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April Professional Development Luncheon - Taking the Mystery Out of Training Needs Assessments: A Practical and Proven Approach

  • 26 Apr 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Lodge Des Peres. 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres, MO 63131


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Taking the Mystery Out of Training Needs Assessments: A Practical and Proven Approach

Presenter: Terrence Donahue, Corporate Director of Learning at Emerson

This session will explore how a Fortune 500 manufacturing company with 90,000 employees in 175 locations created a process to determine the true training needs of its employees. It conducts three types of needs assessment: when there is a request for training; when it is determining the future needs of the company based on changing business, technology, acquisitions, and skills upgrades; and when it evaluates its existing comprehensive learning curriculum to determine if the need to run these programs still exists. In this session, the speaker will share the actual processes and tools the company created and refined to ensure that all needs assessments are effective and efficient.   

Application on the Job:

  1. Conduct an effective training needs assessment whenever a request for training is presented.
  2. Conduct a proactive training needs assessment to determine the future training needs of your organization.
  3. Conduct an evaluative training needs assessment of your existing curriculum in your current learning and development portfolio to determine if the need for your programs still exist.      

Presenter Bio

In his role as Corporate Director of Learning, Terrence Donahue shapes and supports the performance of current and emerging leaders at Emerson Electric, a FORTUNE 128 company with 90,000 employees at 175 locations around the world.  He supports the leadership development of 67 Business Units under five Business Platforms. He leads a team of talented, passionate, and high-performing Learning & Development professionals focused on the instructional components of Leadership Development while also supporting the broader talent management initiatives. He also supports four regional learning centers focused on leadership development.

Terrence has presented at numerous ATD International Conferences, ATD regional chapters. He also contributed to five recent  books in Learning & Development and wrote Chapter One of “The Art of Modern Sales Management: Driving Performance in a Connected World” (ASTD Press 2014). Over the last 19 years he has personally trained and equipped over 32,000 people on five continents.    

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