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Creating more opportunities for ‘A-ha moments’

By Ashfield Meetings & Events


Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare plc – the global event management company specialising in healthcare – has announced a focus on further supporting the developmental journey of employees.

Already invaluable to Ashfield Meetings & Events US, former Account Director, Jennifer Perry, will combine her logistical and educational background in a new role – Director of Training and Recruitment, US.

Jennifer Perry’s new role is centred around supporting the developmental journey of employees. Her oversight of recruitment, on boarding, training and development, will allow her to become the architect for how employees are exposed to learning and development, and motivated and encouraged to develop into future leaders of the organisation.

“We recognise the importance of creating a community of engaged employees who learn from one another, and are actively involved in critical thinking and problem solving,” explains Jennifer. “My role will concentrate on enhancing this by identifying ways to enhance engagement for training modules and workshops.”

With a career spanning over 20 years working across a wide variety of industries, both agency and association, Jennifer’s strengths are highly regarded by her managers and colleagues.

“The fast paced nature of the pharmaceutical meetings and events industry requires a flexible training and development programme to ensure we support all account teams, roles and levels within our organisation,” explains Sian Pedersen, VP of Operational Excellence, US. “Jenn’s strong operational background, deep understanding of our Ashfield business, and experience in both recruitment and training, will enable her to recruit, on board and train new employees throughout their Ashfield career, as well as support managers in the ongoing development of their teams.”

Jennifer Perry has continually shared her expertise throughout her career with Ashfield, across various initiatives aimed at developing staff, such as Future Focus (created to identify individuals with the potential to fill future, critical roles), LEAD Managers training (Leadership Excellence and Development programme designed to provide professional development geared towards supporting mid-level management) and hard and soft skills training sessions.

“We understand how vital it is for all employees to feel valued, supported and inspired to be the best they can be – creating those ‘A-ha moments’ when they recognise they’ve learned something new or valuable and are fulfilling their potential,” adds Jennifer. “I’m so excited to expand our training and development programmes in order to see more of those ‘A-ha moments’ across the business."

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