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Doris M. Sims Spies, SPHR is an international Talent Review and Succession Planning consultant, speaker and author.

Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, and The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator’s Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs, which are all available on Doris is also the co-author of Building Tomorrow’s Talent: A Practitioner’s Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning. These books together are all top sellers on Amazon on the topics of talent and succession management. Doris is an Approved Provider of the HR Certification Institute.

Doris works with organizations of all types, shapes, and sizes, and in various countries (in the USA, South America, Asia and Europe) to assist experienced HR professionals as they plan, execute, communicate and measure talent review and succession strategies and processes. Doris enjoys training and coaching HR teams to facilitate Talent Review-Succession Planning meetings. View multiple training options for your HR team to plan and facilitate Talent-Succession meetings at

Additionally, Doris works with business executives to create succession plans. This process includes working with the incumbent leader to identify success competencies for the position and to identify potential successor candidates. The process would then include identifying competency strengths and gaps for potential successors, and to create leadership transition and development action plans.

Contact Doris at for information about talent-succession workshops, webinars, presentations, communication materials and consulting services.

Doris has also contributed articles to other books and multiple periodicals, including The Talent Management Handbook, Training Magazine, Talent Management Magazine, and The Consultant’s Toolkit. Doris has served as the frequent USA and international speaker since 1999, providing presentations and training sessions in Europe, South America and in Asia as well as in cities across the USA. In 1996, Doris received the Outstanding Performers in Training Management award, in the category of “Establishing a New Training Function”, from Lakewood Publications. Doris’ talent management work as a practitioner at Caremark was also featured in a Corporate Leadership Council best practices publication.

Training and Organizational Development Certifications for Doris Sims Spies

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources – the HR Certification Institute (SPHR)
  • Certified PDI 360-Degree Survey Facilitator (Personnel Decisions International)
  • Certified Talent Development Facilitator (Novations)
  • Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator (Franklin Covey Leadership Center)
  • Certified Quality Action Teams Facilitator
  • Certified Social Styles-Building Relationship Versatility Facilitator (Wilson Learning)
  • Certified Countdown – Project Management Facilitator (Paradigm Learning)
  • Certified Novations 360-Degree Feedback Facilitator (Novations)
  • Qualified Strong Career Interest Inventory Assessment Facilitator
  • Qualified Meyers-Briggs Type Inventory Coach

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Connect with Doris at or at 214-906-3155.
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