Divining Talent


Airdate: July 14, 2017

Becky Winkler is a corporate psychologist who identifies and develops executive talent. She works with private equity, asset management and business clients throughout the world. She has led research on learning agility and predictors for executive success in collaboration with leading universities. Becky has conducted over a thousand executive-level assessments and coached numerous executives to breakthrough performance. It is the profound connection and meaningful perspectives she shares with others that inspires her work. Becky helps people more fully realize themselves - their talents, skills and aspirations - whether in her professional life traveling the globe or as board chair of a local chapter of a network of college-preparatory public charter schools serving students in educationally underserved communities. She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in psychology, women's studies and Chinese from the University of Georgia Honors Program. She earned an M.A and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from DePaul University.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the art and science of assessing executive talent, and the trade-offs of a business consultancy life 'up in the air.'


  • Becky explains her process for identifying and recommending talent to private equity and corporate clients.

  • She shares the aspect of her work that is a constant playground.

  • She discusses the five enabling elements of learning agility and the one disabling element that gets in our way.

  • Becky assesses her own talents as a corporate psychologist and working with clients who are 'masters of the universe.'

  • She shares how reading people professionally is very different than reading people personally.

  • Becky reflects on the impact of losing loved ones and their continued presence in her life.

  • She discusses the particular challenges women executives have in their path to success.

  • Becky shares the trade-offs of living life 'up in the air.'

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.