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March 2021 Virtual Event

Mar 18, 2021

Navigating Talent Development Through the Current Crisis and Plans for the Future.

Every company has had to adjust to a new reality of work in the past year. One of the biggest areas of challenge has been in acquiring, developing and managing talent in a very different environment from what anyone has experience before. Workforce planning, building a stronger recruiting pipeline and providing competitive compensation is even more crucial when addressing virtual work demands and planning for future in-office scenarios. Our panel of  our three human resource experts discussed strategies they have leveraged and how they plan to meet the needs of an unsure and changing future.


Don Hutson grew up in Memphis, TN and received his Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee.   Don brings over 30 years of organizational development and performance improvement experience within manufacturing and corporate groups across multiple industries and states.  He is currently the Vice President, Talent Management for the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system.   His skills include group facilitation, team building, leadership development, organizational design, performance improvement of processes and people, training development/delivery, change management, culture change, recruitment, and retention.  Don believes the best results come from leveraging the diversity within teams.   He is committed to building an even better culture focused on safety, quality outcomes, and providing a great experience for patients and their families. 


With over 20 years of recruiting experience and a master's degree in Human Resources Management, Kate Davis has recruited for a variety of industries including agriculture, financial services, R&D and healthcare. Most recently, Kate joined Helena Agri-Enterprises as their Recruitment and Retention Manager supporting a company consisting of 450+ locations with their recruitment needs nationwide. Previously, Kate successfully implemented and expanded the talent sourcing strategy for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which included establishing a sourcing team dedicated to identifying the world's leading scientists and clinicians.


Dotty Summerfield Guisti formed SUMMERFIELD ASSOCIATES, INC. in July of 1989, after more than ten successful years in the business. She attained Certified Personnel Consultant designation in 1993. The Tennessee Association of Personnel Services recognized her many times as a Top Producer in her field and in June of 1991, she was named as a Charter Member of the TAPS "Million Dollar Circle." In July of 1996, she was awarded one of the first "Five Million Dollar Circle" designations. In October 1999, she received the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award from the National Association of Personnel Services, honoring her as an outstanding leader who has led the industry to a higher ground through innovation, vision and positive enhancements. In July 2005, Dotty was recognized as one of the "50 Women Who Make a Difference" by Memphis Woman Magazine. For four years, she was Region VIII Director for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS); she chaired the National By-Laws and Ethics Committees, and served on the Membership and Certification Committees. Dotty was elected to the NAPS Executive Board in 1998 and served as Secretary/Treasurer in 1998 and as Vice Chair from 1999 to 2004 and was Chairman of the NAPS 2000 Points of View Conference.