News (Blog)

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.

  • 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.

  • Wed, July 19, 2017 8:59 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Lenel is hiring a Global Security Products North America Training Leader. Follow the link to see the job description and submit your resume.\

  • Mon, June 26, 2017 3:44 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Congrats to Michelle Wescott for completing her CPLP certificate!

  • Mon, June 12, 2017 10:46 AM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Instructional Designer (posted 6/12/2017)

    Baldwin Richardson Foods Co. is looking to contract an instructional designer to translate SOPs into simpler training aides.  This position would be on contract but the work is expected to be FT over several months.   Example:  one line has an SOP of 150 pages – multiply that times 15 or so lines…

    If you're interested in learning more, contact details are below:

    Benjamin “Ben” Vetter

    HR Manager

    Baldwin Richardson Foods Co

    3268 Blue Heron View

    Macedon, NY  14502

    t.  315-986-2727 x1422


  • Wed, May 24, 2017 3:45 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Our Amazing Brains – Adventures in Lifelong Learning

    Presentation by Suzanne Choma, SC Performance Consulting

    Suzanne described Astro Teller’s Graph about the Rate of Change in Technology over time and the human adaptability.

    The thought is that if we put our collective intelligence together, we can change the adaptability curve, and we can achieve dynamic stability at some point.

    Some interesting facts about our brains:

    • In utero, 250,000 nerve cells are created every minute.

    • An 8 month fetus’ brain weighs 1 pound and has two times the neurons of an adult

    • In the final stages of fetal development, about half of the neurons die, leaving only the fittest.

    • A 6 year old’s brain is about 90% of the volume of an adult brain – that last 10% is a huge part of learning.

    • Childhood and adolescence is a prime time for learning, and forgetting.

    • Parts of the brain mature at different rates, starting from the back of the brain to the front.

    • The adult brain weighs approximately 3 pounds (try picking up a 3 pound bag of rice and you’ll be amazed!)

    • Our brains shrink with age – approximately 5-10% in weight and 15-20% in volume between the ages of 20 and 90.

    • The good news is that during this time of shrinking, our brains are forming and reforming new neural connections.

    Some scientists’ thoughts about the future brain:

    • By the year 2030, nanobots will connect our brain cells to the cloud.

    • Humans will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking.

    • Neural Darwinism – Neural networks compete with each other. Those that get stimulated grow while others atrophy.

    • Learning is how you acquire information about the world, and memory is how you store the information over time. `Erik R. Kandel

    • Neuroplasticity is the key to lifelong learning.

    • Brain Fitness Across a Lifetime – Keys to aging well.

    o Eat well

    o Exercise your mind and body regularly

    o Sleep 7-8 hours a night and take naps

    o Spend time in nature

    o Play games

    o Socialize and make new connections

    o Find purpose

    o Embrace technology

    o Explore new territory

    o Develop a magnificent obsession – one that you learn and share with others


    • Brogard, Beritand Marlow, Kristian. The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain. New York: Hudson Street Press, 2015

    • Goleman, Daniel. Focus. New York: Harper Collins, 2013

    • Kurzweil, Ray. How to Create a Mind. New York: Viking, 2012

    • Medina, John. Brain Rules. Seattle: Pear Press, 2008

    • Oakley, Barbara. A Mind for Numbers. New York: Penguin, 2014.

    • Restak, Richard. Optimizing Brain Fitness. The Great Courses, 2011

    • Friedman, Thomas. Thank You for Being Late. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016

    • Sweeney, Michael S. Brain: The Complete Mind. Washington: National Geographic, 2009
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