Taking Strategy and Making it a Reality
Facilitated by Jen Wichern, Elizabeth Brumels,
Rebekkah Erks-Byrne, Tom Nimps - Nebraska Blue
Taking an over-arching enterprise or department strategy and turning it into something tangible, measurable, and impactful can be challenging, and even the best organizations struggle with ensuring this happens. Utilizing a set strategic framework increases the likelihood of success. We will share a framework that focuses on the why, what, how and outcomes of the strategy, and includes ways to keep people top of mind, even if they aren’t the primary focus of the strategy. Truly understanding the outcomes your leaders are striving for and focusing on key levers that you can impact as an organization development practitioner helps build trust and value for both leaders and employees.
Members will be able to identify how they can impact overall enterprise or department strategy and align it to talent. They will also walk away with a simple to use framework to help leaders identify, plan, implement, and measure strategic initiatives.
Liz Brumels is the Manager of Organization Development at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. In her role she enjoys the opportunity to work with talent across the organization and helping others match their passions to their work. During her experience in Talent Development, Liz has collaborated on performance management, talent assessment, succession planning, and implementing strategic learning and development solutions. Liz earned her master’s degree in Human Capital Management from Bellevue University and a BA in Organizational Communication from Creighton University. She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD). She enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons, and ornery dog.
Rebekka Erks Byrne is an Organization Development Specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Passionate about unleashing the potential in others, Bekka focuses on a variety of different development initiatives including leadership onboarding, leadership development programs and coaching, and career coaching. In addition to her role, she serves as the networking co-chair on the BCBSNE Young Professionals board of directors. Bekka holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she also teaches Personnel Psychology.
Tom Nimps is the Director of Organization Development at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). With over 15 years of experience in Human Resource and Organization Development, Tom has experience in employee engagement, team building, leadership development, performance coaching and aligning talent to strategy. He is passionate about ensuring people find balance in aligning their goals to both their personal and professional lives. In addition to his role, he has served on the Board of ODN and ICAN and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he teaches Behavioral Statistics and Organizational Psychology. Tom holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Jen Wichern is an Organization Development Specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Energized by helping others discover and do what they love, Jen’s experience lends her to work on diverse projects including talent management, leadership development, career coaching, and training and development. Jen is a past president of the Association for Talent Development Nebraska Chapter (ATD Nebraska). She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from College of Saint Mary and holds certifications in Emergenetics, Prosci Change Management, and Advance Consulting Skills.
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