Dessalen Wood is an HR professional, facilitator, and executive coach
who has specialized in passionately leading Learning and Development
and Human Resources teams within blue chip Canadian organizations.
Dessalen has over 20 years of experience in mid- and large-size
Canadian and US organizations, such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s
Bay Company, The Children’s Place, and The Disney Stores and as
Vice President, Talent Development with Cineplex Entertainment. In
2019, Dessalen moved to Thoughtexchange to become the Chief
People Officer, making her first move into tech. Throughout her career,
Dessalen has created multiple programs and support systems designed
to create engaging corporate cultures and developing leaders at all
Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, power dynamics, organizational dysfunction or the new normal of social distancing and remote work. Even with the talk of “returning to work” many organizations want to have a robust remote offering for all of their once-live employee touch points. Learning leaders are being asked to find ways to adapt everything to our #SuddenlyRemote world, from on-boarding, to company town halls/offsites and traditional face to face training. What should we prioritize? How can we maintain the culture and connection when we are not able to be in the same room?
Learning objectives—In this session we will learn: