Catapulting Talent: Strategic Succession (03317)

  • Wednesday, March 08, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Kaleida Health, 726 Exchange Street, Buffalo 14210, Suite 517


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Competency Area: Integrated Talent Management 

Program Description 

Catapulting Talent: Strategic Succession, The Role of Training and Development in Succession Planning

Few events carry greater risk to an organization than an unexpected change in leadership and/or other key positions.  So, why do so many businesses have an ineffective succession process or, even worse, no succession planning process at all? 

Because it is hard to get it right.

Strategic Succession provides organizations with a new way of thinking about talent.  Succession is much more than completing a 9-box assessment and determining a development plan—it is how you engage with your talent every day, especially top talent. 

It is important that leaders change their mindset on the talent contract—so everyday is a development opportunity.  When such a strategy is embedded into the culture, succession planning becomes integral in attracting and retaining top talent.

Catapult will show you a roadmap for Strategic Succession—a new way of thinking about succession.


Marsha L. Koelmel

Marsha L. Koelmel, Co-President at Catapult Inc., is an intuitive and experienced strategist who engages teams in the process of creating innovative, forward-thinking strategies and plans.

Marsha helps businesses reach their highest level of success by challenging leaders to uncover beliefs and behaviors that stand in the way of progress. Her clients rely on her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in organizational development including cultural and transformational change, succession planning, leadership development, and employee engagement.  As a former executive in the financial services industry, Marsha was responsible for developing the talent strategy for a rapidly expanding organization including the integration of more than 10 acquisitions.  

She has earned her certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, the oldest and largest in-person coach training organization in the world. She has earned a reputation as engaging, warm and relentless when it comes to achieving results for her clients. 

Siobhan C. Smith

As a Co-President at Catapult Inc., Siobhan C. Smith works with executives to strategically move their companies forward by capitalizing on the most valuable resource of any organization — people.

Recognized as an innovative thinker and problem-solver, Siobhan’s comprehensive experience is in guiding organizations through the steps of change. She excels in designing and implementing systems and processes to attract, retain, develop, and motivate employees to align with its desired culture.

As an organizational development expert and certified Executive Coach, Siobhan is known for her strategic and pragmatic approach that propels leaders to reach their maximum potential. She has earned her certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, the oldest and largest in-person coach training organization in the world. Siobhan has worked with individuals at all levels of organizations throughout her career, and takes a more holistic approach to coaching, focusing on both the professional and personal aspects of her clients.  Her diverse and incredibly in-depth training enables her to coach individuals with confidence and proven experience.

Siobhan has spearheaded progressive initiatives such as leadership development, global outreach, strategic succession planning, and culture alignment for a range of companies including First Niagara Financial Group, New Era Cap Company Inc., Perry’s Ice Cream, Graphic Controls, and Cascades Inc.

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