TM5: American Cancer Society’s Journey to Becoming a Self-Developing Organization

American Cancer Society's Journey to Becoming a Self-Developing Organization

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Friday 07 October
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The American Cancer Society is built on the passion of their people. While their people bring to work a natural enthusiasm for what they do, ACS recognized the need to keep their 6,000+ geographically dispersed employees and over 2.5 million volunteers engaged, informed and dedicated. They set out to redefine a culture of growth that empowers employees and volunteers throughout the organization to pursue their own self-directed path for development and create a vision for career growth within the organization – keeping their people engaged and inspired. ACS has also set their sights on ensuring they attract, nurture and reward top talent to optimize performance and create a pipeline of leaders to keep American Cancer Society’s vision strong as they evolve. See how ACS began their journey towards becoming a Self-Developing Organization, an approach that embraces the notion of making it incredibly simple for every role in the organization to be continuously connected to personalized learning, development and career advancement opportunities so they can be better at their job today while preparing for the next step in their career.


Angela Rose

Director, Talent Process and Systems
American Cancer Society


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Angela Rose

Angela Rose is the Director of Talent Process & Systems in the Talent Infrastructure group of Talent Strategy for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Angela leads a team of staff who are responsible for ensuring HR processes and systems are meeting organizational needs.
Angela has been with ACS for 16 years and has been instrumental in major enterprise solution implementations, including ADP’s Enterprise HRMS, SumTotal’s Learning and Performance Management, PeopleFluent’s Recruitment Management, and ADP’s Enterprise eTime. Prior to joining ACS, Angela was a software implementation consultant and project manager for an integrated HR, benefits, and payroll solution provider with clients in Atlanta, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Angela holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She holds two HR certifications: Sr. Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) and the SHRM-SCP certification.

John Ambrose

SVP, Strategy
SumTotal a Skillsoft Company


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John Ambrose

John Ambrose is general manager, SumTotal (a Skillsoft company), which is a leading provider of HCM solutions globally. Previously, Ambrose was Skillsoft’s senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business since 2007. Prior to that he served as vice president and general manager of Books24x7, a subsidiary of Skillsoft and the developer of online Referenceware® which he co-founded. Books24x7 was acquired by Skillsoft in December 2001. Ambrose has more than 23 years experience in executive, international business development, web marketing and software marketing roles. Prior to Books24x7, he held executive positions including CEO of DeltaPoint, a NASDAQ-listed web tools software firm in Monterey, CA, and vice president of corporate marketing for SystemSoft, a firmware company based in Natick, MA. He spent 10 years with Phoenix Technologies Ltd where he co-founded and was vice president, marketing and business development, of Phoenix Publishing Systems, a worldwide software publishing business unit that in 1994 was acquired by Softbank of Japan. He began his career in 1984 in marketing at Cullinet Software.