About the Author – Starting a Talent Development Program

About the Author

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for more than 30 years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences, and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune. She is the author and editor of more than 75 books, and received national awards for two of them.

Among her extensive body of published work are many ATD titles, including the flagship publication, The ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development (2014). Other ATD titles include The Art and Science of Training (2017), Change Management Training (2016), New Supervisor Training (2015), The Book of Road-Tested Activities (co-published with Pfeiffer, 2011), ASTD Leadership Handbook (2010), ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer (2009), 10 Steps to Successful Training (2009), ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals (2008), and Thriving Through Change: A Leader’s Practical Guide to Change Mastery (2007).

Elaine specializes in helping leaders maximize their effectiveness. Customizing her work for individual clients, she conducts strategic planning sessions and implements corporate-wide systems, such as quality improvement, change management, re-engineering of business processes, and mentoring programs. Elaine is a consummate training professional, facilitating training on a wide range of workplace and business topics. She is particularly adept at turning dysfunctional teams into productive ones. As a management consultant, trainer, and designer, she provides services globally to public- and private sector organizations to prepare them for current challenges.

A longtime volunteer for ATD, Elaine has served on the association’s national board of directors, was the recipient of the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, the 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and the 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. In 2012, she was the inaugural CPLP Fellow Program Honoree from the ATD Certification Institute. Elaine was instrumental in compiling and revising the CPLP study guides. She wrote the first ASTD Training Certificate Program and has designed five additional certificate programs. She was the 1995 Wisconsin Women Entrepreneur’s Mentor Award recipient, and has served on the Independent Consultants Association’s Advisory Committee, and the Instructional Systems Association board of directors. Elaine is currently a member of the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) board of governors and is the chair for CCL’s Research, Evaluation, and Societal Advancement Committee.