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ROC ATD currently is using this blog to provide news and other information to ROC ATD members and others visiting this website. For information on our upcoming programs, please visit the events calendar.

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  • Tue, April 17, 2018 3:25 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Click here to learn more and apply for the Associate Director of Leadership Development position currently posted on the University of Rochester website!

    EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

  • Tue, April 03, 2018 10:24 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Converting PPT to elearning:

    • What is the definition of elearning to the group?  Basically anything delivered electronically.  The group understood there is a bigger picture, but sometimes all you can get out is click and read.
    • All agreed that most technology will just take the PPT slides and convert into an authoring tool, but that isn’t what really should be done.
    • Need to consider not just converting dense PPT slides, but taking the live interactions and converting them into activities to keep “stickiness.”
    • Some members of the group turn the PPT into an elearning template so that they can determine how to create real elearning.
    • Product to take a look at:  Adapt learning.  It is somewhat like Rise from Articulate, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it.
    • Product to take a look at:  Audacity is a free program that is good for editing sound



    • The majority of the group’s members use either a Word document or a PPT document
    • Work with SME’s to identify what should be happening with each slide
    • Great suggestion to make dry content more interesting – wrap a story around it.


  • Fri, March 30, 2018 1:36 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    This position is accountable for a continuous stream of quality learning solutions, exercises and materials in support of ESL’s learning and development strategy.  The Instructional Designer works with the Learning & Development Manager and department staff to ensure trained, motivated and prepared new talent plus increase the capabilities of ESL talent organization-wide.  Responsible for the assessment, design, development, and evaluation of a variety of new hire and developmental courses for ESL employees.  Serves as a leading specialist in the design of multimedia courses, projects, and instructor-led courses that demonstrate sound instructional principles and promote mastery of subject matter.

    Click the link below to learn more and apply online.*F28F5EDE20CA4470


  • Thu, February 01, 2018 11:59 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Training and Development Specialist

    Local Engineering and Manufacturing Organization with Global Presence

    Competitive salary range and benefit package.

    Job Description:


    Responsible for the development/delivery of training and educational programs related to skills training, communication, team building, and management development using a variety of instructional methods. Assignments may include needs analysis, custom course development, and evaluation and learning assessment. Analyzes information on training research, new material, methods and techniques, and makes recommendations for their use


    Will support various development programs including: conducting analysis for improvement, launching and managing annual programs through completion and conducting effectiveness assessments.  Will manage the segment’s tuition assistance program. Will conduct a variety of management/leadership training programs, conduct annual needs assessment and work with manager to build and implement the training strategy including sourcing external or internal content providers.  As the segment training lead, is responsible for segment content in the learning management system.  Will work with the LMS administrator and subject matter experts to review all internally developed training for effective adult learning practices, quality of material and most appropriate delivery method prior to the training be delivered.  Will assist with managing on-time completion of compliance training and will support internal and external audits. 


    May support employee engagement programs and community outreach programs as required.




    BS degree in related field plus 6+ years work experience including developing and delivering live and on-line training programs and creating and assessing training effectiveness.



    Preferred Additional Skills:

    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple priorities

    Strong MS office skills including Excel and PowerPoint

    Strong analysis and research skills with experience in benchmarking industry best practices

    Good written and verbal communication skills

    Experience in managing multiple development programs

    Understanding of how to build competency based learning and development programs

    Resume to:

  • Fri, January 19, 2018 3:00 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Hudson-Mohawk ATD is holding our flagship annual event – the Talent Development Summit – this May in Troy, NY (Albany area).  This year, as in year’s past, we would like to use the email addresses of the National ATD members that are a part of your chapter in our marketing efforts - this list has already been provided by the ATD Chapter Services team.  We appreciate your endorsement in years past and hope that you will again this year.  


    This premiere event draws interest from all around New York State, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont and showcases top training, performance and organizational development experts in the Northeast.  Attendees learn about breakthrough solutions for our region to embrace economic globalization; a systematic approach to talent development and how to maximize their role in this new age of workplace learning and performance.


    This year we are excited to be hosting Kimo Kippen, former Chief Learning Officer and current Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives at Hilton who is responsible for creating lifelong learning alternatives for Hilton’s hundreds of thousands of team members. After joining the company in 2010, Kippen launched Hilton Worldwide University to deliver training and development opportunities to employees at all levels from corporate headquarters to Hilton’s 4,200 hotels, resorts and time-share properties in 93 countries. Due to his accomplishments as a learning leader, Chief Learning Officer Magazine named Kippen Chief Learning Officer of the Year in 2015. Under his leadership, Hilton received the Learning Elite Award in the same year. Kimo has served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development and currently sits on boards including the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton.


