Mary FarrellSenior Leader, R&D Supply Chain Learning Academies
The Hershey Company
Mary Farrell is currently the Senior Manager of R& D and Supply Chain Learning Academies at the Hershey Company. Prior to joining Hershey in 2012, Mary spent the majority of her career in Learning & Development leadership roles at IBM where she achieved many internal and external awards, including an ASTD Excellence in Practice Citation.
Mary specializes in innovative learning design and performance consulting. She has extensive experience in linking human resource development programs to the strategic direction of the business and achieving measurable results.
During her time at Hershey, Mary has been responsible for introducing the company’s first competency model and integrating it into key HR processes, such as Career Development Planning and Performance Management. The Career Development program was recognized through a Brandon Hall Gold Award. Recently she has been responsible for launching two functional learning academies and for designing all learning for a new “green field” manufacturing facility.
Mary is an alumna of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a selective leadership and corporate social responsibility initiative. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, and currently resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania.