Posted by Mona Amodeo, Ph.D. ● August 26, 2016

Episode 6 - A Talent Magnet

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is the attraction and retention of high quality talent.

This week, Julie Sheppard, a member of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) executive team, talked with us about what her organization has done to create a culture that has become a magnet for talent, and who happen to be some of the most sought-after research scientists in the world.

IHMC pioneers technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Its scientists and engineers investigate a broad range of topics related to building technological systems aimed at amplifying and extending human cognitive, physical and perceptual capacities. Artificial intelligence, robotics, human-centered computing, agile and distributed computing are just some of their areas of focus.

The organization has its roots in academia, first as part of the University of West Florida, and today as an independent statewide research institute affiliated with several Florida universities.

Since its inception in 1990, IHMC has grown into an internationally recognized research institute with campuses in Pensacola and Ocala, Florida.

While birthed in the world of academics, IHMC’s culture is far from traditional. According to Julie, this is one of the major factors for the organization’s success. Take a listen below to learn more.


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Topics: Culture, Core Dialogues Podcast, Organization Development