Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Leah Cridlin | Training & Development Specialist, Balluff, Inc.

Developing a Sales Trainee Program from the Inside Out
11:45 - 12:15p; 12:30 - 1:00p (Whitacre)


Is your company ready for the future? Are you hiring for tomorrow? Are you making an investment in your team for future growth? In this session I will share how my company developed a Sales Trainee Program for the future growth of our sales force. By training on the inside, the employees were deployed with knowledge, relationships and a development plan to ensure their success on the outside in their assigned territory.

      About Leah Cridlin

      Leah Cridlin has 21 years of diverse experience in training & development. She earned her degree in Organizational Training & Development and has dedicated her career to training & learning. Her experiences include developing & facilitating training for The Department of Army family member programs, the coordination of continuous educational seminars, writing & facilitating medical technical training, facilitating train the trainer seminars, and much more. Leah joined Balluff, Inc. just over 2 ½ years ago as their Training & Development Specialist, where she is responsible for internal employee training.

      Q&A

      How did you get started in your field?
      I was volunteer CORE/Master Training with a program titled, Army Family Team Building for the Department of Army. I loved improving processes, training & motivating people and decided, this was the career that was meant for me.

      What 3 words describe you best, personally or professionally?
      Dedicated, Organized and Determined

      What did you want to be when you grew up? OR If you didn't do what you do now, what profession would you choose?
      I wanted to be a Dancing Teacher when I grew up. Now, I would love to own a Bed & Breakfast to encompass everything I love to do, gardening, cooking, baking and entertaining.

      What is a piece of advice you would share with emerging professionals?
      A piece of advice that was given to me many years ago by my Director. If you are bringing me a problem, bring at least two solutions. She said we would work together to find the best resolution.

      What is one of your greatest accomplishments?
      My dedication and support to my husband of 37 years, through his 20 years in the military and now 18 + as a police officer, raising our two sons, and watching them raise their own families. It may not sound like much to some, but to me it is one of my greatest accomplishments.

      What are you looking forward to the most at this year's conference?
      Networking and choosing my own professional development opportunities.

      What is a talent you have that is unrelated to the work you do?
      I decorate cakes.

      What excites you most about the topic you will be sharing at the conference?
      I know that it is a good solid model for a training program. I’m excited that my company, Balluff, cares and understands the value of investing in our training programs, which is an investment in the future of Balluff.

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