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Consulting Skills-Your Path to a Seat at the Table

Categories: Workshop

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Consulting Skills – Your Path to a Seat at the Table

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:30 – 4pm


Location: Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors

314 N Goad Springs Rd, Lowell, AR 72745

Instructor: Travis McNeal

Travis is the Director of Change Management for HR Operations at Walmart – currently leading Change Management activities for an international ERP project. Prior to joining Walmart in 2011, Travis spent 8 years with the Continuous Learning Group as a Sr. Consultant, assisting clients implement Performance Management, Leadership Development and Talent Management strategies. Clients with whom Travis has consulted include; Exxon Mobile, PPG, CN Rail, Chevron and Cigna to name a few. Travis also teaches Human Resources and Organizing for Change for the Masters of Science in Operations Management at University of Arkansas.  Travis earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Human Resource Management from Utah State University, and a Master’s in Behavioral Science from the University of Nevada, Reno.


Consulting is a key competency for HR professionals, and done right, it can be a stepping stone to a "a seat at the table". This session will explore HR consulting best practice and relate it to strategic participation in organizational goals and objectives, positioning HR professionals as a contributing partner in the organization’s strategic planning process with the expectations that they will be able to  lead workforce planning discussion with management, develop and present long-term forecast of human capital needs at the organizational level.  This session will enhancing HR professionals’ skills in strategic planning, critical thinking, influencing, negotiation and leadership while impacting the organization’s mission, vision, policies, strategic goals and objectives.


Objectives.  As a result of this class, HR professionals will be able to:

·         Align consulting activities with organizational need/goals.

·         Utilize consulting skills to work directly with senior and line managers on strategic initiatives, Anticipate challenges and determine resolutions through collaborative consulting with organizational leadership.