Leveraging Talent in a Field Organization

Presentation Summary:

Large field organizations create unique challenges for managing talent. It is important to have a disciplined, consistent means to understand the talent available and then use that data to benefit the associates and the organization. This can be done through knowing the talent and then developing them. In this presentation, Lynn Gross, Executive Human Resources Leader and former Vice President of Human Resources for Office Depot’s North American Retail division, discusses how to successfully leverage your field talent.

Presenter Bio:

Executive Human Resources Leader and Business Advisor

Navigating organizations through change with great talent

Lynn is a seasoned human resources leader with a passion for achieving company results through finding, developing and retaining great talent. She has a demonstrated ability to navigate executive leaders, teams and organizations through significant adversity and change.

Lynn most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources at Office Depot, Inc. She led a team of more than 30 human resource professionals supporting up to 40,000 associates and 1900 stores. She directed strategies related to hiring, staffing, and finding and retaining great talent; talent management and succession planning; compensation; organizational design; culture, engagement, and values; policies; and data information


Prior to her HR leadership role, she was Sr. Employment Counsel at Office Depot. Lynn was a trusted advisor and counselor to senior human resources leaders on strategic initiatives such as reorganizations and RIFs, incentive plans, benefits, union issues, and employment law matters.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Lynn spent most of her career with Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland, Ohio, where she counseled employers and successfully represented them in employment litigation and administrative proceedings.

Lynn received her undergraduate degree in Social Relations (BA), from Michigan State University’s Honors’ College, and her JD degree, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Lynn is licensed to practice law in Florida and Ohio (inactive) as well as various federal courts.

Lynn was named an Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007 for Labor and Employment Law.

She previously serviced as co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Associate and Co-Chair of the Communications Sub-Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Committee of the Associate of Corporate Counsel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Lynn’s community involvement has included serving in various volunteer capacities for the Soccer Association of Boca Raton.

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