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When: November 20, 2019
7:15 am
Where: CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
415 Racetrack Road NE
Fort Walton Beach, Florida  32547
United States
Contact: Samantha Evans

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Please Join Us for a Great Session On:

Succession Planning

Presented By:

Susan VanBuren

 Manager of Human Resources & Training

at Chelco

Succession planning is the process whereby the organization ensures that employees are recruited and developed to fill each key role within the company. In this process, you ensure that you will never have a key role open which another employee is not prepared for. There are advantages of succession planning for both the employer and employee. For employees, they know that an advancement opportunity exists and can boost self-esteem and thus, morale and engagement. For the organization, it is beneficial because there is a plan in place to ensure the staff can be relied upon to carry out the vision and mission of the organization; and losing key employees who are in place to carry out these objectives can be detrimental to continued operations. 

In this session you will learn how to ensure that employees are recruited and developed to fill key roles in your organization, who to focus on, what to avoid, and how to plan for succession. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Registration: 7:15-7:30am

Business Meeting: 7:30am


Session: 8:00am



CareerSource Okaloosa

415 Racetrack Road NE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547


A delicious breakfast will be served!


This program has been submitted for SHRM and HRCI Recertification Credits


About our Speaker:

Susan began her career as a Services Officer in the U.S. Air Force’s equivalent of the hospitality field; serving for a little over 9 years. After leaving the USAF, she worked with Abbott Resorts, a ResortQuest Company, first as the HR Recruiter and then as the Training Manager from 1995-2003. In April 2003, she started the training function for the parent company, ResortQuest International; serving as Director of Corporate Training.

In October 2005, Susan went to work for as a Senior Instructional Designer for Tybrin Corporation on the Lockheed Martin ATARS contract, which designed and provided training for USAF aircrews flying the AC-130 Gunships, MC-130 Talon, and MH-53. Less than four months after starting on the contract, she was hired by Lockheed as a Technical Training Manager to lead the ATARS Courseware team, which included instructional designers, multimedia design engineers, and the Curriculum and Learning Management System administrators. In these positions, she gained valuable skills and experience in developing a diverse courseware offerings, which included traditional classroom training development, computer aided instruction, computer-based training, and immersive technology training aids.

Susan started her present position with CHELCO, a member-owned electric utility, as the Manager of Employee Development and Training in October 2007. In that position, Susan facilitated solutions to meet the performance improvement, organizational development, and career development needs of the cooperative. In January 2013, CHELCO changed her title to Organizational and Employee Development Manager.

In January 2016, Susan assumed her current position of CHELCO’s Manager of Human Resources & Training. In that role she oversees the human resources department and where she plans, directs, and coordinates human resources, training and development, and organizational development activities and staff of the cooperative.

She is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Training and Development, and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement.  Her dissertation was entitled Moving beyond Show and Tell: Implementing Structured On-the-Job Training for Apprentice Electric Utility Lineworkers. She also co-authored an article on the topic for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Management Quarterly (Fall 2010).

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