Agriculture News

June 10, 2019

Purdue workshop to develop talent management skills

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will present the 2019 Managing Talent to Win workshop June 25–27 on the West Lafayette campus.

This workshop offers participants insight on identifying capabilities and developing employee talent. Participants will learn how to further improve their organization through a series of talent management topics ranging from acquisition to succession planning.

“As a manager, it is critical to be able to see the gaps in your organization and how to utilize talent to successfully fill them,” said Allan Gray, executive director and professor of agricultural economics. “This is often times easier said than done, but by improving people resources, an organization can more effectively compete. Managing Talent to Win is designed to assist managers in discovering the needs of an organization and continuously improving its people’s capabilities to achieve results.”

In addition to Gray, Michael Gunderson, center director and agricultural economics professor, will present alongside Keith Halperin, senior client partner with Korn Ferry. Halperin has extensive experience designing and executing programs to enhance leadership skills of managers and executives worldwide.

Program content includes aligning talent with strategic capabilities, situational leadership, performance management and execution, managing critical conversations and best practices for developing talent. Participants will develop an individualized plan to improve talent management at the team level, learn to identify and prepare the right people for critical positions, and develop strategies to effectively leverage employee talent.

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

The program rate is $2,795. Learn more and register at

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Source: Michael Gunderson, 765-496-2010,

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