John Sparks

Senior Director, Shared Services World Vision International

John currently serves as the Senior Director of Shared Services at World Vision International, a Christian non-profit helping poor children in nearly 100 countries. 

Established in Costa Rica in 2014, the SS team has grown to over 150 people with additional primary offices in the Philippines and Ghana.  He began his career training in Naval ROTC at the University of Kansas and spent the next 12 years serving as a Surface Warfare Officer on active & reserve duty.  After completing an MBA at UC Irvine, he joined Beckman Coulter where he managed multiple teams in finance and IT for over 8 years.  He then led finance transformation at Experian for 4 years, before being called to join WVI.  He is a CMA, CFM, and lean six-sigma black belt.


In his free time, John manages his own small business that provides parking & transportation services to veterans; eats, drinks, and plays with his wife & three daughters; and watches every second of Kansas men's basketball.

Main Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

4:50 PM Talent Strategy - Retaining Employees in a Dynamic Marketplace

You have done all the hard work to find and hire the best talent...resume screening, interviews, practical exams, etc. Now that the team is in place, how do you keep them engaged and performing at a high level? In a Shared Services or Outsourced environment, this can be even more challenging due to the intentional separation from the business. Come learn about some strategies to overcome common challenges.

• Embrace core values
• Get to know the business
• Develop leaders at all levels

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