Workforce Optimization: Designing Your Talent Strategy for Exceptional Growth

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 1:00pm CT

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Join Leighanne Levensaler, Workday’s vice president of HCM product strategy, and Mary Sullivan, vice president of HR at Four Seasons, as they discuss workforce optimization strategies and in a high growth environment how Four Seasons is maintaining brand consistency through their talent around the globe

This webinar is Part III of the series “Enabling a High Performance Organization: Visibility, Alignment and Optimization.”

Talent management is everyone’s business. When assessing your organization’s ability to support business growth and shifting business models, you need to ask the tough questions:

  • Is the company’s talent investment in the right place relative to capital expenditures?
  • Is your top talent working on your crucial initiatives and being compensated accordingly?
  • Are you poised to shift talent for evolving strategies and initiatives and future growth strategies?
  • Are you cultivating your workforce’s skills for the future?
  • Are you recruiting new talent and skills to address your organization’s strategy?
  • Do you continually assess your top echelon of talent, adjusting the dial for market and business model shifts?

It is time to give managers the people-management tools they need to support aggressive business growth targets. Hear how your organization can empower business leaders to continually evaluate and refine the workforce composition, retention strategies, pay-for-performance programs, and global talent mobility.


Leighanne Levensaler
Vice President of HCM Product Strategy

Leighanne Levensaler, vice president of HCM product strategy at Workday is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Workday’s human capital management products and also participates in guiding the company’s product strategy. Prior to joining Workday, she served as a principal analyst and director of talent management research at Bersin & Associates. She has more than a decade of experience working with Fortune 1000 companies to develop learning and performance strategies and design and implement integrated talent development solutions.
Prior to joining Bersin & Associates, she led the learning consulting practice at SystemLink Enterprise Solutions. Levensaler has also held positions at SmartForce, Edutrek International/AUI and Deloitte Consulting.
Levensaler holds an MBA from The University of Georgia, a master's degree in human resource development from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University. She is a frequent presenter at leading industry events and a regular contributor to a number of HR and talent management publications.

Mary Sullivan
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Mary Sullivan, vice president of corporate human resources for Four Seasons Hotels and Resourts, oversees all HR responsibilities for the corporate group, encompassing regional offices in Toronto, Geneva, Singapore and 16 sales offices throughout the world. In addition, she has general oversight of Canadian hotels and global responsibility for compensation and benefits and HRIT.
Sullivan has worked with Four Seasons for four years. Previously, she worked as senior vice president, human resources at IMAX Corp., a large-screen cinema operator. Throughout her career in HR, she worked in a variety of roles at Central Park Lodges (now Revera Inc.) and Canadian Tire.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Sullivan obtained a bachelor’s degree in administrative and commercial studies, prior to completing her MBA at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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