Carter | September 2022
As a Talent Program Manager, what are your main job responsibilities?
In my role, I develop, implement, and manage talent development initiatives associated with the Office of Talent and Innovation (OTI) to support innovation, growth, and elevate employees, students, and interns of UT System (UTS). Some of my responsibilities include:
What is your favorite part of your role?
There are many aspects of my role that I enjoy, but there are two that stand out as my favorite:1. Creating authentic learning experiences for UTS employees and helping them on their learning and development journey. I like that we do not have a one-size fits all approach when it comes to learning and development. We understand and celebrate that everyone learns differently and provide opportunities for people to choose their own adventure.
2. My team – I’m very fortunate to get to work with a supportive, collaborative, and talented group of individuals in the Office of Talent and Innovation (OTI).
What skills or knowledge did you gain from your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater program that translates into the Learning & Development realm?
I love this question! I often get an inquisitive look from people when they learn I received a degree in theatre . I let them know that I love my degree because it provided me with hands on experience to gain transferable skills that could be applied to any field and has been an asset to me as I transitioned into the learning and development field. A few skills include (but there are many more):
There are so many other skills I gained from my theatre degree that help me in my role today. Here is a great article that highlights skills of theatre majors: 25 Special Advantages the Theatre Major has – (and may not even know!)
Tell us about the Cultivate program that you help implement at UT System Administration.
Cultivate is the learning and development program designed to help UT System Administration employees learn, grow, and connect. It is organized around 5 branches for individuals to cultivate:
Cultivate provides interactive opportunities under each branch to include: instructor led workshops, curated content, networking series (Coffee & Conversations and Staff Show & Tell), CliftonStrengths assessment, 1:1 coaching, and more.
We launched Cultivate in September and I’m excited to see how it grows.
What are some of your own learning & development goals?
Learner is in my top 5 CliftonStrengths and I love to learn. I do my best to be intentional about making time for my personal learning and development goals. My current goals include:1. Completing 2-3 artifacts (online course, article, books, etc.) a month on a subject. My current subject interest is the employee experience and ROI in learning and development.
2. Obtaining the ATD Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) certification.
3. Participate with at least one ATD event per quarter.
Angel Salinas | August 2022