Case Study Overview

Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science with a commitment to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer through innovative products and technologies. While the world stopped in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thermo Fisher Scientific sprang into action, delivering life-saving testing and vaccine technology. With approximately 80,000 employees globally, the organization needed an innovative — and completely virtual — way to continue to develop high-potential leaders during the pandemic.

The Global Talent Development team tasked long-time partner Entelechy with creating an entirely virtual version of the organization’s proven leadership development program for high-potential leaders, Developing Emerging Leaders, which originally included virtual instructor-led training, instructor-led classroom training, self-paced learning, performance-based application plans, networking opportunities, and the development of personal leader brands — all spread over two to three months, with a three-day in-person workshop serving as the program’s cornerstone learning event.

The challenge in 2020 was to take that rich, dynamic, multi-faceted learning experience and reimagine it into a fully virtual training program, while still achieving the program’s overarching — and ambitious — learning objectives that centered around preparing the next generation of the organization's leaders.

Leveraging an easily accessible and cost-efficient virtual platform, Developing Emerging Leaders-Virtual establishes a common leadership framework and culture for high-potential leaders across the global organization, allowing Thermo Fisher Scientific to continue innovating and delivering life-saving research and technology to the scientific community.

The program received two Gold HCM Excellence Awards from Brandon Hall Group for Best Advance in Leadership Development and Best Advance in Senior Manager Development. The program is also nominated for Chief Learning Officer’s Learning in Practice Award.

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