Log in

  • Home
  • Lunch & Learn @ Whole Foods (SOLD OUT)

Lunch & Learn @ Whole Foods (SOLD OUT)

  • 16 Mar 2012
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Whole Foods Market 601 N. Lamar, Austin 78703


For questions about this event, email programs@austinastd.org.
Austin Companies of Excellence: 
Whole Foods Market

A Case Study in Building Engagement
Through Professional Development

Unfortunately we won't be able to accommodate walk-ins
at this particular event.

Whole Foods Market

Program Description:

Whole Foods Market (WFM) on Lamar is not only the coolest place to get groceries in downtown Austin...it's also the corporate headquarters for this rapidly-growing global retailer. 

During its journey from one small store in Austin to now more than 300 stores - and counting - worldwide, WFM has employed innovative approaches to creating a culture of engagement, motivation and professional growth. Perhaps that's why it consistently shows up in the top quartile of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.

Join us for lunch - ONSITE at WFM's CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS - and learn more about WFM's best practices in employee development.

Topics covered will include:

  • Aligning training programs to your organization's core values and mission
  • Building a culture of learning and development
  • Utilizing the potential of a learning management system (LMS) to support Team Member development and growth
Workplace Learning & Performance Competencies:·    

  • Talent Management
  • Designing Learning
  • Managing Organizational Knowledge

Click here for more about ASTD's WLP Competency Model.

Lunch Details

Be sure to come hungry! Lunch will be prepared by WFM's on-site catering team: 

Option 1: House-made Chicken Sausage “Meatballs” 
Fennel and garlic chicken sausage meatballs, oven baked and served in marinara sauce.

Option 2: Cheese Tortellini with Watercress Sauce (vegetarian)
Tri-colored ricotta filled tortellini served in a creamy watercress and chervil cream sauce

Each entree is served with Sicilian Style Kale (vegan), seasonal garden salad, two dressings, artisan bread basket with daily spread, lemonade, and dessert. 

About the Speakers:

Leisha Barnette and Vaishali Jadhav are Senior Trainers at Whole Foods Market. They believe strongly in a culture of supporting the individual in an organization.

Vaishali Jadhav (left) and Leisha Barnette (right)

Leisha (pictured right) came to Whole Foods Market after an extensive career in sales and training, plus a background in psychology, nutrition, and healthy living.

She believes the sum of individuals -- their mindsets, and their views on life -- are core components of an organization, and that the organization’s success ultimately depends on that...more today than ever, as transparency via social networking gives customers a window into companies and their employees.

Leisha lives in Austin, where she enjoys yoga, the world of food, the art of healthy living, cycling, and crafting with her family on their small farm. 


Vaishali (pictured left) came to Whole Foods Market after receiving her MBA and working in training and organizational development in Washington, D.C.

She has a passion for helping individuals apply their natural talents and strengths in the workplace. At Whole Foods Market, she looks for opportunities to leverage her business background, talent-based philosophy, and passion for Team Member development to design programs that create a win-win-win learning environment!

Vaishali also lives in Austin, where she enjoys cooking, exploring Austin with friends, and mending her heart after every University of Texas Longhorn football season.

CHIP Code: CH7059 | Use for every purchase at the ATD Store

PO Box 13324
Austin, TX 78711

Media Policy: By attending events, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the event. You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by attending events.

Event Registration and Cancellation Policy: ATD Austin has implemented Event Registration and Cancellation Policy for its paid events. Event registration fees should be paid online by credit/debit card at the time of registration. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact administration@tdaustin.org. All cancellations are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact ATD Austin.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software