We live in a fast-paced world where customers expect speed, adaptability, and innovation. This is much easier said than done, especially for large organizations, mature organizations, or companies in a mature industry. Even companies who have the desire to have an agile organization often find it difficult to achieve and sustain. Market pressures will only increase in this space; therefore, organizational agility is vital to a company's long-term success.
In this session we will discuss the following learning objectives:
- What is organizational agility?
- Benefits of an agile organization
- Challenges that impede organizational agility
- Fostering sustainable organizational agility
Debbie Cowan is an accomplished Human Resources professional with more than 17 years of experience, much of that in the energy industry. She joins Williams from Koch Chemical Technology Group, LLC, a division of Koch Industries, Inc., where she had served as Global Vice President of Human Resources since June 2013.
In that role, she was responsible for supporting seven various engineering and manufacturing companies with approximately 5,000 employees in 26 countries in their strategic planning, organization development, acquisitions and divestitures, employment law, talent development, performance management, employee relations, compensation, training and benefits efforts.
She previously served as Global Director of Human Resources and Manager, Human Resources, for John Zink Company, also a division of Koch Industries; Manager, Human Resources for Aircraft Fueling Systems and as Staffing Manager for Robert Half International.