David DeLong

David DeLong, PhD

Expert on solving critical skill shortages, co-author of Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management
Fee Range
$7,501-$10,000
Exact fee falls within this range
Traveling From
Massachusetts
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Program Descriptions

“Closing the ‘Skills Gap:’ Innovative Talent Management Solutions For a Changing Workforce”.
Top executives can no longer be complacent when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining high potential employees and future leaders. This talk shows how to prioritize talent-related risks, identify the seven talent problems that kill profits, and how to accelerate knowledge transfer in the multigenerational workplace.

“Using the ‘Skills Gap’ to Solve the ‘Jobs Gap’: Creative Solutions for Critical Workforce Challenges”.
The U.S. faces a paradoxical crisis. More than 80% of companies report they can’t find the skilled employees needed to drive grow, while 50% of today’s college grads are underemployed. This talk shows how innovative solutions can address both problems simultaneously.

“Accelerating Leadership Development: Lessons From the Leading Edge”.
The leadership pipeline in many organizations today is dangerously thin. This talk focuses on how to identify and retain high-potential candidates and five keys to accelerating leadership development.

“The High Cost of Coming and Going: Accelerating Knowledge Transfer Across Generations”.
More Baby Boomer retirements and onboarding of new hires greatly increases the organizational costs of lower productivity, lost knowledge, and failed promotions. This talk shows leaders how to reduce the risks of ineffective transitions, disillusioned young employees, and critical capability loss as many organizations go through seismic shifts in the make up of their workforce.

“Graduate to a Great Job: How to Make Your College Degree Pay Off”.
With 50% of college grads working in jobs that don’t require a college degree, it’s more critical than ever to understand what works and what doesn’t in today’s job market. Learn six keys to landing a good job faster in the post-recession economy.

“Change Management – Why the Soft Stuff is Really the Hard Stuff”.
A key element in the success of all strategic initiatives is your organization’s ability to manage change effectively. This talk shows the behaviors, practices, and processes being used by today’s most effective change leaders.

Why Book David DeLong?

  • Leading solutions expert with specialization on the "skill gap" and "age gap" encroaching on American businesses

  • He can captivate an audience and impart his years of research and intelligence in a direct and thoughtful keynote

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    Dr. David DeLong is a leading expert on solutions for closing the “skills gap” that threatens organizational performance. He is also an authority on effective job search strategies for Gen-Ys and Baby Boomers struggling in a rapidly changing labor market.

    He is author of the new book Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market. He is also co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), which shows executives how to maximize the return on critical talent initiatives. In addition, he is author of the widely-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press).

    President of David DeLong & Associates, a consulting firm based in Concord, Massachusetts, he is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab.

    A popular keynote speaker, Dr. DeLong has developed customized presentations for audiences in many sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, utilities, government, pharmaceuticals, high tech, and finance. For more than 15 years, he has studied the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics to identify solutions that improve performance and accelerate knowledge transfer across generations. His solutions help leaders cope more effectively with the workforce and leadership development challenges posed by looming Baby Boomer retirements, as well as the need to recruit, develop, and retain Millennials. His recent work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and on NPR's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation.

    Dr. DeLong has lectured in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South America, and is a widely-published writer whose work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek International, Computerworld, Organizational Dynamics, and Inc. Magazine. A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT's Sloan School, he has a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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