2018 SAHRA Conference Educational Sessions
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Executive Succession Planning: Taking The Perspective of the CEO and Board of Directors

September 18, 2018

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Succession planning continues to be a hot topic for CEO’s and Boards of Directors for several reasons.  First, the swell of baby boomer retirements is in full speed.  While some speculated that youthful baby boomers would stay on beyond their expected retirement age, baby boomers are actually  retiring from their careers “on time” either to take on second careers or pursue other passions.   Another factor that creates worry for CEO’s and BOD’s is the pervasive leadership deficit present in many organizations today.   According to a recent American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) survey, only 14% of participants feel that their organizations have competent leaders in the pipeline.  So, while an organization may have several star performers, the question looms as to how many can be developed into senior leaders, and how quickly that development can happen.   A final point of concern for CEO’s and BOD’s is the uncertainty created by merger and acquisition activity which can derail a leadership agenda and challenge its capacity. 

In this interactive discussion, we will review the five critical areas of focus for CEO’s and BOD’s in identifying the next generation of leaders.  We will review:

  • How to assess and articulate current organizational capabilities and future organizational requirements
  • How to set or reset key organizational leadership competencies
  • Approaches for assessing current leaders 
  • Approaches for analyzing and aligning business strategy (current and future), organizational capabilities and talent requirements
  • Effective ways to communicate an executive succession plan. 


Speaker: Terri Hartwell Easter


TERRI HARTWELL EASTER is the founder and Principal of T. H. Easter Consulting with over 30 years of experience. Terri was the Chief Operating Officer of a top 100 national AmLaw legal practice and is a highly regarded organizational change strategist for leading utility companies, professional services firms, commercial banks and the White House. Terri’s trademark is bringing new approaches and innovative thinking to some of the toughest human resource management challenges and most aggressive revenue enhancement goals.
Terri works with clients to renew and refine matters of culture, operational excellence and talent management to create pathways to business effectiveness and growth. She has management and operational expertise across the United States as well as Belgium, Egypt, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She knows how to work authentically with a company’s culture to create an environment where everyone can thrive.
 Leveraging expertise in organizational assessment, business process re- engineering, coaching, professional development skills and executive  search. Terri’s adept navigation of some of the most highly regulated, competitive environments is widely regarded in the industry.
Terri was recently awarded the 2018 American Business Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year as well as 2017 Awards for Executive of the Year and Woman of the Year, and the 2016 - 2017, HR Consultant of the Year Award by the Society of Human Resources Management, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapters (Delaware Valley). She is regularly  asked to speak on business strategy, human resources, organizational development topics.
 Terri is a Ph.D. candidate in Human and Organizational Development with Fielding Graduate University. She is a graduate of Southeastern University, with graduate coursework in business administration (finance) at Howard and Harvard Universities. She has also received specialized training in business process re-engineering and service quality management from the Disney Institute and Stanford University. She is a trustee of The Kingsbury Center (Washington, D.C), Executive Leadership Team Member,  Go RED for  Women of Southern Delaware (American Heart Association), former trustee of Southeastern University, and former chair of the Human Resources Section of the Association of Legal Administrations (Capital Chapter).

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