Putting a New Twist on Learning at Black & Veatch

Like many enterprises, the pandemic caused Black & Veatch to pivot its leadership development strategy.


Black & Veatch has a 100-year legacy of innovation, and they don’t rest on their laurels.

As the employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting, and construction company continues to grow, Black & Veatch knows that providing opportunities for its leaders to grow, develop relationships, and live out company values is a priority  to maintain the momentum.

the challenge

How do you get the same value out of a virtual program when you’ve been so successful learning together?

Black & Veatch started its in-person Leadership Discovery Program (LDP) back in 2007, and everything was working well until COVID prevented leaders from six continents from travelling. Two months before 2020’s LDP was scheduled to begin, Black & Veatch turned to ExecOnline to help them keep this longtime program going despite the pandemic.

Working with ExecOnline, we were able to launch our Leadership Discovery Program with timely, relevant content while continuing to convert other parts of our program into a virtual offering. This allowed us to experiment with ways to adapt the program to support our global, distributed workforce in the future.Hyleme George, Direct of Talent Development


ExecOnline analyzed the LDP curriculum and discovered it closely aligned with an experience co-created with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As part of ExecOnline’s comprehensive insights and reporting, participants were surveyed before and after completing the program. There were significant gains in their capabilities to support others and communicate, which were key strategic priorities for Black & Veatch even before the training — and the world — went virtual.

  • 92% “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” that they can “shape the context in which I engage others to support my business goals”
  • 100% “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” that they can “communicate with others in a manner that builds trust, credibility, and engagement”

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