Are you prepared for the unexpected as it relates to your leadership and talent? Do you have plans in place to account for unwelcomed situations? These are perhaps not scenarios you want to think about. Talent planning is a road map that helps organizations prepare how they're going to understand both their current and future needs to help the business drive performance. On episode 4 of the Duke Corporate Education podcast, expert Kathleen McCarthy outlines tips to consider in thinking through talent planning within your organization. About Kathleen McCarthy Kathleen McCarthy is a strategic HR leader skilled in driving business value through large-scale global HR transformation, and the development and delivery of innovative HR strategies and initiatives. Kathleen’s particular expertise is in championing talent at all levels of the organization to hire, inspire, and grow extraordinary talent and increase employee engagement. For the last seven years, Kathleen was an HR leader at American Express, most recently as SVP and Chief Talent Officer where she led strategic direction and operations of the global talent Centers of Excellence including strategic workforce planning, organizational capability, talent acquisition, talent management, succession planning and assessment, performance management, learning and executive development, and diversity and inclusion. While at Amex, Kathleen designed and implemented Amex’s next generation HR operating model, completely changing the company’s entire approach to human capital. She also led the innovation of Amex’s approach to Talent Management, transforming and integrating the talent life-cycle and fundamentally changing the way Amex manages talent. Prior to Amex, Kathleen was Global Head of Talent Planning and Acquisition at Thomson Reuters. She also was Head of HR for a number of technology/venture capital startups, and began her career at top consultancies including McKinsey and Bain. Kathleen is a respected thought leader and sought after speaker on HR best practices including employer branding and high potential development.