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Corporate Advantage - Spring 2014

Issue: 16  Spring 2014


IPFW Corporate Training recently wrapped up a busy few months culminating in the successful presentation of our third annual Applied Leadership Series on March 21.  As you will see from the “Alumni Insight” article below, 22 individuals completed the program, including nine alumni of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

For those of us who had the opportunity to attend this three-day series, it was invigorating to see the enthusiasm of the presenters and the attendees, as well as witnessing the “light bulb moments” when individuals suddenly realized how they could apply what they were learning back at their own business or organization.

Based on feedback received, the Applied Leadership Series is definitely worth continuing and we are already planning for the fourth annual event to take place in March 2015.  I want to thank all of you who were a part of this program for the hard work you put into it, whether you were a presenter or an attendee.

Two of the presenters from the Applied Leadership Series graciously agreed to submit an article for this newsletter related to their recent presentation.  Be sure to read the article below by Julie North and Bobbi Kurtz from Vera Bradley on “Creating Your Talent Pipeline.”  You’ll also want to pay attention to the article about the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies, of which Corporate Training is a part, to discover how it strives to provide lifelong learning opportunities through its many valuable programs.

As always, we hope you find all the information included in this newsletter to be helpful as you explore new ways to use Corporate Training to your advantage.  We welcome suggestions for future subject matter; please click here to submit them for consideration.

--Gary Schott, Director of Entrepreneurship & Corporate Training, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies - 260-399-1675 or schottg@ipfw.edu

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Creating Your Talent Pipeline

'You Never Stop Learning' Philosophy is Motivating Force for DCS Programs

IPFW Alumni Insights

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Creating Your Talent Pipeline
By Julie North, Vice President of Humans Resources, and Bobbi Kurtz, Training and Development Manager, Vera Bradley

Editor’s Note:  Julie North and Bobbi Kurtz were presenters at the recent Applied Leadership Series on “Developing Your Talent Pipeline.”
In today’s business climate, human capital is one of a company’s most valuable assets.  To obtain a competitive advantage, companies must attract, retain, and engage talented employees.  This task is becoming increasingly more difficult with leaner organizational structures and more dynamic labor markets.  Companies are faced with the need for quality leadership and the ability to build strong talent pipelines.

What does it mean to build a strong talent pipeline?  We think there are several human resource (HR) initiatives that are relevant to building a successful talent pipeline.

Read the entire article

'You Never Stop Learning' Philosophy is Motivating Force for DCS Programs
By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

IPFW Career Services recently highlighted the Division of Continuing Studies in Connections, its monthly online newsletter.  As a result of gathering information for the article, we came to the realization that many people are not aware that the IPFW Entrepreneurship and Corporate Training department (which publishes this newsletter) is part of the Division of Continuing Studies, nor what the DCS is all about.  Therefore, we thought now would be a good time to raise awareness of the division’s multiple programs available to those companies and individuals who seek to “Never Stop Learning.”

Please read the Career Services article to discover how the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies and its Corporate Training programs can be leveraged to help you and your business succeed.

IPFW Alumni Insights
This series features alumni of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as they share their insight on a variety of topics related to business and organizational growth. We thank IPFW Alumni Relations for helping us identify community leaders for this column.

Nine IPFW Alumni Among 22 Managers Who Completed 2014 Applied Leadership Series
By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

IPFW alumni were well represented at the recent Applied Leadership Series of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).  Nine of the attendees completing the three-day series March 19-21 were graduates of IPFW.  In all, 22 business managers representing 12 companies and organizations from northeast Indiana attended the program, which provided an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through discussions and interactive exercises facilitated by regional business experts.

“Each presenter left me with an urge to go back to work and implement what they were talking about,” said IPFW alumnus Ben Michael, IT manager at Fort Wayne Metals (pictured with his Fort Wayne Metals colleagues Brian Fry and Scott Shoppell, also alumni of IPFW).  “There was a lot of valuable information to take from this series that can be applied at work,” he added.

Another IPFW alumnus said he also was inspired by the Applied Leadership Series.  Pat Stone, Integrated Product Team Lead at BAE Systems, said “The series helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses and provided focus on which areas to work on to improve my leadership skills.  It also provided inspiration to me as a team leader and stressed the need to share a common vision.”

Congratulations to those who completed the 2014 Applied Leadership Series.  All of the attendees are listed in a news release about the series.

Read the IPFW news release  

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In need of training to elevate your company to the next level of excellence or teach your employees specific skills needed for future growth expectations?  IPFW’s Corporate Training specializes in providing your company with a competitive advantage through training specifically tailored to your needs.  Unlike other “cookie-cutter” or “one-for-all” training programs that attempt to fit your needs into their existing courses, we conduct a thorough needs analysis and custom-design a program specifically for you.  We provide training at your site or ours, carefully choose the right instructor from our vast network of community experts, and customize the training manual and hands-on instruction for your unique needs.  What’s more, we can schedule the training on your timeline, when it’s least likely to impact operational and production goals.

Learn more about IPFW’s Corporate Training Center and the many training opportunities, or contact Gary Schott at 260-399-1675 or via e-mail at schottg@ipfw.edu

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