Postponed: Gaining Alignment for OD, HR, and Talent Development Initiatives

  • Thursday, September 07, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Keiser University, 1500 NW 49th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


This event is being postponed, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma

Please stay safe, and stay tuned for the rescheduled date of this event, at our new location at Keiser University.

Postponed: Gaining Alignment for OD, HR, and Talent Development Initiatives

There are unique differences in OD, HR, and Learning professionals. However, for many senior leaders and employees the differences are not that clear. And of course in smaller organizations, often the same person wears many hats and must bring a breadth of expertise.

Given the blurred lines, how can we all position the right level of solutions to business leaders?

Any time we are involved in driving people-related initiatives to support the business, OD, HR and Learning professionals need to clearly communicate the need and gain alignment. When the business asks for one thing, but we can tell they need something more, it’s important we seamlessly integrate for them the various expertise that will deliver the results they need.

On Sept 7th, we’re bringing together a panel that’s been there and done that! They will spark our conversation with specific examples and best practices for gaining alignment regarding people and talent development initiatives. Through an interactive discussion, you too will gather and share lessons learned.

Our panelists are Dean Altman, experienced Human Resources Consultant; Helena Herrero, People Strategy Director at Ideas Generators; and Eliza Fendell, former SVP of Culture at Our moderator will be Jeri Dembrak, Cultural Synthesizer.

Topics include:

  1. How OD has been helpful in driving HR, Training, and Talent Management initiatives

  2. What has made projects go well – and not go well

  3. Best practices for securing Senior Leaders endorsement / championship

  4. Barriers and solutions for aligning this work with business outcomes

Our Panelists

Dean Altman

Dean Altman is an HR consultant who provides a wide range of services and support to clients.  He started his consulting practice in 2015 after working more than 20 years for mid-sized and large organizations in various HR management roles.  Dean also teaches the SHRM certification course for Broward College.  

Dean holds an MBA degree from The University of Texas with a concentration in Human Resources and a BS degree in Engineering from Rice University.  He is both SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified.

Helena Herrero Lamuedra

Helena Herrero Lamuedra leads Ideas Generators People Strategy Practice.

Her professional focus is the convergence of Digital Disruption, Design Thinking and Applied Neuroscience and its impact in Culture and Leadership Capabilities.

She is an international HR Executive with extensive and intense experience partnering with Senior Leaders to achieve extraordinary results by transforming themselves and their organizations.

Helena has coached Top Executives in complex business and career transitions, overseen Human Capital Strategy for different businesses in alignment with overall strategy and specific culture and financial metrics and was a catalyst in organization design and transformation related to mergers & acquisitions and business transformation in response to market opportunities.

Helena graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina, holds a Human Resources Certificate from Cornell University, US as well as other industry and specific certifications - GPHR, SPHR and SCP, as well as Executive Coach and SCRUM Master, Coach and Trainer, respectively.

Eliza Fendell

Eliza A. Fendell is a Managing Partner and co-Founder of Fendell Ventures, a consultancy firm focused on illuminating the path to culture, engagement and leadership through entrepreneurial principles.  Eliza draws on her fifteen plus years working in entrepreneurial firms focused on culture, her training as a lawyer, and her bi-cultural background in the Americas, to guide leaders and leadership teams to achieving engaged, sustainable growth in a disruptive world.

Eliza serves on the Board of Directors at, the only end-to-end eCommerce and logistics solution for Latin America and the Caribbean. In her prior role as SVP of Culture, Eliza focused on aligning the 1,000+ associates in 40 countries to Aeropost’s Purpose, Values and Vision while promoting entrepreneurship and leadership throughout the organization. During her tenure as Aeropost’s General Manager, she led the Operations Hub through a time of 5.3x growth, expanding service to 32 countries, and two moves from 5,000 sq. ft., eventually to the current 177,000 sq. ft. facility. 

Eliza was raised in San José, Costa Rica, and is the third generation of entrepreneurs in her family.  Eliza has a JD in Law, from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and a BA in Literary Studies from the University of Texas.

Our Moderator

Jeri Dembrak

Entrepreneurial, bilingual, multicultural human resources and benefits business partner -- a project manager and solutions provider with the ability to align strategic human resources and benefits objectives from an educational and training perspective to positively enhance and grow the organization to better service customers, employees, managers and board members. 

Professional expertise includes: 

  • HR Business Partner with strong business acumen: employee and customer engagement
  • Risk management, compensation & benefits, vendor management
  • Training and organizational development -- begin with the end in mind, understanding by design
  • Futuristic People Geek - Innovative thinker-- always connecting people and information together
  • Project scope and plan development constantly engaging in critical reflection--what are we doing, how are we doing and how do we make it better, faster and more interesting

Jeri has a Master's degree from the University of Virginia in StudySocial and Philosophical Foundations of Education

This is a joint event with The Staffing Management Association of South Florida (also known as SMA South Florida) .

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