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The TALON Challenge

The TALON Leadership Transformation Challenge is a real-world simulation and immersive learning experience, placing your team right into a significant, unexpected event. How well do you and your team assess risk and manage crisis? Would you be prepared in the event of a hurricane, a terrorist attack, an environmental catastrophe, or a mass riot? These events, though not expected, can and do occur, and what makes the difference is how you and your team are prepared to face them.

The TALON Challenge develops collaboration while under fatigue, impossible deadlines, stress, and even life or death scenarios. Techniques and strategies used by the military, emergency responders, and Homeland Security are studied and taught at some of the most exclusive resort and spa locations in the country.

Event facilitators are experts from Homeland Security, the US Military, FBI, Secret Service, and other cutting-edge institutions. This unique experience will teach you world-class crisis management skills applicable for the crises that you may expect or never even see coming.

For more information, visit the TALON Challenge site.

Download your free copy of the TALON Executive White Paper, "What are the Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make in a Crisis?", available from Leadership expert, Dr. Jim Harris.

Preview Patrick Ropella's new book, The Right Hire, outlining the SMART system.

"The Right Hire offers a great perspective on a critical topic! Using the principles and practices set forth in The Right Hire will mean the difference between success and failure."

Marshall Goldsmith
Million-selling author of the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There


"'Physician heal thyself.' This biblical mandate was never more true than today. The biggest healthcare initiative in our country's history is underway, but it is woefully mismanaged on many levels. Patrick Ropella's current book, The Right Hire gives us proven principles and focused strategies to identify, attract, motivate and measure talent in any field, but especially where it is needed most - the muscle-bound world of managing the deliverance and effectiveness of healthcare and wellness. If you need relief fast, read and put into practice what's in this book."

Gerry Roche
SR. Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

The Future of Leadership

Is true leadership defined only by competency and what you do? Why do most leaders fail at the execution stage?

In this powerful and energizing 90-minute Executive Briefing,
Dr. Jim Harris crystallizes 25 years of research, consulting, and leadership transformation experience and clarifies how tomorrow's best leaders will take themselves and their teams to a higher level of success and significance. Guests will learn the 4 vital virtues of tomorrow's great leaders, along with strategies, tactics, and tools they can immediately execute as principles in their daily lives.

Don't miss this powerful executive briefing sponsored by Ropella! For more information, visit The Future of Leadership's page!

Ropella Expands Publication Reach

Ropella continues to publish articles and insightful white papers on a variety of topics from hiring practices to leadership strategies.

Recently, Ropella has begun contributing to Specialty Chemicals Magazine and to Clinical Leader. Reading and publishing in industry magazines and journals is important to Ropella, because staying informed about the industries we serve is important. Additionally, the Ropella Group was featured in an issue of Natural Awakenings for environmental efforts made in the way of recycled materials, undertaken at Ropella corporate headquarters.

Coming Soon:
Ropella Minute!

The Ropella Group is excited to announce the soon arrival of Ropella Minute, a unique and sharp way to package 25 years of experience in the Executive Search field in short and sweet snippets of vital information that you need to grow your career and company. Each Ropella Minute will consist of a 60-second video and companion blog post with a recommended resource for additional information. Keep an eye out for these Ropella Minutes coming soon!


December 2011

SOCMA's Celebrates 90 Years with Annual Dinner & Membership Meeting

On December 5th, join SOCMA for a celebration of 90 years in service! SOCMA's Annual Dinner is a time for industry leaders to come together with their VIP customers and colleagues to celebrate the past year's successes and the New Year ahead. Held in New York City for nearly 90 years, the evening provides networking, excellent food, SOCMA's donation to the ACS Scholars Program and an awards ceremony honoring winners of SOCMA's Performance Improvement Awards. The evening ends with a performance by an entertaining comedian. For more information, visit SOCMA's Event Page.

Strategic Partnership with iRespond

Ropella is pleased to announce a new, strategic partnership with iRespond. iRespond is a designer and manufacturer of superior technology solutions for the education and training industries.

Learn more about iRespond >>

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Recent Placements

While the economy remains uncertain, Ropella continues to place top professionals in key positions for industry-leading companies. Congratulations to the individuals below on their new roles and to the companies who gained these professionals!

Warwick Chemicals
NAFTA Business Director

Global VP of R&D

VP of R&D, Oilfield - China

Micro Powders
Technical Director

Roquette America
Industrial Sales Rep.

S.W. Sales Rep.

Global Key Account Manager

Afton Chemical Corp.
Sr. Research Chemist

Join Ropella's Social Networks!

In addition to reading our Ropella Blogs, you can now Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, and Connect with us on LinkedIn!

Let's Get Together

We're planning on attending upcoming industry events:

CSPA's Annual Meeting
December 4-8, Fort Lauderdale, FL

SOCMA’s 90th Annual Dinner and Annual Membership Meeting
December 5, New York, NY

SCC Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase
December 8-9, New York, NY

2012 International CES
January 10-13, 2012 London, UK

ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention
January 30 - February 4, 2012 Orlando, FL

Solar Exposed
February 14-16, Long Beach, CA

February 16-17, New Orleans, LA


If you're planning on attending, let us know and we'll get together and review your recruiting, retention and development strategies.



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