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Keynote Presentation- Conference in the Americas 2014


Saturday, February 22, 2014 Keynote Presentation

Generating Organizational Breakthroughs – Enhancing the Synergies Between HRD Research and Practice with Lisa Haneberg


Our organizations need our best work now more than ever. What does "best work” mean? It means that we are learning and applying our best science and practices to create organizations that engage and excite its employees and deliver outstanding performance. To do this, the partnership between HRD practitioners and scholars must be strong and our respective processes should recognize our common long-term goal - to advance practice. We know this does not always happen. There is a lot of important research that does not get discovered, considered, or used to inform practice. And as a practitioner, I can tell you that we often don’t take the time or effort to use an evidenced-based approach. Either way it is a tragedy because we need these insights. Amazing things can happen when we do our best work together. During this presentation, I will share my own personal journey when I've taken value from research and applied the information to specific situations, to solve practical problems. Scholars can increase their influence on practice, and practitioners can rely more on research in their work, but only if there's shared understandings across the two communities.


About Lisa Haneberg: Lisa Haneberg is an organization development, leadership and management author, trainer, explorer, practitioner, and consultant. She has over 25 years of experience providing executive and management development and training and coaching solutions for large and small organizations (including health care, manufacturing, services, nonprofit, and government organizations). She has particular expertise in the areas of senior team development, performance management, executive coaching, talent management, succession planning, organizational agility and alignment, and middle management effectiveness. Lisa has authored 13 books about organization development, leadership, management, and personal effectiveness.

In addition, her work has been highlighted in publications such as Leader to Leader, Washington CEO, Capital, and Leadership Excellence. Lisa is a nationally recognized thought leader and speaker. In 2011, she won the HCI M-Prize for management innovation (a competition judged by management legend Gary Hamel). Lisa has worked with a variety of organizations on internal and external consulting projects including Memorial Hermann Health System, MedCentral, Black & Decker, Mead Paper, Intel,, Corbis, Promedica, MTD Products, Perfetti vanMelle, TUI Travel International, Aultman Health Care, OPW Fueling Components, Royal Thai Government, the FAA, the EPA, Microsoft, Premera Blue Cross Oregon, and the City of Seattle. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland, holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Goddard College, and partially completed the PhD Program and Walden University (Leadership and Organizational Sciences).




To learn more about Lisa’s work, visit:

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