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Special Division: Organizational Development

  • 03/28/2013
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Alliant International University in Alhambra, room C4-West

The California School of Professional Psychology and the American Society for Training and Development – Los Angeles Chapter invite you to a presentation and discussion:

Enhancing Leadership Development with Organization Development Initiatives: a panel discussion with Christine Hernandez, VP, Talent Management and Organizational Development at TMNA Services, and Nasseem Nilipour, Training and Organizational Development Coordinator

Where: Room C4-West at Alliant International University in Alhambra (just east of downtown L.A.)

When: Thursday March 28, 2013, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Speakers will give brief presentations on a leadership development program that involves hi-potential leaders tackling organization development projects. One year, high-potential leaders worked in teams on business process improvement project. The following year, high-potential leaders worked on projects to improve synergies between divisions of the company. Participant projects are estimated to have over $1.2 million in value to the company.

The targeted competencies for this leadership development program include organizational savvy, strategic thinking, communication, initiative and teamwork.

  • How were program design elements used to promote various competencies among high-potential leaders?
  • What lessons learned can other companies derive from the synergy between OD and Leadership Development? For instance, about what works well for:
    • Structuring the programs,
    • Selecting high-potential leaders,
    • Evaluating participants,
    • Setting expectations for participants’ managers and for advisors to hi-po teams,
    • Selling a high-investment endeavor to participants’ managers and to potential advisors for teams.
  • What challenges arose in organizing and executing the Leadership Program and how did the internal OD/Training Team handle them?

About the Speakers:

Christine Hernandez is the VP of Organizational Development and Talent Management at Tokio Marine North America Services. She has over 20 years’ experience in building leadership development programs and leading organizational change.

In her current role, Christine oversees the development and execution of the enterprise talent management strategy for Tokio Marine across their North American Group Companies, including training, performance management, succession planning, leadership development and all of HRIS. She also acts as a special consultative resource to Tokio Marine’s Global HR Group in Japan, assisting with the development and execution of Tokio Marine’s C-Level talent management strategy, expatriate cross-cultural training, selecting and developing global high potential employees, and the creation of a common global employee brand through a shared corporate vision, mission and values.

Christine graduated magna cum luade with a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s School of Divinity, focused on community based organizing. She has a Master’s Certificate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Conflict Resolution, and an MBA from the UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University with an interest in global leadership development. Additionally, Christine is a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds an SPHR designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Nasseem Nilipour attended University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior in June 2007. Upon graduation, she decided to continue her education at Keller Graduate School of Management. In April 2008, she graduated with a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and Project Management, with a concentration in Human Resources. Currently, Nasseem is attending Alliant International University and is working on her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Nasseem has been involved in Alliant International University’s Center for Innovation and Change, where she worked as an external OD consultant for various organizations including, The Walt Disney Studios, ABC Television, and Goodwill. Projects and tasks included providing organizational diagnosis, needs/gap analysis, developing a reward & recognition program, building diversity initiatives and goals, and creating communication and implementation plans.

Presently, Nasseem is working at Tokio Marine North America Services. Her roles and responsibilities include leadership development, reward & recognition, survey development, implementation, and data analysis, consultative skills training, training needs analyses, training & development, and engagement surveys, to name a few.

Her psychology background has given her a unique perspective on social interaction. Combined with her business background, she is able to enhance processes and work performance – of individuals, teams, managers, and essentially, the entire business. The client, ultimately, is the business, itself.



1000 South Fremont Avenue #5, Alhambra, CA 91803-1360



10 Fwy E to San Bernardino - Exit Freemont going North toward the mountains.

Pass major intersection at Valley Just after double intersection at Mission:

Right at first driveway north of Mission, 1000 Fremont – The Alhambra.

Tell guard at booth you're visiting Alliant.
Park in Visitor Parking. (free if you leave after 9:00pm; $3.00 if you leave before 9pm)
Walk under green awning at north end of visitor parking and continue up the path.
After several building entrances, turn Left into ALLIANT building (near USC sign, too).

Elevators are in front of you.
Go down to lower level.
Exit the elevator and turn Right.
Pass the Library and turn Right.
Pass the Library and turn Right down the hallway.
Room C-4 West is on your left, with recessed double doors. 



ASTD LA Members and Alliant International University students, faculty, staff and alumni: Free


Non-Members: $10




For more information: Scott Wimer (310) 842-6335 or Jonathan Troper at od@astdla.org

ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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