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Leadership Excellence Rank Best Mentoring Program 1 Building a Strong Leadership Pipeline Our editorial team interviewed Stacy Lamar Brooks from Humana Inc at the Leadership Excellence Awards this past February. Here are some excerpts from the exclusive interview. What is the overall objective of your program? The objective of the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) is to cultivate a pipeline of diverse professionals who are ready to assume higher levels of leadership in Humana within 1-2 years. Through DAP, participants learn to grow themselves in their careers and strengthen how they contribute to Humana’s leadership brand. Joint projects in matrix teams enable participants to optimize their diversities of thought and talent while solving actual business unit challenges. It also offers participants the opportunity to connect with senior leaders. Who do you impact with your program? Associates rated as high performing and high potential talent, associates identified as capable of competing for a Director-level position within 1-2 years. While Humana’s entire high potential talent population is in scope for DAP, the program strategy involves a focus on identifying and accelerating the development of women, people of color and underrepresented minorities to help strengthen retention and our brand of inclusive leadership for the future. What are the lessons you’ve learned this year from facilitating your program? One of the lessons I have learned over the past year is that with a program like DAP, whose mission is closely aligned to an Inclusion and Diversity strategy, the success of the program is measured by more than just completion rates. Talent development is a system of people and operations working together to determine who is rated top talent and who is not, who is selected for development and who is not, and the list goes on. I learned that in order for the program to stay true to its dual objectives of developing top talent and assisting with the inclusion and diversity strategy, we must make sure the overall talent identification systems and processes are objective and fair. How do you measure the return on investment and success of the program? The most meaningful metric for me is when the associates who complete the program turn right back around to volunteer to assist with the next DAP cohort experience. Other substantial returns include the number of DAP participants who have moved on to director and strategic consultant roles in the company. Past DAP participants are highly sought after associates because it is understood that the program greatly helps to foster self-awareness and confidence in associates. 2016 Stacy Lamar Brooks Company Name: Humana Inc Program Name: The Development Acceleration Program (DAP) Director: Katherine McGuire   Address: 500 W Main, Louisville KY Email: Sbrooks5@humana.com VIsit: www.humana.com Video #AWorldInspired LEAD2016 12


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