Dave Yakonich

Dave Yakonich

Expertise

Substantial learning and development, competency modeling, HR consulting, and speaking experience with a major consulting firm, two top HR consultants/professors, and industry leading firms. Particular expertise in:

Developing Talent Management: Learning, competencies, succession planning, performance evaluation

  • Manage Quality Systems programs (classroom and eLearning) for over 2,000 professionals across enterprise.
  • Managed developmental programs for over 250 senior HR professionals from 12 organizations.
  • Led annual succession planning activities and performance management cycle across the enterprise.

Project Management and Building Internal and External Customer Relationships

  • Led two research projects that partnered with four international academic partners to promote, recruit companies, collect date, analyze results, and feedback data. Research projects that yielded strong response rates (71% for global project and 81% for project center in Mainland China and Hong Kong).
  • Managed vendor relations including companies with expertise in classroom and eLearning, on-line assessments, direct mail and printing, executive coaching, executive recruiting, and survey support.
  • Led individual competency assessment interventions (self-assessment and 360-degree surveys) with over 30 companies involving over 4,000 respondents.
  • Coordinated selection/developmental assessments and feedback sessions for approximately 25 senior level candidates.

Training Delivery, Speaking, and Presentations

  • Delivered instruction-led system based training to over 150 employees.
  • Presented research findings and company-specific results to HR professionals in the US and abroad (Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands, Hong Kong and locations in Mainland China).

Work History

Work History
Jun 2009 - Present

Mgr Leadership Education and Talent Management

Boston Scientific

 Lead and implement leadership and talent management initiatives at BSC's Leadership Academy

  • Designed modules for Top Gun School, BSC’s senior leadership development program.Led program support through BSC executive faculty preparation, interactive communication delivery, pre-work activity and material design, training evaluation and measurement, and participant assessment during business simulation.
  • Designed and developed corporate talent assessment virtual workshop and performance support SharePoint providing global HR Business Partners with new talent and succession process.
  • Designed and led content development of Leadership Academy website (highlighting dynamic leadership resources, leadership courses, and development planning resources), including related marketing materials.
Feb 2007 - May 2010

Manager, Quality Systems Training

Lead and implement Quality System (QS) learning initiatives across the BSC enterprise.

  • Partner with QS Stewards to identify business needs and translate effectively into learning programs and initiatives. 
  • Manage the program design and development processes and support the life cycle management of QS training programs (process validation, design control, software systems, risk management) using a variety of learning vehicles (self-study guides, eLearning, classroom, etc.).
  • Ensure all training and tracking practices comply with the requirements of BSC Quality System and applicable local department practices.
Sep 2005 - Aug 2006

Manager, Staffing & Development

Led corporate Staffing & Development group that supported staffing, leadership development, and talent management activities across the enterprise.

  • Led succession management during annual cycle by facilitating meetings with leaders to calibrate talent, validate succession plans, and identifying action items.
  • Led performance management efforts across the enterprise for salaried employees.  Drove communication efforts to increase quality and overall participation in program.
  • Aligned Targeted Selection process, external coaching efforts, internal mentoring program, and developmental assessments with Holcim's Leadership Competency Model.
  • Utilized best-in-class systematic tools and processes for developing internal talent and sourcing/recruiting external talent including experience professionals, international transfers, and college recruits.
Jan 2002 - Aug 2005

Principal, Organizational Development Consultant

DYI

Independent consultant to companies and affiliated with two consulting organizations, The RBL Group and Global Consulting Alliance (consulting firms with Wayne Brockbank, David Ulrich, Norm Smallwood, and Warren Wilhelm as partners). Managed competency assessments, development programs, and speaking engagements:

Product Manager, HR Competency Products, June 2002-July 2005

  • Designed and developed on-line HR Competency Self-Assessment with its accompanying email-based Feedback Report, part of the HR Competency Toolkit.
  • Led competency assessment interventions with 23 companies using HR Competency Toolkit (over 1,720 self-assessments).
  • Led 11 company launches of 360-degree HR Competency Survey (over 2,500 respondents).

Program Manager, Custom and Consortium Strategic HR Development, January 2002-June 2005

  • Managed six customized development program rollouts for two organizations involving over 180 senior HR professionals. Oversaw project budget and expenditures for each program ($275,000 - $460,000). Partnered with faculty director(s) to design customized developmental programs for senior HR professionals consisting of multiple residential training modules and action learning application projects.
  • Managed two consortium program rollouts for 10 organizations involving approximately 70 senior HR professionals and oversaw project budget and expenditures ($350,000 - $475,000). 

Speaking Engagements

  • High Value-Added Competencies for HR Professionals in: Sacramento, Denver, Oakland, Hong Kong.
  • Competency Model and Feedback Sessions for C. R. Bard and Gambro.

Clients included: BAE SYSTEMS, Boston Scientific, CNA Financial, C.R. Bard, The Coca-Cola Company, DFW Airport, Ericcson, Gambro, GMAC-RFC, GSK, Hendrickson International, Lloyds TSB, McGraw-Hill, NEHRA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Royal Mail, SHRM, Sony Electronics, StoraEnso, StorageTek, United Technologies

Jun 2001 - Jul 2005

Research Associate/Project Manager

Worked directly with Wayne Brockbank and David Ulrich in HR competency research.

Human Resource Competency Study-China, June 2004-July 2005

  • Designed, developed, and executed marketing campaign through use of bilingual website, fax, and email.
  • Executed successful survey and data collection rollouts working closely with project team in Hong Kong. Received over 2,100 multi-language surveys (over 80% response rate) representing 60 companies.

Human Resource Competency Study, June 2001-November 2002

  • Designed, developed, and executed North American, European, Latin American, and Asia/Pacific marketing campaign through use of tri-lingual website (English, Spanish, Portuguese), direct mail, and email.
  • Led two survey and data collection rollouts; managing team with responses from North America, Europe, and Asia and advising Argentina-base Latin America project team. Included over 7,000 multi-language web-based surveys (over 71% response rate) representing 240 companies in over 50 countries.
  • Performed data analysis using SPSS to develop new competency model for HR professionals. Model has been recognized by SHRM and global HR community since publication.

Executive Education Presentations

  • Human Resource Competency Study Feedback Conferences in: Ann Arbor, MI; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Human Resource Competency Study in China Feedback Conferences in: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing.
Aug 1996 - Jun 2001

Management Consultant, Organization and Human Performance

  • Managed 16 training developers during design and development of large PeopleSoft HRMS implementation.
  • Developed rollout plan for Train-the-Trainer and PeopleSoft HRMS training programs with 35 instructors, teaching 33 instructor-led PeopleSoft courses to over 650 employees across four locations.
  • Gathered business requirements, assessed organization divisions and functions, and defined organizational models for: production support organization with over 500 employees; Caterpillar's ERP build organization impacting over 450 employees.
  • Led office readiness activities and coached financial controllers and their staff for six insurance offices preparing for PeopleSoft Financials implementation.

Clients included: Dow Chemical; AON; Caterpillar; University of Michigan; Center for Professional Development

Education

Education
Sep 2003 - May 2005

MS

Graduated with honors.

Client interventions included creating and delivering a strategic interview training program for bank managers, developing an Interview Guide for a healthcare provider, creating performance management system for non-profit private school, performing a Department of Management curriculum review, and creating a Learning Management System RFP and selection presentation for an HR outsourcing organization.

Sep 1990 - May 1996

BS

Graduated Magna cum laude.Member of Beta Gamma Sigmma and Alpha Mu Alpha.