Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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May 5, 2017

Hiring and Developing A-Players: A Cornerstone of Leadership

Have you ever chosen the wrong candidate for a job?  

Or watched one of your clients agonize over losing one of her top people because she hadn’t spent time developing them?  

Can you recall the quick demise of Coca-Cola’s former CFO turned CEO years ago, who was over-promoted without consideration of his true skills and qualities?  

These experiences are both painful and costly: last year, CareerBuilder found that 41% of companies surveyed said that a bad hire in the previous 12 months had cost them at least $25,000. 

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh estimates that his past bad hires have cost Zappos “well over $100M.  That’s a lot of shoes!  

Further, according to an article in HBR last December, “A study of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies shows that companies that scramble to find replacements for departing CEOs forgo an average of $1.8 billion in shareholder value.”

The ability to identify and develop great talent is not a "nice to have," it is essential to great leadership. This session will help you learn strategies that the pros (like me) use to identify and develop A-Player talent for current and future roles.

Take-Aways From This Session

In this session, we will:

  • Learn how to use Scorecards, not job descriptions, to assess fit for a current role or future opportunity
  •  Develop interview techniques to get the information we need, rather than the information they want to give us
  • Identify strategies for useful – and critical – reference conversations
  • Learn the importance of calibration discussions to reduce errors and biases
Don’t miss this interactive, eye-opening session that will leave you in a better position to lead and create A-Teams! - for you or for your clients.

About Our Facilitator: 
          Dr. Ann Bowers-Evangelista

                 Llumos, LLC

Ann is President of Llumos, LLC, a Washington, DC-based women’s owned small business. 

Throughout her 18-year career, she has leveraged extensive experience as a consultant and business leader to help organizations successfully select, grow, and retain talent. Ann is an expert in executive selection, coaching, team development, and women’s leadership; she also speaks regularly on strategies to enhance leadership and organizational success. 

As a trusted advisor, she brings candor and critical insights to high-stakes situations to yield breakthrough results. Prior to Llumos, Ann served as Principal at Green Peak Partners and as Managing Director at TalentQuest, a leadership consulting and performance management firm in Atlanta. She began coaching while still in graduate school; her first client was the General Counsel of a Fortune 1000 company. Since then, she has coached over 100 executives, and completed several coaching-related programs, including Coaches Training Institute and Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete program. 

Ann has a unique background that blends psychology, business, and an endurance athlete mindset. She is high-energy, caring yet no-nonsense, and action oriented, focusing coaching work on sustainable, positive change. 

Ann has worked with clients in the Fortune 1000 as well as smaller companies and nonprofits, including: Bayer Healthcare, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Coldwell Banker, Cousins Properties, Danaher Corporation, Fortive Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Mizuno USA, the Paperboard Packaging Council, TimBar Manufacturing, Turner Broadcasting, Vera Bradley, and Vital Voices. Ann attained a BA from the University of Michigan, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and an MBA from Widener University. 

She is a licensed psychologist and member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Alexcel Group. 

An Ironman triathlete, Ann and her husband Dave often use the sport of triathlon to raise money for Team in Training and Back on My Feet. They are also active supporters of Vital Voices. When not engaged in insane hobbies, they like to travel and to cook. 

Contact Information

Ann Bowers-Evangelista


Llumos, LLC




LinkedIn: www.LinkedIn.com/in/dranniebe

Twitter: @DrAnnieBE


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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem-solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.