Darcie Zeilesko, Principal
Darcie brings two decades of business and learning & development experience to the table. As Head of Learning and Development for Heinz North America, Darcie was responsible for leadership development, organizational effectiveness, learning, instructional design, change management, performance management, succession planning and executive coaching. She worked for both Heinz World Headquarters and Heinz North America. Darcie was recruited by American Eagle Outfitters in 2013 and charged with building out the learning and development platform.
During her last five years at Heinz, the company was recognized as the industry leader for top talent with more than 30 quarters of consecutive growth and Darcie’s targeted development enabled leaders to better achieve strategic objectives. Darcie has extensive CPG industry knowledge spending 10 years in Supply Chain roles at Heinz before moving into learning and development during her last 12 years there. She brings retail experience through her role at American Eagle Outfitters.
During her tenure at Heinz, she led talent management for Latin American and the Middle East while leading global high potential programs across Europe, Asia, North America and Emerging Markets. She also served as a global executive coach for the organization. She specializes in working with global teams, change management, and customized company-wide coaching models and training. She has extensive experience in establishing both functional and leadership development corporate academies.
Graduating from Robert Morris College with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing, she also holds a number of certifications relevant to the field of development through the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Talent Management Institute, Pritchett change management, Development Dimensions International facilitation and talent selection, Crucial Conversations, Situational Leadership, 360 degree assessments through the Center for Creative Leadership, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and ghSmart Topgrading Talent Selection. She recently served a three year term as a Board Member for the non-profit Regional Learning Alliance in Pennsylvania – the region’s premier learning center.