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Learning Leaders Offer Tools and Techniques to Inspire Growth in Employees and Themselves

Published Tue Jun 16 2020


**(Alexandria, VA) June 16, 2020—**The Association for Talent Development is delighted to announce the publication of Leading the Learning Function: Tools and Techniques for Organizational Impact. Recognizing the need for a resource that focused on how leadership drives the learning function in organizations, ATD asked its Forum—a consortium of exceptional learning leaders from different industries, backgrounds, and experiences—to curate and organize their insights and best practices for the benefit of others in the talent development field.

In 26 chapters, Forum managers and book editors MJ Hall and Laleh Patel as well as Forum members document the work learning leaders do to help themselves and others build organizational capabilities and successful results. The contributors offer insights and lessons about setting direction, managing processes, leading and developing people, making an impact, collaborating with stakeholders, using technology for learning, and innovating.


ATD’s President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Bingham states: “The book exemplifies the ATD Forum community and its focus on connecting, collaborating, and learning from one another. Like in any Forum gathering, the goal of the book is to leverage practices that help you address business challenges in a way that enables performance and continually builds capability at the individual, team, group, and organizational levels.”

Editor MJ Hall adds,“Leading the Learning Function comes at a pivotal time in history with the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic—when leaders are coming together more than ever before to share insights, experiences, problem-solve, and learn. Many say the definition of a leader is someone who can take others to a place they would not go by themselves. If this is true—as we believe it is—today’s frequently changing and complex workplace provides a unique opportunity for leaders to excel.”

Editor Laleh Patel says, “We wanted to share challenges and successes in building performance capability to enable you to continuously get better at getting better with your role: coaching, guiding, and encouraging others to be open to new opportunities. The results will be learning professionals who are masters at advising and guiding business leaders on changes that influence the future of the organization—building performance capability at all levels and in all areas.”

Growing leadership skills is a lifelong journey; gaining a portfolio of techniques others have used successfully to solve similar business challenges can provide an edge in your role as a business advisor. Leading the Learning Function is just that portfolio.

About the Editors


MJ Hall is an experienced WorkLearn strategist, performance coach, and business learning advisor. Her expertise includes designing, developing, and facilitating innovative collaborative experiences that focus on leveraging employee capabilities for positively influencing organizational productivity and delivering results. Prior to working at ATD, she served as a Level IV professor, director of leadership development, and special assistant to the commandant at the Defense Acquisition University in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She has also held numerous operational assignments with other military branches within the Department of Defense (DoD), including chief of the Program Management Office at the U.S. Army Engineer School. She also consulted with civilian agencies while serving in an executive rotational assignment with the Federal Consulting Group.

Hall earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from George Mason University, a master of business administration from Long Island University, a master of education from University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor of arts in teaching from High Point University (HPU). Among her many honors, Hall was awarded the DoD Exceptional Civilian Medal, the U.S. Vice President’s Hammer Award for Innovative Practice, and the 2017 HPU Alumni Service Award for her volunteer work with doctoral students at the Stout School of Education.

Laleh Patel is the senior manager for the ATD Forum, steering the engagement and direction of the senior leader talent development consortium. In this role she oversees and manages the business strategy and day-to-day operations of the community and engages with executives to develop research and products to meet their most pressing talent development challenges to drive engagement and content strategy for the ATD Forum.

Prior to managing the Forum, she worked as a research associate for ATD, conducting surveys and analyzing and reporting on industry trends. She wrote the 2010 State of the Industry report. Patel has also worked in the survey research team at the Society for Human Resource Management and as a global advertising account executive at Lowe Worldwide. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from University College London, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from George Mason University, and a graduate certificate in survey design and data analysis from George Washington University.

About ATD and ATD Press


The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD Press publications are written by industry thought leaders and offer anyone who works with adult learners the best practices, academic theory, and guidance necessary to move the profession forward. For more information, visit td.org/books.

Leading the Learning Function: Tools and Techniques for Organizational Impact

ISBN: 978-1-950496-61-7| 400 Pages | Paperback


To order books from ATD Press, call 800.628.2783.

To schedule an interview with MJ Hall or Laleh Patel, please contact Kay Hechler, ATD Press senior marketing manager, at [email protected] or 703.683.8178.

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