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UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education Offers HRTalks Event on Succession Planning

Free Panel Discussion Held on June 22 at UC Irvine; Must Register to Attend

IRVINE, Calif. – May 17, 2018 – Neglecting to prepare for internal succession planning can prove to be fatal for organizations. The costs of not preparing for transitions in executive roles are incredibly high. On Friday, June 22, from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m., the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) will host a free "HRTalks: Succession Planning Excellence" event on the UCI campus. Designed to provide information on how to cultivate a strong succession plan for organizations, this event will feature a keynote session and a Q&A panel with industry experts sharing best practices on supporting the development of the next generation of leaders.

“Transitioning executives can prove to be a costly process and unfortunately, too few companies are prepared with proper succession plans,” said Brian Breen, Director of Corporate Education at UCI DCE. “This HRTalks event will provide attendees with a look into what they need to know to be prepared for the future.”

Keynote speaker, Kevin Groves, Ph.D., is a professor, consultant and author of “Winning Strategies” and will present the key findings and practical applications on the topic of succession planning. He will also cover practical applications, tools and tips for enhancing executive succession outcomes. The Q&A panel will feature insights from:

• Emily Lundi, Director, Talent and Organization Development, Ingram Micro Inc.

• Jennifer McCusker, Sr. Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development, Blizzard Entertainment

• Sara Rogers, Manager, Talent Developmental & Programs, Western Digital Corporation

• Heather Virdo, Marketing Excellence Leader, Thermo Fisher Scientific

The event will be held from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. at the UCI Division of Continuing Education building in the Yosemite Ballroom at 510 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, Calif., 92697. All participants must register to attend. With parking being free, registration and breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. To register and/or to learn more about the event, please visit here.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit