Practical Solutions for a Changing Workforce

Keynote speaker David DeLong helps leaders close the “skills gap” and tackle their challenges of an aging, changing workforce.

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David DeLong is a leading expert on skills gap solutions

Speaker, author and consultant Dr. David DeLong helps organizations improve performance by implementing practical solutions for critical skill shortages and faster knowledge transfer. President of the research-driven consulting firm Smart Workforce Strategies, he is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Managing Organizational Change.”

Practical solutions for…

Critical skill shortages are the “new normal” in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and supply chain. We help clients define the business risks of specific capability shortages, identify and implement the most realistic solutions for closing skills gaps.
Leaders today must motivate their best aging Boomers, retain restless Gen-Xers, and develop tech-savvy Millennials and Gen-Zs faster. We provide sensible solutions to maximize the value of experienced workers and enhance collaboration and knowledge transfer across generations.
Worried about losing know-how essential to future business performance? David is a leading expert on solutions to identify and reduce the risks of critical knowledge loss. He shows clients how to implement practical knowledge retention solutions.

Ways we can help you

Do you need a presentation tailored to the needs of a diverse & demanding audience? David is a highly sought after speaker who leaves audiences energized with specific solutions and a sense of urgency to pursue clear action steps on their workforce & talent problems.
Want to accelerate leadership skills of your C-level executives? Inspire young managers in new roles? Improve sales or change management skills? David delivers highly-customized, engaging half & full day programs with effective reinforcement that changes behavior & boosts productivity.
David helps leaders solve difficult change management, skills gap and knowledge transfer problems. Services include cost-effective diagnoses, implementation support, and expert coaching. Key outcomes are increased knowledge retention and more effective implementation of skills gap solutions.
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What David’s Clients Are Saying…

Thanks for delivering such a terrific series of workshops for the NRC. …We look forward to working with you again.

Marty Virgilio, Deputy Executive Director for Operations
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Thank you for sharing your views on demographic threats and off shoring opportunities with the TXU board of directors and senior leadership team last week. …Your presentation added greatly to the overall strategy meeting.

John Wilder, Chairman & CEO
TXU Corp.
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Your expertise, insights and ideas helped create an engaging and inspiring experience for Bank of America’s leaders.

Elyse Pellman, President
Age Wave
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Thanks for your provocative presentation at our recent shareholders’ meeting. Your ...getting to know our firm was outstanding. It was a pleasure working with you.

Charles Wardell, CEO
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David, your ideas on the workforce helped shape one of the best conferences we’ve had in many years! We’re extremely grateful for your contribution.

Bill Sutherland, SVP
AAA, Travel & Publishing
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Your presentation was a huge hit at our annual Leadership Conference. You gave us practical ideas we could work with immediately.

Curt Gray, SVP, Human Resources
BAE Systems
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David DeLong’s presentation was ideal for the American Organization of Nurse Executives annual meeting audience. Thank you for providing such clarity, while also instilling appropriate alarm.

Pamela Thompson, CEO
American Organization of Nurse Executives
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Our executives rated your keynote session on knowledge retention strategies as one of the strongest based on content and ideas they could immediately employ.

Roger Shaffer, CEO
FCC Services, Farm Credit System
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Your presentation was a great kick-off for our ACLI Executive Roundtable meeting. The topic was important to all the CEOs in the room.

Mark Thresher, President
Nationwide Financial
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