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802 Learning After Layoffs

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
Wednesday, December 6

Every day we hear about companies trying to survive the economic environment, one layoff at a time. As organizations recover and rebuild, the L&D function is more critical than ever. L&D can help companies effectively address the post-layoff challenges such as retaining and reskilling remaining employees, enhancing productivity and engagement, and rebuilding organizational culture.

The L&D function can play a vital role in navigating the aftermath of a layoff. When companies lose employees, emotions run high and leaders tend to focus on business results first. We believe that the L&D and HR functions have the opportunity to help right-side companies by bringing their people back to the forefront.

This session aims to create a safe space where L&D professionals can share their insights and experiences and leave with ideas for how to support their employees. We’ll use scenarios about real-world problems in post-RIF companies to dig into topics like the role of L&D, strategies for retaining key talent, and best practices in rebuilding a strong culture. Our goal is to inspire new ideas and give participants strategies to take back to their teams and rebuild a resilient and agile workforce.

In this session you will learn:

  • How the L&D function can help organizations navigate the post-layoff period and support employees through the transition
  • Strategies for retaining key talent and retraining employees to fill skill gaps, and how to measure the effectiveness of these initiatives
  • Best practices for rebuilding a solid organizational culture after a significant workforce reduction, including creating a shared purpose and values, and fostering a positive employee experience

Maggie Redling

Director of Talent Acquisition & Development


Maggie Redling is a director of talent acquisition & development at Booster, and she runs Wrestling With Talent with Coleman Williams. Maggie knew from a young age that learning was her calling. She was the young girl always playing teacher and, while her students have changed from stuffed animals to employees, her motivation to help others see potential in themselves hasn’t changed. Maggie’s research-minded brain helps teams choose the right intervention at the right time while her positivity allows her to build quick and meaningful relationships.

Coleman Williams

Director of Culture & Talent


Coleman Williams is a director of culture & talent at Booster. He started his career teaching high school students about business and has since found his passion for helping an organization focus on the future and build a learning culture. It is his role to develop, fine-tune, and implement talent processes and tools to align with business strategy and improve employee experiences. And, in 2020, he joined forces with his tag-team partner, Maggie Redling, to open the doors of Wrestling With Talent.