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The Leader’s Edge–Preparing for Promotion

Have you ever promoted someone who just didn’t work out at their new management role? Often this occurs because we do not have the right process in place to identify the right person for the position. In this dynamic workshop you will learn how to recognize high potential candidates and prepare them for promotion. We will discuss how to build a program to successfully move a person from a non-management role into management.

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Guest Speakers:

Crystal Kohanke, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, ACC, is the SVP & Chief People Officer for Arkansas Children’s Health System.  Her previous roles include Group Vice President, Human Resources for CHRISTUS Health and SVP, Human Resources for Harland Clarke Holdings Corp.

With 15+ years of executive Human Resources Leadership experience, Crystal is an innovative professional who has excelled in various diverse organizations and industries to include healthcare, education, marketing services, and the financial sector.  Her experience includes service and manufacturing organizations both domestically and internationally.  She is a results-focused leader and a proven relationship builder with progressively extensive roles and responsibilities.

Crystal has received recognition awards to include the DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council and the National Diversity Council; and, was the recipient of the Women Leadership Award in the corporate executive category by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Crystal is married to Bradley Kohanke and is the mother of 2 boys.  Shawn currently serves in the USAF and Ian is a student at Stephen F. Austin University.  Crystal earned a BBA in Accounting from St. Mary’s University and her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management Systems from Chapman University.  She holds certifications in Human Resources and Coaching.

Amanda R. Nipper currently serves as the Director of Culture, Talent, and Performance for Arkansas Children’s, Inc. Since 2018, she has led a team of Organizational Development and Learning Professionals that oversee Employee Engagement, Leadership and Professional Development, and Talent Management from New Hire Orientation to Succession Planning.

Prior to joining the team at Arkansas Children’s, she worked in various capacities for the Delta Regional Authority, and independent federal agency, from 2010 to 2017. Her most loved role included four years as Director of the Delta Leadership Institute, thinking strategically with three partner universities and Delta Regional Authority leadership to execute a comprehensive training and certification experience for 50 leaders representing the eight states that make up the Delta region. Amanda’s passion for public service and training was first inspired through her experience as a full-time Corps Member and Senior Corps Member with City Year Little Rock—an AmeriCorps Program, whose mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship.

An Arkansas native, Amanda grew up in Little Rock and was a 1999 graduate of Little Rock Central High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Arkansas and recently completed her master’s degree in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Amanda also currently serves her community as Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and is a Past President of the Junior League of Little Rock. She and her husband, Stephan “Brother” Nipper, live in Little Rock and are active members of Second Presbyterian Church.

The Leader’s Edge series of virtual workshops


Apr 19 2022


Central Time
9:00 am - 10:00 am






Online via Zoom