May 8: Leadership Panel: Facing the Opportunities & Challenges as an OD Practitioner

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Please join the conversation with local leaders and experts in the field of Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Organization Effectiveness who will share learnings from work going on inside their companies, their point of view on what businesses are expecting from internal and external organization development practitioners, and discuss opportunities for OD to focus and drive value. OD practitioners are often in the thick of formidable challenges within their organizations.  It takes incredible talent, empathy, and courage to spend day after day in the trenches.  In the past, organizational work was not always considered in relation to strategic business decisions.  That is changing, and OD Leaders are driving those changes.

We are bringing together a panel of trusted HR experts to discuss the complex challenges and tougher questions facing organizations today.  Panelists will include:

  • Dawne Carlson, Sr Director Organization Effectiveness, Target

  • Lori Wall, Business HR Leaders, Cargill

  • Tracy Platt, Senior Director of Human Resources, Medtronic

  • Anne Gotte, Director Talent and Organization Effectiveness, General Mills

About our Presenters:

Dawne CarlsonDawne Carlson is Senior Director, Organizational Effectiveness for Target, responsible for the Enterprise Organizational Effectiveness teams including Human Resources OE, Target Technology Services OE, Canada OE, OE Operations, Process Improvement and 6Sigma Operations. Dawne has been with Target for 27 years, and served in roles in Stores HR and Merchandising.  She joined the OE senior leadership team in 2007 as the Director of Field OE and moved to her role leading Enterprise OE in 2012.

Lori WallLori Wall is the Business Human Resources Leader for the Corn Milling business unit.  She is accountable for leading the HR function within Corn Milling and executing the HR Business Plan, including translating business strategies to HR strategies.  Primary responsibilities include providing talent management strategy, workforce planning, employee and labor relations, compensation, building and deploying change leadership expertise to enable business level transformation, coaching and development, organizational design and effectiveness and building/sustaining culture that facilitates achievement of strategic business objectives.    Lori joined Cargill in 2011 as Corn Milling’s Change, Communication and Education Lead for the Tartan deployment and later became the Change and Communication Leader within the business unit.  Prior to joining Cargill she had over 20 years of Business and Human Resources experience including the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Taylor Corporation and previously held the position of Director of Shared Services.  Before joining Taylor Corporation she held positions at Chubb Insurance Group in the underwriting practice.  Lori has her MBA degree in Economics and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tracy Lynn PlattTracy Lynn Platt, Senior Director of Human Resources-CVG Strategic Initiatives.  Tracy has been with Medtronic since 2009 and has served in numerous global roles across the organization with primary focus in organizational development/effectiveness, change management, organizational design, executive development and HR strategic business partnering.  Current primary focus areas include leadership in large scale change & strategy execution programs, to include M&A Integration, Business Turnarounds and Business Model startup’s within Medtronic’s Cardiac and Vascular Division. Tracy also serves as an advisor to Medtronic’s Organization Development network and local external Applied Psychologists at Work associations.  Prior to this, Tracy initiated and led the Change Management Center of Excellence for Medtronic.  Additionally, Tracy served as the program leader for Medtronic’s Executive Development flagship Global Leader program focused on Russia.  Tracy has over 15 years of experience in a range of organizational / change leadership roles within Medtronic and within other Fortune 100 companies, to include GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health and additionally in the retail industry with Lands’ End.   Tracy lives with her husband and two daughters (ages 10 & 13) in Minneapolis, MN USA. General interests include traveling, reading and spending time with family & friends.

Anne GotteAnne Gotte is a Director of Talent and Organization Effectiveness at General Mills.  In her twelve years with the company, Anne has partnered with organizations across multiple businesses and functions, providing HR business partner and talent management leadership to clients across the enterprise.  Her experiences have included organizational design and change management, the creation of leadership and early career development curriculums, succession planning, performance management system enhancements and functional career path development.  In her current role, Anne provides global leadership in setting effective strategies and practices regarding the application of assessments for selection and employee development.