CNY BEST Talent Development Awards

Posted on November 10, 2020

 

CNY BEST Talent Development Awards

The winners of the 13th Annual CNY BEST Talent Development Awardswere announced at CNY ATD’s CNY BEST Talent Development Awards Ceremony virtual event on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

CNY ATD annually presents the CNY BEST Talent Development Awards to recognize excellence in talent development in the Central New York area. Organizations that link talent development to the strategic growth or success of organizations and individuals are recognized as CNY's BEST in Talent Development.

For 2020, CNY ATD created the CNY BEST Resilience Award to showcase and share our community’s best in dealing with COVID-19 while recognizing excellence in talent development. Organizations were asked to describe their challenges resulting from the pandemic, how they overcame the challenges and what they see as their new normal. Nominees for the CNY BEST Resilience Awards include: AmeriCU Credit Union; Aspen Dental Management Inc.; Battisti Management Affiliates; CenterState CEO; Colgate University; Corning Incorporated; Haylor Freyer & Coon, Inc.; INFICON, Inc.; National Grid; OneGroup; Oneida Nation Enterprises, LLC; Ramboll; Suburban Propane; TDO (Train Develop Optimize); WISE Women's Business Center; and YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga Co. Inc.

A panel of local judges representing the talent development profession and the community evaluated the CNY BEST Resilience Award nominations for quality of talent development solutions to organization challenges. The distinguished panel of judges for the CNY BEST Resilience Awards included: Deborah Fiorini, Empower Federal Credit Union; David M. Goodness, Workforce Development Institute; Louise C. Hand, SHRM-SCP, Saab, Inc. and President, CNY SHRM; Theresa Jalowiec, SHRM-SCP, Northland Communications; Melissa McLean, Oracle and President Elect, CNY ATD; Debbie Morello, Morello & Associates; Joanne Rauch, CR Fletcher Associates; and Stacy Ward, Elmira Savings Bank.

CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Gold Award – National Grid

National Grid was recognized withthe CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Gold Award for linking talent development to their organization’s COVID-19 challenges with its Digital Learning Transformation. National Grid’s pandemic challenge was providing required annual training and qualifications or certifications to operate in compliance and still safely serve the needs of employees and customers. The company implemented a Digital Learning Transformation plan that increased online and distance learning including COVID-19 safety protocols, mobile-ready eLearnings and online pre-assessments, redesigns of instructor-led training courses to virtual instructor-led training, courses to teach better use of virtual platforms and best practices, virtual format train-the-trainer classes to help instructional staff better navigate their strategies and methodologies to a virtual environment, and a new Annual Regulatory Training video-based training library. The increase in online and distance learning, from 17% to 54%, resulted in a savings of over $250,000 in travel costs alone.

The Digital Learning Transformation that was started will continue to grow. As a hands-on company, there will always be a necessity to teach field employees how to use the tools and equipment they use in the field. But where topics can be identified that do not require the hands-on touch, the Digital Learning Transformation will continue to rise. Judges commented on the innovation shown to reduce hands-on compliance training with impressive results.    

CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Diamond Award – Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated was honored with the CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Diamond Award for linking talent development to their organization’s COVID-19 challenges with its Learning from Home Newsletter. The challenge Corning faced was making effective use of the workday for employees who could not work in the laboratories and pilot process lines due to the pandemic. Senior leadership decided to prioritize operational and administrative objectives for employees working from home. The company’s workforce was encouraged to write-up experiments, organize documents and most importantly, learn! A newsletter series called “Learning from Home” curated and highlighted webinar and eLearning resources for increasing technical understanding, professional growth and personal effectiveness, and resources for families searching for ways to pass the time during quarantine. One learning opportunity of community collaboration, curation and distribution with scientists, engineers and professors sharing their time and expertise for a glass science series ran daily over five weeks and drew over 300 attendees.  

Corning is continuing to distribute the newsletter, now just called “Learning” and has built a collaborative, self-service website that will function as a training catalogue and repository of past curated learning content and offerings to strengthen the community learning culture. Judges commended Corning for a clever, responsive learning solution to the pandemic challenge that has led to an impactful boost to the strategic learning culture for the company. 

CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Pearl Award - OneGroup

OneGroup was presented with CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Pearl Award for linking talent development to their organization’s COVID-19 challenges with its OneJourney Orientation Goes Virtual! Program. OneGroup faced the challenge of revamping a fully in-person and collaborative new team member orientation that largely relied on the company’s collaborative culture. The firm translated all-day face-to-face orientation days into virtual sessions that are much shorter in time frame and spread out over a longer period of time while still providing the team with the tools they need to be most successful as a member of OneGroup. They developed virtual collaboration with introductions, conversations and meet and greet sessions with Culture Ambassadors, CEO, various department heads, team members, business support team members and mentors. Building these relationships allows team members to feel that they have the full support of other more seasoned team members to contact should they need anything.

OneGroup will continue to provide training and development solutions to team members in a virtual environment where they can grow and develop skills in a productive manner, all while still providing the interaction and collaboration that is craved. Judges stated, “OneGroup showed that a collaborative culture with interactions can be done virtually.”

In addition to recognizing excellence in talent development practices, CNY ATD and CNY ATD members were acknowledged for national and local recognitions, and CNY ATD Scholarship Recipients were announced. 

Chapter Excellence Award

ATD (Association for Talent Development) recognized CNY ATD with a Chapter Excellence Award for Excellence in Strategic Partnership for its Employee Learning Awareness Program. ATD recognized CNY ATD for demonstrating the best effort in making a significant impact in the local community with its Employee Learning Awareness Program.

ATD noted, "CNY ATD broadened the scope and efforts of its Employee Learning Awareness Program by highlighting employee learning throughout the year. This broadening increased opportunities to advocate for and create awareness of employee learning, the talent development profession, and its role and impact on organization success. Through encouraged participation and the distinctive CNY Champions of Learning recognition, CNY ATD enhanced involvement by the local community in showcasing employee learning." Since 2008, CNY ATD has continued and broadened its efforts in creating awareness of employee learning in the local community. The involvement and CNY Champions of Learning recognition of organizations and individuals in the community who have highlighted employee learning has increased from 19 in 2008 to 158 in 2019.

Jennifer Homer, ATD’s VP of Communications stated, “The impact our chapters have in their local communities and in support of the talent development profession is impressive. Winning a Chapter Excellence Award shows the chapter’s level of dedication to meeting ATD’s mission of empowering talent development professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of others successfully.” 

CNY ATD Member Recognitions

ATD (Association for Talent Development) Recognitions

Melissa McLean, CNY ATD President Elect, was awarded an ATD Scholarship to attend the ATD Leaders Conference (ALC). ATD awards this scholarship to incoming chapter Presidents to support their transition into the new leadership role.  ALC strives to provide dedicated ATD chapter leadership volunteers a means to network with fellow chapter leaders, share best practices for running an ATD chapter and learn about new resources to support their chapter.  

Ken Steiger, Steiger Training and Development, was selected to be a judge for the 2019-2020 ATD Excellence in Practice Awards. The ATD Excellence in Practice Awards recognize practices across the full scope of talent development that have demonstrated clear and measurable results of achieving organizational goals, meet a demonstrated need, have appropriate design values, are clearly aligned with other performance improvement initiatives and have long-term, sustained results. 

Steven DeHart, CPTD, was selected by the ATD Certification Institute to assist in updating the talent development profession’s two certification programs, the APTD and CPTD. Steve assisted in analyzing the questions for the two exams which is a critical portion of the certification process. The Associate Director of the ATD Certification Institute praised Steve’s contribution as “important to the continued success and integrity of these certification programs for the next generation of talent development professionals.” 

Associate Professional in Talent Development

Deborah Elwood was recognized for achieving the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) designation, one of two credentials covering the talent development profession. Becoming APTD certified enhances a talent development professional’s credibility by recognizing that they have a strong grounding in the foundational knowledge of the talent development field and understand that well-designed talent development strategies and solutions contribute to organizational success. The process of being APTD certified centers on the core building bock capabilities as identified in the ATD Talent Development Capability Model. An individual must pass demanding eligibility standards and a knowledge exam to achieve this special designation. 

CNY ATD Scholarship Awards

Erin Cunia was awarded the CNY ATD Ken Steiger Leadership Scholarship. Erin is pursuing the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) designation. 

