Winning the War for Talent: Thriving in a Competitive Employment Market

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Feb 19, 2016

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Mike Thompson
Darden ’85

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Mike Thompson

Talent management professional Mike Thompson provides an inside look at what many employers call the “war for talent,” both from employer and employee perspectives. During his presentation, Mike will:
• Provide a brief overview of today’s corporate employment market
• Reveal strategies corporations are using to select and retain top talent
• Share tips on how job seekers can best position themselves in a competitive job market

Presenter Bio:

Mike Thompson (Darden ’85) currently serves as Director, Talent & Organizational Development at Grifols, a global pharmaceuticals/bioscience company headquartered in Los Angeles. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of learning & development, leadership development, organizational development, and management consulting. He has worked in both external and internal roles with major American and Japanese corporations, including State Farm Insurance Companies, Kaiser Permanente, The Cheesecake Factory, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Avon, Pratt & Whitney, Toyota, Panasonic, Komatsu, Daiichi Seimei Life Insurance, and Kaneka Chemical Corp.

Outside of his corporate career, Mike has held adjunct teaching positions at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, the University of California, Berkeley, California Lutheran University, and California State University, Channel Islands.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University, and his MBA degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.