Thursday, September 12

9:25 am - 10:05 am

What is potential?  What does high-potential look like?  Where do I start?

Over the years, psychologists have proposed and studied many models of potential.  In this session, Megan Leasher, Ph.D., will first review the research to identify the common factors across these models, with the goal of giving you a starting point for defining and measuring potential within your organization.

Next, you will find out how to take these common factors to establish what potential looks like within your organization.  Working together, we will build a list of personal, meaningful behaviors that capture key elements like your organization’s culture and values, leadership philosophies and what makes rockstar employees standout from the rest.

Finally, we will explore possibilities for transforming these behaviors into talent measurement tools that can be applied at key moments within the employee lifecycle.  Whether acquiring new talent, onboarding new leaders, assessing and/or retaining talent, Dr. Leasher will inspire you with ideas for identifying and measuring potential.

This session will appeal to both research aficionados and practitioners alike.  Join us for some easy takeaways to get you started!

During this session, you will:

  • Learn the common factors across models of potential
  • Discover how to curate a list of behaviors that establish a meaningful definition of potential for your organization
  • Get inspired to leverage these behaviors for talent measurement tools across the employee lifecycle

Megan Leasher, Ph.D.

Director of Talent, Growth and Development
Bon Secours Mercy Health

About Megan Leasher, Ph.D.

Dr. Megan Leasher is the Director of Talent, Growth and Development for Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.


With 48 hospitals, thousands of providers, over 1,000 points of care and 60,000 employees across two countries, Bon Secours Mercy Health one of the largest U.S. health care systems, as well as Ireland’s largest private health provider.  In her role, she leads talent management, including succession planning, performance management, upskilling talent for the future of work and the strategy for talent assessment and measurement.

Prior to her role at Bon Secours Mercy Health, Dr. Leasher led the People Science practice for Macy’s Inc. and served as a Senior Consultant for Chally Group Worldwide.  She has also led research initiatives for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Women in the Marketplace, a ministry for working women.  An avid speaker, she has presented at national and regional conferences, corporate meetings, universities and non-profit events.

Dr. Leasher’s awards include the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s Distinguished Early Career Contributions Practice Award, Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 and being honored as one of HR’s Rising Stars by Human Resource Executive Magazine, a national award presented to five HR professionals.  In addition, she received the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation’s Graduate Student Leader Award and the RHR International Outstanding Dissertation Award (on behalf of the Society of Consulting Psychology).  Dr. Leasher earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Wright State University.

Megan lives in Northern Kentucky, where she loves coffee, bourbon and Chuck Taylors.