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As a globally renown speaker, author, and conference organizer - Any industry observer understands that Kevin Wheeler
is among the first of those recognized within Thought Leadership circles. His capability to provoke and direct discussions on architecture of human capital strategies, while guiding them through talent acquisition processes and procedures - is matched only by his capacity to listen and willingness to learn from his students, clients and audiences. On a personal level, Kevin, is candid, data driven, and above all, charming to a fault and generous with his feedback with a sense of humor which disarms the timid and empowers the conception of every idea yet spoken aloud. Kevin’s stature is not simply due to knowledge and expertise, but likewise to boundless enthusiasm and the ability to befriend, to mentor and to build community. I have watched afar this well traveled gentleman and industry soothsayer. Today I am fortunate to count Kevin as both a valued friend and colleague, and in each instance, a wiser, better practitioner and person shall I be.
Kevin Wheeler is the author of hundreds of articles on talent management, career development, recruiting, human capital, leadership and on corporate universities and learning strategies. He has contributed chapters to several books including, recently, a chapter on leadership and recruiting in On Staffing: Advice and Perspectives for HR Leaders published by Wiley in 2004. His latest book is entitled The Corporate University Workbook: Launching the 21st Century Learning Organization which is published by Pfeiffer, Inc.
Kevin works with organizations to establish learning strategies, corporate universities, succession plans, strategic staffing programs, and human capital architectures. His company, Global Learning Resources, helps organizations create leading edge recruiting, development, and retention strategies and implement cost-effective processes to win the competition for top talent. Kevin has been a research affiliate at SRI International and a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, CA.
He has headed talent acquisition function globally and is the founder of two corporate universities. He has an extensive national and international consulting practice with such organizations as Yahoo, Eli Lilly, Corning, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, Edwards Lifesciences, and Federated Department Stores, and BP, as well as with organizations in China, New Zealand, Australia and El Salvador.
He has served as adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University.
Kevin spent 7 years in Thailand as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation.
Previously, Kevin worked in Thailand as the Vice President of Human Resources for Alphatec Electronics, Inc. and spent 16 years at National Semiconductor Corporation in a variety of human resource roles, including founding and acting as the director of National Semiconductor University.
He sits on a number of boards, served as a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Society of Training and Development from 1995-1997, was an advisory board member for the College Board in the early 1990’s as they architected the new SAT I and II exams, and was a member of the ACT Advisory Board. He speaks at international conferences on a regular basis and hosts an exclusive, invitation-only forum called the Future of Talent (www.futureoftalent.org) for human capital practitioners that explore emerging technologies and practices for talent acquisition and development.
ERE GLOBAL AMSTERDAM: Kevin Wheeler Co-Presents “Strategic Talent Planning Workshop - Developing Synergies Across Six Integrated Elements”
Recommendations for Kevin Wheeler (*Partial)
“Kevin Wheeler has an unusual gift: he combines tremendous experience with an ever-present awareness of what is cutting-edge,
current, and timely. He can convey sophisticated concepts in layman’s language. His presentations are gripping and engaging, but not showmanship. They are substantive and illuminating. Kevin is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.” November 7, 2007
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Kate Bruener, Conference Director at ERE Media, Inc. (hired Kevin as a Subject Matter Expert/Presenter more than once)
“There are few professional relationships over the years that I’ve enjoyed as much as Kevin. An intelligence that is broad and inclusive but always to the point. Kevin’s got a “wit” that won’t quit and a global view that is always growing larger. Most important, Kevin is accessible and always willing to share his knowledge and insights. It is no wonder that his clients are always singing his praises.” June 16, 2007
Gerry Crispin, SPHR, Principal, CareerXroads
“Kevin is one of the few practical practioners I’ve met in this industry. He’s a true professional and someone I seek for advice. I’ve asked Kevin to help my firm on a few recruiting projects and he always deliver great results. If you’re looking for someone to help you overcome your hiring challenges you should seek out Kevin’s insight and industrial knowledge.” June 11, 2007
Lou Adler, CEO, Adler Group
“When I started Hire.com I first sought out the best people I could find in the HR/Recruitment space and Kevin was one of my first contacts. And I have been thankful for his firendship and professional guidance since. Kevin is a wonderful speaker and strategist on all things Talent. His professional experience, professorial approach and gentle demeanor make fhim a world-class consultant iand teacher n the field. I highly recommend Kevin. Hank Stringer Founder Hire.com Co-Author: Talent Force: A Manifesto for the Human Side of Business Founding Team Member: ItzBig” (October 18, 2007)
Hank Stringer, Founder, Hire.com
“When preparing to deploy the Arbita brand (in late 2005) I sought out trustworthy and capable advisors. I needed experts who knew more
than I did about the global recruiting market to provide strategic guidance. Kevin has been generous with his time and expertise and his recommendations have proven to be invaluable. Kevin tells it like it is. His scope is astonishing. I am grateful to him for his wise cousel and his support in helping us to build a great company.” (October 7, 2007)
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Don Ramer, CEO & Founder of Arbita (Global E-Recruiting Solutions)
“There is only one Kevin Wheeler and I don’t know if words can accurately describe the joy and learning from working with him! I’ve worked with Kevin for a number of years on a multitude of projects and in each case have been delighted with both the outcome and the process. Kevin’s depth of knowledge coupled with his warmth and authentic enjoyment for his clients and work is unprecedented. The knowledge Kevin brings to each engagement spans industries, geographies, social trends and much more to deliver an engaging and thought provoking experience. Kevin’s contributions have helped further results in a manner consistent with the unique need, culture and audience of each engagement. This is in part due to his business approach, which begins and ends with understanding the clients business, cultural environment and current state of change tolerance. I’ve known Kevin for almost a decade…hard to believe…and trust his strategic guidance explicitly.” (July 11, 2007) Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative
Susan Burns, Principal, Talent Synchronicity (hired Kevin more than once)
“Kevin is a talent acquisition expert and has been a valuable consultant to my organization.” (June 11, 2007) Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative
Carol Mahoney, VP, Yahoo Staffing (hired Kevin as a Consultant - Talent Organizational Effectiveness in 2000, and hired Kevin more than once)
“Kevin has deep knowledge of the employment process and an early adopter of Web 2.0 recruiting approaches. Richard Katz, CEO, www.seasonedpro.com” (November 11, 2007)
Richard Katz, Founder and CEO, SeasonedPro.com
“Kevin was introduced to me as an expert in the field of Talent & Recruitment in 2004 during one of his visits to New Zealand. Before that I was an avid reader of his on-line publications and articles on the subject. In the time following our introduction, I have attended several conference events where Kevin has been a keynote speaker and have gleaned invaluable learning from him on global trends in talent, work design of the future, recruitment analytics and related topics. I have also engaged Kevin to deliver presentations on talent issues to senior level management and hiring decision makers within my previous organisation and found this to be an excellent training and education opportunity to highlight key messages to this stakeholder group. This has in turn enabled me to drive talent initiatives within my organisation to a higher level. Kevin is both professional and knowledgeable, but in spite of his vast experience, he is also both personable and an all round “nice guy”. It has been my privelege to be associated with him, and my sincere wish is that our association will continue long into the future.”
Carol Brown, Group Recruitment Manager, Beca NZ (June 11, 2007)