Title: Director, Talent Management
Company: Lassonde Pappas & Company
Location: Carneys Point, New Jersey
Education: BA in political science (Ramapo College); MPS in human resources and employee relations (Penn State)
Macellaro manages talent acquisition and talent development at Lassonde Pappas. He single-handedly built its employee development program, JUICED (judgment, utilization, insight, communication, execution, development), and its high-potential development program, Juiced-Up. He also does instructional design at the organization. He enjoys volunteering with students and veterans as a mentor and career coach to those outside and inside the talent development field.
How do you see your role in talent development evolving in the next five to 10 years?
The next five to 10 years will bring a tremendous amount of change in the way businesses function, whether through continued globalization, increased use of technology, or changing workforce dynamics. The talent development function will need to ensure that the business and the talent we hire and develop change along with it. We will have to be more of a strategic partner to the business and not just a support function to ensure we not only focus on the present, but on what the business wants to be in the future.
What's exciting in TD
The ability to make a difference in someone's life. Being able to see someone who you've helped develop become successful, get promoted, and achieve great things, no matter how small your role was in that process. That's what I love most about what I do.
In a previous organization, I was tasked to lead an effort to create and deliver a global management development program. As the target management population was more than 2,000 managers, I also had to develop a train-the-trainer program and certify 150 HR and talent management professionals on the content of the program. These individuals in turn launched and facilitated the program to more than 1,000 managers in 16 different countries.
This also was a major milestone in my personal development because I had to utilize almost everything I've learned in my professional career.
The program ended up being an overwhelming success and really made an impact at our business and helped managers be more effective.
Advice for new pros
Always start with the end in mind and never lose sight of the business. Our role is to be a strategic partner to ensure we bring in top talent, develop them, and keep them engaged to become effective leaders in the business. Don't get carried away with complex theories and methodologies; keep things simple yet impactful.
If you work with the business to better understand its current and future needs and create solutions to meet those needs, you'll be successful.
Be sure you love what you do. You can't fake it in talent development.
"Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." —Tom Peters
I like working with college students and veterans through local universities and organizations to provide advice for a career in HR/talent development. I often help with resume-building workshops, mock interviews, mentoring, and overall career coaching to help set them up for a successful career in any field they choose.