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Talent Development Professionals Need to be Organizational & Industry Champions

  • 19 May 2015
  • 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Southwest Airlines, 2432 Wyman Street, Dallas, TX 75235
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Talent Development Professionals Need to be Organizational & Industry Champions

At this chapter meeting, we’ll hear from not one, but two excellent presenters.

It has been said that Southwest is not just a company of planes, they are a company of people. They are NUTS about their employees! Southwest Airlines University’s, Angie Sanders, will give us an introduction to the true meaning of the Southwest culture.

Talent development professionals can’t just be great leaders in defining our industry’s culture; we must be Champions – enlightened change-makers who are personally committed to mutual values, rather than self-centered ones, and relentlessly driven by possibilities.

Mike Thompson, author of The Organizational Champion, will lead an interactive presentation engaging attendees in self-discovery and personal reflection on how to become Champions for the industry that we love--talent development.

Join us for an engaging chapter meeting where we’ll hear more about how Southwest has created a culture that engages employees in a way that has resulted over 40 years of profitability, less than 5% employee turnover, and being voted one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies for 20 years in a row.

And then we’ll gain the tools needed to put great culture into practice by being Champions of talent development.

May 19, 2015

5:15 – 8:00pm

Southwest Airlines

2432 Wyman Street

Dallas, TX 75235

Meeting Schedule

5:15 - 6:00 Registration & Networking

6:00 - 7:30 Program with Q&A

7:30 - 8:00 Tour 


About the presenters:

Angie Sanders
serves as the Senior Manager, leadership and Employee Training at Southwest Airlines University.  She and her Team focus on delivering personal and professional development classes for the 48,000 Employees in the Southwest family.  Her Team is organized around Leadership and Employee training, Technology training, Network Operations training and Corporate Programs.


Angie has been in Talent Development for more than15 years, joining Southwest Airlines in 2011.  During her journey to Southwest, she spent most of her years in Training & Development, leading training Teams in various capacities at several financial institutions.  She earned her CPLP certification in 2009.  In her spare time Angie enjoys cross-fit, organizing, cooking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Mike Thompson is the founder and CEO of SVI, a leading training and talent development company whose clients include many of the world’s most admired companies. He serves as a thought leader in leadership studies, diversity and inclusion, curriculum design, talent-based systems and mobile learning technologies, and talent development processes.

Mike also is the author of two leading business books, The Organizational Champion (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and The Anywhere Leader (Jossey-Bass, 2011).

Mike is a military veteran who served in the Air Force and he holds a master’s degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University.

Prior to founding SVI, Thompson was the founder and president of ThompsonMurray, now Saatchi and SaatchiX, a leader among advertising agencies. He is a regular contributor to industry trade publications.

Mike lives in Dallas with his wife, Mel, and their two kids, Alex and Jax.

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