennifer Stewart-Burton, 765-496-6032, 

Source: Allan Gray, 765-494-4323,

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