The owner and CEO of Plastipak Packaging had a vision: establish a corporate university that would increase the company's bench strength, specifically by deepening the technical expertise of associates who work with Plastipak's proprietary blow-molding equipment. His charge to the learning team? Develop and launch Plastipak Academy to fulfill this need.
Driven by a passion for business alignment, Diane Hinton and her team proposed a corporate university model that would meet not only the CEO's initial priority, but would also touch a variety of other prevailing business needs the company was facing. Upon executive approval, the learning team leaped forward with the plan - and within just a few months of the Academy's launch, the corporate steering team had moved from simply endorsing the model to truly embracing it. It had become clear that the Academy was not just about training, but about equipping leaders to grow the business.
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