HCMx Radio 101: Female Empowerment and Leveraging the Power of Failure

Guest: Megan FanaleVP of Operations at Abilitie, leads the Client Experience Team overseeing the design and execution of Abilitie’s portfolio of award-winning business simulation programs, Executive Challenge™, Business Challenge™, and Management Challenge™ as well as leading the operations of the company. Megan has extensive experience crafting and facilitating business and leadership development programs for a variety of corporate clients, including GE, Eli Lilly, and Coca-Cola. Her frequent work delivering blended learning experiences to global audiences has solidified her belief that taking risks is a necessary ingredient for effective innovation. Megan is passionate about enhancing women leaders’ comfort with failure to create the space for innovation to better position them to propel their organizations forward. Megan served as a Lead Facilitator for Abilitie’s simulation offerings around the world, working with Fortune 500 companies and top-tier universities and business schools in the delivery of simulation-based solutions to increase performance and leadership effectiveness. Megan’s facilitation style effectively challenges participants’ current thinking about leadership, cross-functional communication, change management, strategy and execution while cultivating an engaging, high-energy environment.

Topics and questions include:

  • It’s perfectly ok to not be perfect
  • Leveraging the power of spontaneity
  • Failure as an experiment
  • Female empowerment begins early
  • Smart risk-taking
  • The path forward isn’t always clear — but that’s ok!
  • Brainstorming, safe spaces and imperfection
  • How comfort with failure propels innovation
  • Partnering as a counterbalance
  • Creating boundaries and expectations
  • And more!

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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