    To continually add value to your members’ ATD benefits, we are offering special ATD chapter rates.  Watch our conference page in mid-January for sessions and registration.  We also hope you will help promote this to your chapter only members and pass along the chapter rate information.  For those who may need to come a distance we have a special ATD rate at the Hilton Garden Inn, the location of the Summit.


    Thank you for helping make this event a success and we hope you will consider joining us on May 11, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

    Schyler Houck

    President, Hudson-Mohawk ATD

  • Fri, January 19, 2018 1:23 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Attention ROC ATD Members and Community,

         The time has come for you to share your expertise, fulfill your creativity desire and lend a hand to impact our community. We need your help to create a relevant, engaging and enriching conference experience filled with thought leadership, tools, resources, experiences and connections to deliver value to talent development professionals in the Upstate Region.  

     Volunteer support needed includes but is not limited to:

    • Conference Experience (registration, swag, menu)
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Conference Operations (Logistics, Budgeting, Project Management, Contracts)
    • Fundraising 
    • Marketing
    • Sponsors / Vendors
    • Programming & Speakers (Request for Speakers, Agenda, track content)
    • Technology / Social Media
    • General Conference Planning Experience

    No matter what your skill set, if you have a passion to help we can find a role for you!! Your support will not only benefit the Rochester Community, this will provide you with an opportunity to get connected, develop your skill set and share your expertise.  

    The purpose of this meeting will be to engage volunteers to support ROCATD in hosting the ROC Your Talent 2018 Regional Conference in October. 

     To get us started, this will be an informational and call to action session:

    Date: 1/31

    Time: 5-7pm  

    Location - Logical Operations (WInton Place


    5 - 5:30pm Meet & Greet 

    5:30 - 6pm Conference Overview (Michelle Campanella)

    6 - 6:30pm Content Brainstorming Activity (All)

    6:30 - 7pm Volunteer Call to Action, Commitment to Engage, Closing (Michelle Campanella)


    NOTE: Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    We hope you will show your support and continued investment in ROCATD and join us as we make ROC Your Talent 2018 an empowering experience with lasting connections and actionable content enhancing talent development professionals and leadership skills.

    Please register by clicking here: 

  • Fri, September 15, 2017 12:16 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Please follow these links to find out more and submit your resume.

    Training Manager -

    Technical Trainer-

    You can also contact Rob Robson at 585-267-8976 with any questions. 

  • Fri, September 15, 2017 11:59 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Monroe Veterinary Associates is hiring a trainer for the veterinary hospital support staff. This trainer will be responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of the training for Customer Service Representatives (CSR) and Animal Care Assistants  (ACA). Responsibilities include one-on-one training, group and train-the-trainer instruction, maintenance of training documentation, and facilitation of the development of training materials.

    This is a full time (40 hr/wk) position; schedule to include days, evening, and Saturday hours.

    A successful candidate must possess word processing skills, 2 or 4 year degree with 2+ years as a trainer/educator or equivalent combination.

    MVA offers competitive pay and generous benefits to FT employees including multiple options for health and dental insurance, paid time off, 6 paid holidays, and a 401k plan.

    Interested applicants can apply at  Please contact Mary Czech at 585-271-2733 ext. 139 with any questions. 

  • Tue, August 08, 2017 10:59 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    We had a great meeting today on the sales topic of "pain".  I want to say thank you to our participants for sharing their experiences, challenges and ideas related to building client relationships and providing solutions specific to client needs.  A few bullets from our meeting today included:

    • Challenge of selling services vs. items
    • Sales cycles
    • Referral - to ask or not, your vendors as sources and structured programs
    • Value-add marketing content, sharing and identifying what clients "hate" vs. "love"
    • Challenge of filling your time with clients vs. friends to build business
    • No is OK and better than maybe in most cases
    • Focus on teaching - what clients should be doing vs. "pain"
    • Be yourself, if it is the right customer they will love you for it
    Attendees and their links (from back right to left/front):

    Geoff Barrow, Gillespie Associates
    Ellen Burggraf, HRPlus
    Michelle Wescott, Gillespie Associates
    Melissa Davis, Values to Brand
    Leslie Carlson, Carlson Resources
    Bob Peter (taking pic), Insights2Improvement, Inc.

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