A passion for talent. An infectious, winning attitude. Someone who can be counted on to get results.
These are just a few of the qualities attributed to Elizabeth Calder, director of leadership development at Suffolk. In his recommendation letter, Suffolk Head of Learning and Development Stephen Ratt even said, “She is the embodiment of Suffolk’s core values of passion, integrity, hard work, professionalism and caring.”
In her nine years with Suffolk, Calder, 30, has been an integral member of the construction company’s learning and development team. She leads Career Start, a rotational program focused on training and developing the next tier of company leaders, as well as Suffolk’s internship program. These are critical to sourcing and developing the organization’s future talent and leadership pipeline.
According to Suffolk Chief People and Learning Officer Dave DeFilippo, before Calder’s leadership of these programs, they were haphazard and disorganized. Under Calder’s direction they began to thrive, thanks to her implementation of a multiyear strategic plan. She also enacted measurement processes for Career Start, which show, over three years, a 94 percent graduation rate leading to placement in a permanent role, 87 percent of program participants retained and a more diversified demographic.
Because of her track record of success, Calder’s role recently was expanded. She now also leads Suffolk’s two high-potential programs: Leadership Accelerator and Emerging Talent Series.
“Not only is Liz a game changer for Suffolk, she is going to change the game for the HR, learning and the talent field,” DeFilippo said.
— Ashley St. John