This episode is about an all-volunteer support network for L&D professionals called L&D Cares. L&D Cares was created in April 2020 to offer a voice of support, unity and caring to those who have experienced job disruption or loss due to the pandemic. However, the community is open to any L&D professional interested in reframing or reinventing their careers – or who would like to support others to do this.
I’m joined by L&D Cares Founding Director Brandon Carson, along with co-directors Jennifer Rogers and Elizabeth Lembke. We take a look behind the scenes at the three L&D Cares activity streams which are a coaching cohort, career growth summit and virtual programming.
While L&D Cares is about enabling change one person at a time, they also have a much larger ambition. They want to change the industry dynamic around career development and talent acquisition. They are growing an inclusive network of people from a wide range of roles across the industry including recruiters, candidates, HR technology providers and talent researchers to work on this big goal.
I recorded this episode at 5am my time. It was a joyful start to my day, and I’d like to thank Brandon, Jennifer and Elizabeth for the warmth, compassion and dedication with which they are supporting their L&D colleagues. This is truly a delightful, optimistic and important conversation about much needed industry change.
In addition to listening to this episode, take a look at the L&D Cares website for more information – and consider joining the network either to access support, to offer it or simply be part of making a change in the industry dynamic.