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Alice Waagen, Workforce Learning

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Alice Waagen, PhD, is president and founder of Workforce Learning LLC, a leadership-development company that since 1997 has provided managers and C-level executives with the skills and knowledge they need to build a more productive work environment.

Prior to founding Workforce Learning, Alice served as senior director of corporate training for Amtrak in Washington, DC, and director of education, training, and development for Freddie Mac in McLean, VA. In both of those positions, Alice created and implemented workplace-development programs that served her internal clients from the shop floor to the executive suite.

Alice has a passion for working with organization leaders to identify their successful HR programs and practices as well as to develop new programs that increase leader effectiveness. In the past three years, more than 125 leaders from 24 different organizations have graduated from Alice’s unique leadership-development workshop series.

Alice is frequently called on to present on topics of organizational learning best practices. She has spoken at the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) annual conference, numerous chapter meetings of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFFP), and the American Legal Association (ALA). She has facilitated strategic leadership offsite for a number of Metro DC organizations, including the Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), Haynes Boone Inc., McNeil Technology, Horizon Corporation, and US AID.

Alice earned a BS in Education from the New York State College at Buffalo, and MS and PhD degrees in Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Giving back to the community is also important to Alice. She currently serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, Northern VA, as well as on the advisory board for Marymount University Reston Campus Graduate and Adult Education Programs.

For more information, contact Alice:
• By phone: (703) 834-7580
• By email: alice@workforcelearning.com
• On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alicewaagen
• On Facebook: www.facebook.com/alice.waagen

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