Pamela Baker Gratton, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, Maryann Deery, Liberty Resources, and Stacy Sturdevant, The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services, were awarded CNY ATD Train-the-Trainer Scholarships. 

Marlene Reynolds, Steuben County Department of Social Services and Schuyler County Department of Social Services, was awarded a CNY ATD Programs Scholarship to attend the CNY ATD A Voyage through Virtual Training Conference. 

CNY ATD established the CNY ATD Scholarship Program to encourage and support professional development and continuing education in the field of talent development. The CNY ATD Ken Steiger Leadership Scholarship is named in honor of CNY ATD’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ken Steiger. The CNY ATD Train-the-Trainer Scholarships provide financial assistance for nonprofit organizations looking to develop their staff or volunteers who educate an audience. The CNY ATD Programs Scholarships provide financial assistance for opportunities to participate in CNY ATD programs or membership. 

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the CNY BEST Talent Development Awards Ceremony was Robert M. Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO. Rob spoke about CNY’s Resilience and rebuilding following the COVID-19 crisis.

“As we work to rebuild and drive a more robust, inclusive and resilient economy following an unprecedented economic crisis, the vision and leadership of the business community has never been more critical.  How we invest in our talent, especially those who have for too long been on the sidelines of progress or those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, will make the difference in the pace and stability of that progress. Already, hopeful signs are emerging that Central New York is weathering this crisis better than many of our upstate peers. Our community has always risen above seemingly insurmountable challenges by working together towards a shared vision and so we will do so now. I have never been so hopeful or proud of this community.” – Robert Simpson, President and CEO, CenterState CEO. 

Sponsors

CNY ATD thanks the following sponsors for their support of the CNY BEST Talent Development Program: The Central New York Business Journal; Visual Technologies; Emergent; OneGroup NY, Inc.; TDO (Train, Develop, Optimize); and getAbstract.

 

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For questions regarding this announcement, please contact info@cnyatd.org or 315.546.2783.

 

About CNY BEST Talent Development Program

CNY ATD annually recognizes excellence in talent development in the CNY area with the CNY BEST Talent Development Program. Organizations, consultants and individuals/teams who have made an impact on the success of the organizations and communities they serve are recognized as CNY's BEST in Talent Development. Nominated practices represent a diverse variety of talent development topics and techniques. A panel of local and national judges representing the talent development profession and community evaluate the nominations for quality of talent development practices, practice results and impacts, and demonstrations of how the practices linked to the strategic growth or success of the organization and individuals. CNY ATD has been nationally recognized for this innovative CNY BEST Program which “creates awareness in the community about talent development and its importance to organizational success, while creating involvement by organizations in the community through recognition of excellence in talent development practices”. CNY ATD is celebrating the 13th Annual CNY BEST Talent Development Program in 2020.

 

About CNY ATD Scholarship Program

CNY ATD established the CNY ATD Scholarship Program to encourage and support professional development and continuing education in the field of talent development. Since its inception in 2011, the CNY ATD Scholarship Program has awarded over $14,500 in monetary assistance to industry professionals and students pursuing various talent development programs. CNY ATD has been nationally recognized for its CNY ATD Scholarship Program which “addresses a need in the local community for financial support for talent development professionals to pursue professional development and continuing education.” 

The CNY ATD Ken Steiger Leadership Scholarship is named in honor of CNY ATD’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ken Steiger.

In 2018, CNY ATD established the CNY ATD Train-the-Trainer Scholarships for participants to attend the nationally recognized CNY ATD Train-the-Trainer programs. These scholarships are offered to nonprofit organizations looking to develop their staff or volunteers who educate an audience or individuals who do not have other means to participate. Over the past few years, ten CNY ATD Train-the-Trainer Scholarships have been awarded valued at approximately $5,000.

The CNY ATD Programs Scholarships provide financial assistance for opportunities to participate in CNY ATD programs or membership. 

About CNY ATD

CNY ATD is the local affiliate chapter of Association for Talent Development (ATD).For over45 years,CNY ATDhas beenconnecting talent development professionals throughout the region and contributing to the growth and recognition of the profession. Currently, CNY ATD has over 100 members from various businesses covering 17 plus counties from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania border in the central area of New York State. CNY ATD is proud to have received numerous national and local recognitions, including 21 ATD recognitions since 2006.

 

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