Live Webinar – August 30th, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Activity Type: Education – Course or Training  1 Hour  1 PDU free
Provider: Training Magazine Network

Those leading a function have arguably the greatest impact on overall business performance, yet organizations continue to under-invest in developing this level of their talent pipeline.

Why is this a challenge?

With significant spans of responsibility, function leaders—such as those leading an organization unit, geographic region, product group or customer segment—offer immense competitive value.

Although company executives possess power and influence, functional executives provide the most obvious impact on company performance.

While strategic managers determine the company’s mission and direction, functional managers control expenses, manage resources, make decisions about specific projects, and drive the success or failure of many strategic priorities.

Unfortunately, most function leaders have not had any targeted leadership development for this type of role, and thus, are limited in truly elevating their performance.

Many function leaders have confided: “I was not really sure what this job should look like and how I should be spending my time. I needed to understand how I should be operating at all levels.”

In This Session Learn:

  • Why the value and influence of function leaders has never been stronger
  • The five roles most critical to function leader success
  • The development experiences that accelerate function leader performance
  • A smart business case for securing a greater development investment in those leading a function


Jim Laughlin (LinkedIn profile) serves as Vice President of Consulting, Northeast Region for MDA Leadership Consulting. For more than 20 years, Jim has designed and implemented learning and leadership development systems for companies worldwide. Jim is a sought-after executive coach with expertise in organizational communications, change and transitions.

Mike Laddin (LinkedIn profile) Senior Vice President of Product Management EBSCO Information Services, leads EBSCO’s efforts in new product development, product management and user experience for colleges and universities, public libraries and primary/secondary schools around the world. Mike has worked in the information services industry for over 25 years as a consultant, management executive and entrepreneur.

Karla Wiles (LinkedIn profile) Vice President of Marketing Communications for EBSCO Industries, extensive advertising agency and marketing background taught her the importance of listening to customers and building authentic brands that create connections to grow sales. Karla is passionate about applying her experience to create employment branding, recruit top employees, drive cultural change, and encourage employee engagement.

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