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Meet ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition Featured Guest Speaker: Yavuz Elkin
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Welcome to the Global HRD Featured Guest Speaker Blog Series. The purpose of this series is to introduce the topics and guest speakers from the Global HRD track of the ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition. This week’s featured guest speaker is Yavuz Elkin, presenting, “Leadership Development for Sustainable Growth.” We have asked him to answer a few questions to help our community members gain insight into some of the content he will cover at this year’s conference.

What is the topic of your presentation?

Leadership Development for Sustainable Growth

Why is this topic important for L&D professionals?

L&D professionals will have the opportunity to learn a best practice from overseas on leadership development. They will hear about a sustainable growth story in the finance industry during tough economic times.

What will be the top three takeaways from your presentation?

You will learn:

1) tips for designing a leadership development program for sustainable business growth

2) a best practice experience about aligning leadership development programs with company strategies

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3) about leveraging leadership programs to all management levels.

What is your experience with ASTD or the ASTD International Conference & Exposition?

My company was a 2013 ASTD Best Award winner. I was a speaker at an ASTD event in Turkey.

What do you expect to get out of this year’s event?

I want to learn experiences about the learning and development sector from similar companies.

What are some suggestions you have for attendees to get the most out of their experience at ASTD 2014?

I advise planning your attendance, tracks, and sessions before getting to the conference. There are so many different sessions, and a good organized schedule can help you make the most of your experience. We would also advise exploring the EXPO. Use the EXPO as a networking tool and update yourself with the latest products in the L&D industry.

About the Speaker

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Yavuz Elkin started his finance career as an internal auditor just after his graduation from Marmara University Management Sciences School. During his banking industry career in Turkey, he worked for the biggest Turkish banks, taking different management positions as a marketing director, sales manager, and marketing group manager.With core banking industry experience of almost 15 years, Yavuz took the responsibility of establishing Deniz Academy at Denizbank in 2007. In 2008 his responsibilities grew to cover all human resource functions. He is now responsible for both human resources and Deniz Academy.Yavuz has managed a 140 percent growth in human resources. With the initiatives he has facilitated, he has been awarded by the Brandon Hall Group and ASTD.

About the Author
Nan Kim is the international coordinator for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world's largest association dedicated to to those who develop talent in organizations. She supports the International department by facilitating the exchange of knowledge among the global learning and development community. She also helps manage the Global HRD Community of Practice, where she supports professionals around the world to share regional best practices, conduct global benchmarking, and discuss cross-cultural and global talent development issues. Nan graduated from The University of North Carolina with a BA in sociology.
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