How to Accelerate the Development of High Potential Employees

It’s a question that many HR and talent management leaders find themselves asking: How can I accelerate the development of my high potential employees?

Most find that this is tough to answer — unless you have been through it before.

And, that’s where Kevin Wilde, the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, comes in. 

Developing high potential employees

As an executive at one of the world’s largest food companies that is known for “breakthroughs in food technology” and a “rich history of innovation (that) goes beyond the grocery aisle,” he’s intimately familiar  with what it takes to build a high performance workforce. As the Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, his focus is on the quality and quantity of “ready now” leaders — and he’s got a great message to tell. 

HPW2015And, that’s why Kevin Wilde will be speaking at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta.

His general session on Day 1 of the conference will be about How to Accelerate the Development of High Potential Employees, and he will provide a perspective that only someone who has toiled in the trenches at a company like General Mills (and at GE before that) can. 

Kevin will discuss how many organizations face a talent pipeline deficient to meet growth strategies, so the accelerated development of high potential employees becomes central to success. In his view, as talent management professionals, it becomes critical to look beyond our set of established practices and tools and refocus on the individual high potentials in our organizations. He will examine the enablers and challenges to nurturing high potential individuals and the critical role they play in the workforce.

We tried to get Kevin to speak at the inaugural High Performance Workforce Summit in May of 2014, but he’s an incredibly busy guy who is in high demand. We weren’t able to get him on the agenda the first time around, but that only made us more intent to get him locked up to speak this year. Yes, he will be part of our 2015 conference agenda.

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A great lineup – and save $300, too

But of course, Kevin Wilde is not the only great speaker you’ll hear at the High Performance Workforce Summit. The conference agenda is packed with sharp, highly engaging talent management practitioners, from HR legend Dave Ulrich, to Jeri Buchholz, NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer and Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, to Amber Grewal, Head of Talent Acquisition at GE Global Software.

But if you want to go AND save $300, you need to sign up today, because the early bird registration will soon run out.

You really need to join your peers in Atlanta on May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel for what will surely be the single event you need to be at if you are building — or maintaining and growing – your own high performance workforce.

The 2014 High Performance Workforce Summit was one of the highest rated events that ERE Media has ever put on. Attendees told us, over and over, how they heard from speakers at this conference that they never hear at other events.

You need to come to Atlanta on May 6-7 and see for yourself what they are talking about. That’s why you should sign-up for TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit today.

John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


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