Doris is clearly a go-to succession, talent bench-strength expert. She has developed a program, process, and materials that go beyond the philosophical approach so often offered. She equips those who attend her workshop with everything they need to apply what they learn in a meaningful way, and she stands ready to support as needed. Her goal is to teach people to become self-sufficient.

Delta Emerson,

Doris is the foremost expert in creating true development of talent and maximization of that talent that inspires engagement of people. If you want to learn about excellent tools for building a top performer organization, this course and her materials deliver.

Barb Astler,, MedData

The practical application of this seminar far exceeded by expectations. I was delighted to see that the tools and processes that Doris shared and taught had applicability far beyond the talent review/succession planning process; but could be used as resources for ongoing development and coaching for our managers.

Russ Hall, First Interstate Bank

The 10-step planning approach created by Doris to launch a Talent Review/Succession Management stratgy within your organization, is a well-structured and transparent approach which I can strongly recommend.

2016 Workshop Participant

The content provided in Doris’ Talent Review-Succession Workshop is very detailed and practical, and connects every aspect of talent management. Doris’ experience in the world of talent management added lots of value to her facilitation of the workshop. I feel this is a must attend program for any talent management professional seeking to add value to their own personal career and to their organization.

Adebayo Akinloye, Learning and Talent Development Manager, DAL Group - North Africa

Doris Sims Spies is a true master of talent reviews and succession planning. Without hesitation, I highly recommend her to any person, whom, and any organization that, is serious about using best practice and evidence based methodology for succession planning. The best part for me, is that I now have a solid system, structure and process to implement into my organization. The two days were enjoyable, and evenly balanced between gaining information and engaging in group activities. Finally, she had numerous handouts, books, workbooks, etc. for you to use and take back to your job.

2015 Talent Review-Succession Workshop: Dr. Glen B. Earl

Doris is a true expert in Succession Planning! She lives it and breathes it, and it really shows when she’s talking about it. I gained a lot of practical advice during her training. She has a nice balance of strategy and practicality.

2013 Talent Review-Succession Virtual Course Participant

Even though much of my expertise is focused in the areas of talent management and succession planning, I was surprised by how many new things I learned in Doris’ workshop – she is truly a subject matter expert who genuinely enjoys sharing her knowledge!

Barbara Wilhelm

Doris has real expertise on the topic of succession planning. Her strategies are effective because they are based on real-world challenges. I recommend Doris for anyone seeking to acquire a working knowledge of how to establish and facilitate an SP process in their organization

2011 Boston Workshop Participant

“Doris delivers trainings with a personal touch, and shares useful and practical advice from her extensive experience. She takes efforts to remember the names and details about all the participants. She also facilitates with ease an open atmosphere for discussion, and brings interactivity into the classroom like no other.”

Ng Xinyao, Imperio Theme

The Succession Builders Workshop provides an excellent format for learning the “nuts and bolts” of building a talent management program. Doris Sims’ in-depth knowledge of succession planning and talent management is evident as she expertly leads participants through the course content.

Deborah L. Barnett, SPHR


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