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Developing the Midlevel Leader: Horizontal and Vertical Leadership Development

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Emory University, 1599 Clifton Road


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As the landscape of business evolves, organizations need leaders with the insight and ability to lead through the challenges of the complex and ever-changing business environment. The purpose of this session is to share and discuss the methods used to create the learning conditions for midlevel managers to develop the skillset and mindset for transition from operational management to strategic leadership.

Learning Objectives:

Based on the content of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the concept of horizontal (skillset) and vertical (mindset) leadership development
  • Identify various learning tools, techniques, and approaches for vertical leadership development
  • Apply the knowledge gained and methods described to their areas of practice or research

Intended Audience: 

This session is intended for professionals who are seeking to develop post graduate-level of knowledge of horizontal and vertical leadership development, especially regarding high potential midlevel leaders preparing for their next level, more strategic role.

Presenter Biography:

Wanda J. Hayes, Ph.D.

Wanda Hayes, Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development, joined Emory University in 2007. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a learning strategy that includes executive, management, and employee development, e-learning, executive coaching and organizational development. Under Wanda’s leadership, Emory University has been recognized as a “LearningElite Organization” by Chief Learning Officer Magazine.

Prior to Emory, Wanda served as Manager of Leadership Development at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she created management development programs and assisted in the development, implementation, delivery, and measurement of a program for healthcare executives.

Prior to Children’s, Wanda was Manager of Leadership Assessment and Development at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta. There, she conducted and oversaw the assessments of high potential leaders within the company and for potential New Hires at the executive level. She also provided individual feedback, coaching, and development planning.

Prior to BellSouth, Wanda served as the Director of Academic Assessment & Institutional Research at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) and as adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology and the School of Business. 

Wanda began her career as an independent consultant providing services to industry, local government agencies, and institutions of higher education. 

Wanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia, and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Georgia.

Debbie Longo, M.Ed.:

She is currently Director of Research Administration Learning and Development at Emory University. She holds a BSW from Georgia State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. (in candidacy), at the University of Georgia in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development.  Her research involves identifying the learning supports that best integrate vertical leadership development for midlevel leaders.  Prior to joining Emory University, Debbie held previous positions in the field of learning and development at iHealth and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

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