Managing Talent to Win

Managing Talent to Win

Program Overview

When a collection of people work together to create value for both customers and the organization, all factors in the equation are set up for success. By building a talent mindset, a company is able to compete more effectively in the marketplace; that’s why it’s essential for managers to create simple and practical talent development processes. During this three-day program, Keith Halperin, Allan Gray, and Scott Downey will guide you in identifying the capabilities your organization needs and how you — the leader — can assist. You’ll learn to break down barriers and create an environment with simple and practical talent development processes in order to generate an effective talent-focused organization.

Managing Talent to Win is based on Purdue’s six-part talent management model:

talent management themes

This program is especially beneficial if you are a middle-level manager new to your managerial role, an upper-level manager looking to take your people management capabilities to the next level, or you have similar managerial responsibilities to these roles. While attending as a team is not required, you can maximize your experience by bringing others from your organization! New managerial practices can be more effective when approached together.

For questions about this program or more information on who should attend, please contact Betty Jones-Bliss at or (217) 549-2883.

Key Benefits

At this workshop, you will:

  • Develop an individualized plan to improve talent management at the team level;
  • Learn to identify and prepare the right people for critical positions;
  • Discover how to differentiate your organization from the competition;
  • Learn to lead employees to high performance and high engagement;
  • Gain relationship building capabilities and expand your leadership capabilities.

Program Content

Aligning Talent with Strategic Capabilities

Surveys indicate that the industry is looking for people with strong interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking skills, cultural and gender awareness and a knowledge of business, among other characteristics and capabilities. If every company’s number one strength is its people, this cannot possibly be a strategic advantage as the core of strategy is differentiation. This session will evaluate what capabilities your strategy requires and determine the talent necessary to execute that strategy at the highest level.

Leaders’ Role in Developing and Engaging

There’s no single right leadership style. The best leaders are agile and versatile in working with their employees, focusing on employees’ ongoing development and engagement in their increasingly complex work. A good leader shifts from boss and evaluator to coach, partner and cheerleader. In this session, you’ll learn how best to develop employees, build their commitment and decide what type of leader to be when.

Performance Management and Execution

Inherently important parts of retaining talent are assessing, coaching and rewarding performance. This places performance management as a cornerstone to financial success. Using the concepts from One Page Talent Management and The Four Disciplines of Execution, this session will examine the science of performance management and lay out a simple tool you can use to maximize success.

Best Practices for Developing Talent

Throughout this workshop, you will have opportunities to summarize your thoughts and gain actionable insights to implement when you return to the work environment. Developing people is only one role managers play. An organized approach includes expressing care, challenging growth, providing support and resources, sharing power, expanding possibilities and working together.

Program Agenda

*Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) during this conference.
*A printable pdf of the agenda is available for download here.

Tuesday, November 9

7:30 a.m. EST
Program Registration
Krannert Room 758

8:00 a.m.
Program Overview and Introductions
Betty Jones-Bliss

Aligning Strategy and Talent

Determining Talent Capabilities
Dr. Allan Gray

12:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m.
Determining Talent Capabilities (cont.)
Dr. Allan Gray

3:30 p.m.
Scanning for, Identifying, and Hiring the Right Talent
Industry Guest Panel

5:30 p.m.
Student Interviews and Networking Reception Bruno’s Pizza

Wednesday, November 10

7:30 a.m.
Classroom Opens

8:00 a.m.
Employee Engagement
Dr. Allan Gray

10:00 a.m.
Foundations of Leadership

Situational Leadership
Dr. Keith Halperin

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Performance Management: Execution and Accountability
Dr. Scott Downey

5:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Class Dinner
Nine Irish Brothers

Thursday, November 11

7:30 a.m.
Classroom Opens

8:00 a.m.
Best Practices for Developing, Leading, and Coaching Talent (Part 1)
Dr. Keith Halperin

12:00 p.m.

12:45 p.m.
Best Practices for Developing, Leading, and Coaching Talent (Part 2)
Dr. Keith Halperin

Closing Exercise

3:00 p.m.

*Agenda subject to change

Travel and Information

Program Location

Krannert Building, Room 758
403 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette for a discounted rate, checking in on Monday, November 8 and checking out on Thursday, November 11. If you have not done so already, please contact the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette to make your reservation. Be sure to mention you are with the Managing Talent to Win (MTW) 2021 program to receive the $115/night room rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. ET and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Hilton Garden Inn
356 East State Street, West Lafayette, IN
(765) 743-2100
Distance from campus: 1.9 miles
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Please plan to eat breakfast before attending the program. Lunch will be provided for you on Nov. 9, 10 and 11, and coffee, soft drinks and refreshments will be available to you throughout each program day.

What to Wear

Attire for the program is business casual. November in Indiana is typically a low of 31 degrees with a high of 45 degrees. Layers are recommended for the classroom.


Materials will be provided for you throughout the program. All of the presentations will also be emailed to you following the program.

Seminar Payment/Cancellation

Payment for the program is due upon registration. Please refer to our cancellation policy for full details and information.

For more information, contact:

Shawna Miller
Program Manager
(765) 494-2591

Program Cancellation Policy

If a participant is unable to attend a Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business program, the participant may choose to: 1) transfer their registration fee to another participant within the same company, or 2) choose to receive a credit for the same program or another program that takes place within the 12 months following the originally booked event. However, a request to use a credit must be received no less than 30 days prior to the program start date, otherwise, the credit will not be valid. No refunds will be issued regardless of cancellation date.

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the program non-viable. If a program is cancelled, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of a program, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same program on the new future date. The Center for Food and Agricultural Business will not be responsible for reimbursement of any participant expenses related to the cancellation or postponement of an event.