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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Career Coaching: Using Career Growth to Motivate and Retain

Event Details

Start Date:  5/4/2016 7:45 AM EST
End Date:  5/4/2016 10:00 AM EST
   The Gannett/Tegna Building
   7950 Jones Branch Drive
   McLean, VA United States  22107
Contact: Amy B. Steinbicker
   Phone: 703-433-9576

7:45  - 8:15 AM - Speed Networking
Groups will rotate every 10 minutes through three stations.  HR Alliance DC board members will facilitate high level discussions on the following topics: employee engagement, talent acquisition and retention.  We hope you can join us!

The past few years have yielded lots of press and publicity about motivating employees at work. One well-known source, Dan Pink’s book DRIVE tells us that mastery, autonomy and purpose are the key drivers of employee motivation. The result is that as more and more employees seek opportunities for growth and development while corporate dollars available for formal training programs shrink. The solution: HR leaders must promote goal-driven development opportunities that serve a business-based plan and not just drain budget dollars. Come to this lively and interactive presentation to learn how to help your managers base employee development on well-constructed career plans.

Alice Waagen, PhD, has been teaching business leaders management skills for the past 19 years.  During this time, she has amassed a large body of information on what works and what is ineffective in managing others.  Alice has tapped her experience of successful management practices to create a set of self-guided worksheets and templates that HR professionals can use to coach managers and employees in holding career discussions. Alice will share these management tools with the presentation participants, providing them with proven methods for aligning development with business goals.  She will also share stories from the trenches of successful career guidance initiatives and ones that did not go exactly as planned.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the organizational barriers that get in the way of employee development and ways to mitigate these barriers
  • Describe the four steps used in creating a strategic career plan
  • Think beyond traditional classroom training as ways to grow skills and expertise
  • Assist managers in planning and conducting a positive career growth meeting


Alice Waagen, PhD is president of Workforce Learning LLC, a management consulting company that provides business leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to build organizations that are productive and healthy. Dr. Waagen is passionate about helping her corporate clients and the missions that they serve.  She strives to make every engagement produce tangible value by helping business executives discover better, faster and more efficient ways to lead their workforces to business success.

Prior to founding Workforce Learning, Alice served in leadership positions for Amtrak in Washington DC and for Freddie Mac in McLean VA.  In both of these organizations, Alice created and implemented workplace development programs that served her internal clients from front-line supervision to the executive suite.

Dr. Waagen’s clients are Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and government agencies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialty does not lie in a particular industry, but in her expertise in knowing what behaviors and actions yield success for business leaders, managers and teams. Dr. Waagen’s common sense approach to solving managerial and leadership challenges can be found in her weekly column in the American Cities Business Journal ( )

Alice earned a PhD in education from the Pennsylvania State University.  She is certified in the DiSC Interpersonal Behavior Assessment and in MHS EQi Inventory. Giving back to the community is also important to Alice.  She serves on the Advisory Board for Marymount University and also is a videoconference instructor for the Smithsonian American Art Museum Artful Connections Program.

Professional Development:

This program has been preapproved by HRCI for 1.50 General credits.  The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program.  It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This program is has been submitted to SHRM and is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

Thanks to our May Program Sponsors:


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Closed:   5/3/2016 8:45 AM

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