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The Talent and Leadership Development Council(TLDC) comprises of Women Leaders in Data and AI(WLDA) members, serving in C-Suite roles at Fortune 1000 companies. These are senior-most Information Technology and Human Resource executives inspiring innovation and change at their organizations and accelerating the progress of technology as an operational edge and a competitive advantage. This vision is achieved by effectively recruiting, positioning, developing and empowering WLDA members in their enterprises.

Who We Are

WLDA is a global leadership organization created out of the passion for data, analytics and artificial intelligence of its founder, Asha Saxena, and her desire to see more women in these critical fields.

Since its creation, WLDA has been a place to build authentic connections and lifelong relationships that bring members learning, success, and a direction in which to pay it forward.

TLDC is chaired by Mark Polansky who brings more than thirty years of experience in talent acquisition and community leadership as a co-founder, managing director and senior partner in the Technology & Digital Officers executive search practice at Korn Ferry – the world’s largest and most recognized human capital services and consulting firm.

Asha Saxena

CEO & Founder

Mark Polansky

Co-Founder, Senior Partner

Korn Ferry


The Talent and Leadership Development Council’s mission is to plan, design, implement and execute corporate programs designed to facilitate, enhance and enrich the employee lifecycle – from recruiting through acquisition, empowerment, development and retention for managers and technologists in the age of Data and Artificial Intelligence – all while focusing on diversity, equality and inclusivity with scalable impact – through WLDA resources. We believe that Talent plus Diversity, Equity and Inclusion drive Innovation.

Diverse Work Group


TLDC Members learn from experts and peers how to optimize the talent acquisition and development lifecycle of Data & AI professionals.

Recruit & Acquire

  • Formulate and drive effectiveness of TDLC member recruiting activities

  • Exchange ideas and best practices for organizational branding and messagingorganizational branding and messaging

  • Engage with WLDA women to promote the TLDC member firm as an employer of choicemember firm as an employer of choice

Train & Develop

  • Provide developmental opportunities – internal, external and on-the-job

  • Evaluate educational offerings from academic institutions and other sources

  • Leverage peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge, experience and best practices

Engage & Retain

  • Exchange best practices; adapt peerxchange programs and initiatives

  • Provide effective reviews, career paths and succession planning for WLDA members

  • Participate in compensation studies, both internal and external to WLDA

  • Scale the member’s talent pipeline through active TLDC participation


Advisory Committee

Danielle Maurici-Arnone

Combe Inc.

Robin Gordon


Anjana Harve

Global Chief Digital & Information Officer
BJs Wholesale Club

Cyndy Stoddard

Senior VP and CIO

Kateau James

Global COO, Deloitte Technology

Ramesh Razdan

Global CIO
Bain & Co.

Earl Newsome

Cummins, Inc.

Adriana Quevedo

Global Head of Executive Search & Onboarding

Rosalind Johnson

SVP, Chief People Officer
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D.V. Williams

Chief People Officer at Match Group

Dr. Quintin McGrath

Board & Advisory Council Member

Gloria Samuels

Senior Managing Director

Shannon Pollack

Executive Recruiting Leader for Deloitte Global

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