Episode Description

Linda Valente is the Director of Training and Employee Development at the non-profit, CDD, or Center for Developmentally Disabled. Here Linda and her organization provide much-needed residential care services and day habilitation to adults with developmental disabilities across the greater Kansas City, MO area. Linda is the first person in her position, laying the foundation for supporting not just their residents, but their caregivers.

Linda has worked in the Learning & Development field for 14 years now and holds two master's degrees in Adult Education and Family Therapy. Outside of academics, Linda is a lover of music. She is a part-time vocal instructor and currently studying to become a voice over artist. But most important to Linda is her female-dominated family with two daughters and two granddaughters, with her first grandson on the way! 

Talking Points: 

  • How Linda got into training and development
  • Center for Developmentally Disabled information
  • Importance of "listening tours"
  • How can L&D positions help employees reach their full potential
  • Dealing with failure
  • Tips to decompress the mind
  • How can talent leaders best position themselves for their own growth within a company
  • The power and importance of vulnerability and creating psychological safety
  • Servant leadership model
  • Defining success
  • How to make "others-focused" a leadership/business practice
  • Tips for building relationships
  • Watch-outs for psychological safety


Episode Transcript

Tom Finn

Tom Finn

Podcaster & Co-Founder

Tom Finn (he/him) is an InsurTech strategist, host of the Talent Empowerment podcast, and co-founder and CEO of an inclusive people development platform.