Strategic Talent Revival: Re-Engaging, Recruiting, and Building Bench Strength

When: Jun 18, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Themes for Discussion: The war on talent continues in retail. Join our panel discussion by industry experts on building a strong talent pipeline in retail! We'll explore best practices, industry insights, and real-world experiences. Learn how to engage and develop employees from onboarding through "everboarding," a continuous process that fosters growth throughout their careers. 

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Expert Panelists

Paul DeSousa (Vice President Talent Strategy, Learning and Development @Ulta Beauty)

At Ulta Beauty, Paul DeSousa is responsible for all talent programs and processes, employee engagement, leadership development and field training for over 50,000 associates. The team is focused on transforming and modernizing talent processes and maximizing associate performance. Paul has been with Ulta Beauty for 17 years, serving in roles across Human Resources, Merchandising and Field Operations before returning to the HR team to lead the training and development function. 


JD Dillon (Chief Learning Architect @Axonify)

JD Dillon started his career on the frontline - managing movie theaters and theme parks. After 20 years leading Operations and L&D with dynamic organizations like Disney, AMC and Kaplan, he's become an authority on frontline enablement and staunch advocate for improving the employee experience. As the CLA of Axonify, JD works with his team to build technology, content and services that empower frontline workers in retail, grocery, financial services, hospitality and beyond to do their best work every day. 


Lisa Anderson (Division Vice President-Optometry @EyeCare Partners)

Lisa Anderson is a seasoned retailer who has been instrumental in developing, managing, and overseeing opportunities for growth, retention, and talent implementation systems within retail business processes.

Lisa is highly valued for keen insight in driving sales and exceeding key operational and revenue targets in challenging retail environments for retailers such as Michaels, Aaron Brothers, Linen & Things and Toys R Us prior to her role at EyeCare Partners.


Mike Van Lente (Executive Leader of Global Learning & Development @Whole Foods Market)

Mike Van Lente is an established leader of Learning & Development, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness with extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational improvement, change management, communications, and all facets of blended learning approaches, including instructor-led, coach and mentor-led, on-the-job, e-learning, learning maps, and video. 


Mike is a hands-on strategist who identifies areas for improvement and utilizes exceptional communication skills to connect audiences with defined purpose, goals, action plans, and development. He possesses a proven track record of optimizing operational efficiency and positioning a company for sustainable growth.


Prior to Whole Foods Market, Mike held Senior Learning and Development roles with Radio Shack and Pier 1 Imports.