Temple Carter | September 2022

Organization: The University of Texas System Administration

Title: Talent Program Manager

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


    • Master of Education in Educational Technology, Texas State University
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, Texas State University
    • Certifications:
      • Everything DiSC for Workplace
      • CliftonStrengths Certified Coach (in progress)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/templecarter/

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:

  •  Creating and implementing learning and development initiatives that support UT System Administration’s objectives.
  • Working closely with OTI staff and department leaders to evaluate and support UTS needs and create custom learning solutions to increase leader and individual effectiveness.
  • Coordinating, tracking, and reporting on annual compliance training initiatives.
  • Growing and enhancing programs such as UT System Internship (UTSI) program.
  • Managing the internal learning and development program (CULTIVATE) in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • System administrator for 2 learning experience platforms (LinkedIn Learning & Percipio).  Providing operational guidelines, reporting metrics, and curating learning paths.
  • Building and maintaining productive and service-oriented relationships within UT System Administration, at all System institutions, and with external partners.
  • Developing and recommending implementation approaches for potential OTI program pilots.
  • Assisting with the development of innovation and talent-sponsored events. Support strategic planning efforts and other special projects as assigned.

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):

  •  Project Management – before I even knew what project management was, I was doing it in my directing classes.  Having the end goal in mind (final production) and creating a realistic plan (research, budgets, deliverables, milestones, risk management, stakeholders, etc.) to get there.  This skill helps me every time I design a learning experience.
  • Adaptability – anything can happen during a live production (forgetting lines, lighting cue missed, props in the wrong places, etc.).  The show must go on.  This skill still helps me in learning and development.  From technology not working to adjusting an activity during a workshop, you must be able to adapt to the conditions without it impacting the experience for the learner.
  • ยงVerbal Communication – my acting classes taught me the importance of voice and diction as well as how to engage an audience. 

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:

  • Me – focus on developing personal and professional skills to nurture future self.
  • Integrity – focus on educating employees with current information to ensure ethical decision making and good stewardship for the State of Texas.
  • Team – focus on fostering collaboration, communication, and alignment within a team.
  • Leadership -focus on growing leadership competencies in UT System supervisors and those who aspire to supervisor positions.
  • Community – focus on strengthening UT System community and unearthing novel opportunities for inter-departmental collaboration. 

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. 

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