Director, Learning & Development The Hershey Company
Farrell is currently the Director of Learning & Development at the Hershey
Company. Prior to joining Hershey in
2012, Mary spent the majority of her career in Learning & Development
leadership roles at IBM where she achieved many internal and external awards,
including an ASTD Excellence in Practice Citation.
Mary specializes in innovative
learning design and performance consulting.
She has extensive experience in linking human resource development
programs to the strategic direction of the business and achieving measurable
During her time at Hershey, Mary has
been responsible for introducing the company’s first competency model and integrating
it into key HR processes, such as Career Development Planning and Performance
Management. The Career Development
program was recognized through a Brandon Hall Gold Award. Recently she has been responsible for
launching two functional learning academies and for designing all learning for
a new “green field” manufacturing facility.
Mary is an alumna of IBM’s Corporate
Service Corps, a selective leadership and corporate social responsibility
initiative. She has a Bachelor of
Science degree in Management, and currently resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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