Metro DC Chapter ATD - Leadership Development CoP: Learning, Culture, and Change: An Interdependent Relationship to Boost Organizational Performance

  • 08 Nov 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • UVA, NoVA Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA (Room 214)
  • 46

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What should effective leaders know about the interdependence of learning, culture, and change? How can you help leaders drive change through their organizations? How can you help them to boost organizational performance through that trifecta? Find out how our speakers, David Rude and Riz Shah, are applying learning, culture, and change to improve performance at the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration. They’ll talk about concrete strategies they’ve applied and the results they achieved. Through an interactive discussion, you will:

  • Gain insights into concrete actions you can take with learning and culture to effect needed change
  • Recognize simple strategies to use learning to drive culture change
  • Leverage culture to augment learning and sustain improved performance

Mr. Rizwan “Riz” Shah is the Organizational Culture Advisor for the Department of Energy. He provides direct consultation and assistance to Appointee, Federal, and Contractor senior officials and their organizations on the assessment, management, development, and improvement of Organizational Culture, Human Resource training and development, Human Performance Improvement, and High-Reliability Organizations. He also serves as the Department’s staff level liaison with other government, international, and professional organizations in these areas. He provides authoritative advice on and is a champion for continuous improvement and promoting organizational resilience. Mr. Shah’s experience spans 25 years. He has earned a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in Aviation Safety (Event Investigation), and is a graduate of the US Army Eisenhower Leadership Development Program. He is also an active member of the Association of Talent Development. As a Soldier and Aviation Officer in the United States Army, he demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities conducting operations in austere conditions in 13 countries. Before his retirement from Military service, he earned the reputation of building high performing teams in any mission profile and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Recently, Mr. Shah received the Secretary of Energy Honor Achievement Award for the development and delivery of the VET-Success Program (onboarding and developing Veterans at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)). His commitment to service extends beyond DOE. In 2016 he was awarded the State of Maryland Certificate for Volunteerism by Governor Hogan for his work with the homeless Veteran community. Mr. Shah resides in Springfield, Virginia and works in Washington D.C. He is an avid woodworker, and his motto is “Let me not fail them.”

Dr. David Rude is the Chief Learning Officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he applies innovations in technology and performance improvement to effect culture change. Previously, Dr. Rude served as the Chief Learning Officer for DoD's civilian workforce. In that capacity, he promoted learning initiatives to drive high performance across a civilian workforce of 800,000 employees. With his unique perspective on talent development, he achieves success by incorporating contemporary competency-based learning interventions into civilian leadership and development programs. By building partnerships and alliances across the government agencies, Dr. Rude positions organizations to become talent development exemplars. He has earned degrees in business administration, public administration, and an Ed.D. from The George Washington University. His vast research interests include emotional intelligence, organizational culture, and adult learning.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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