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.

  • Wed, April 12, 2017 9:27 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Power Member Michelle Westcott of Gillespie Associates recently completed her CPLP. Congratulations Michelle! 

  • Mon, April 10, 2017 10:51 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Highland Hospital is hiring a Learning & Development Specialist. Here is the position summary and a link to the site where those interested are able to get more details and apply online.

    Position Summary: Collaborates with Department of Education Director to support overall learning and development (L&D) strategy. Identifies development needs, designs, creates and delivers solutions across the organization at every level, both clinical and non-clinical. Responsible for implementing leadership and organizational development programs that support the performance and strategic objectives for all areas of the organization. Acts as a partner in matters related to onboarding, training, management/ leadership effectiveness, organizational design and development, performance management and leadership coaching. This role will also share responsibility for key programs and projects such as succession planning and developing talent pools for hard to fill positions.  

    Click here for more details and to apply online.

  • Wed, April 05, 2017 4:17 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Hudson-Mohawk ATD is holding its 2017 Talent Development Summit on Friday, May 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY (just outside Albany). They have two keynotes and many sessions planned. Check out the Summit page for more details at  

  • Tue, March 21, 2017 1:11 PM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

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    From left to right, Amy, Jon and Cindi joined Carrrie and Bob for our March 21st Learning and Development SIG meeting.

    The morning's discussion was based on the downloaded article by the Ken Blanchard companies.  ROCATD participants discussed the topic of coaching, coaching tools and ideas applicable to their work.  

    The Four Essential Coaching Skills (meeting notes)

    1.    Listen to Learn - there are natural listeners and not so much - style differences, self-confidence is a foundation for good listening, listening training tips included repeating for clarity, the Yes and..., letting team members set agendas for coaching sessions/meetings, team activities to reinforce adapting styles to improve communication

    2.    Inquire for Insight - Questioning Skills are critical to coaching success and not many possess them at an expert level, 2-min What? Questioning activity, question with curiosity not preconceived intention or judgment

    3.    Tell Your Truth - feedback comes from a place of support and helpfulness, be fully present during coaching conversations, acknowledge feelings and emotions, fine-tune your noticing skills - recognize signs of disengagement/other negative emotions, use "yellow cards" to empower team members to lead up and hold you accountable for poor behavior/actions in order to drive lasting change

    4.    Express Confidence - appreciate their work, focus on positives, celebrated successes, acknowledge positive change and goal achievement

    The Coaching Process

    1.    Connecting - build trust and rapport, be vulnerable

    2.    Focusing

    3.    Activating

    4.    Reviewing

    Key takeaways - coaching drives positive attitudes, trust and better results, training can improve the quality of coaching but very few organization invest in coaching skills training for their managers (5%) and 73% say it is a top leadership need.

    Our next ROCATD LDC SIG meeting is April 18th, join us.

  • Fri, March 10, 2017 2:30 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Excellus Summer College Internship positions are now posted.  The following information describes the program and includes a link to get more information about each position and how to apply.  Some of their internship positions include:  Learning and Organizational Development, Human Resources, and Compensation.


    The Diversity & Inclusion Summer Internship Program
     aims to attract the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate college students from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and experiential backgrounds. Our mission is to foster an environment where diversity and inclusion are explicitly recognized as fundamental parts of our organizational culture. Our internships provide real business experience for promising students, from all communities, to diversify and strengthen our workforce. 

    All qualified students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to apply.


    Employees are united by our Lifetime Way Values & Behaviors that include compassion, pride, excellence, innovation and having fun!  We aim to be an employer of choice by valuing workforce diversity, innovative thinking, employee development, and by offering competitive compensation and benefits.


    In addition to real world experience, students participate in learning and development opportunities, such as:
    · Discovering and developing your strengths
    · Personal branding and social media
    · Culture and you – where do you fit?
    · Public speaking, networking, and more!

    · This is a paid 10-week summer internship from June 5th to August 11th (up to 40 hours per week). 
    · Housing is not provided as part of our program. 
    · Interns are responsible for their own parking costs (Rochester Region Only).
    · High School diploma or Equivalency Certificate, along with proof of continuous college enrollment. 
    · Must be in good academic standing.
    · Positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and emotional intelligence a plus!

    · Qualified students are encouraged to apply online at and 
    Apply to all intern positions that you are both qualified and interested in; there may be several positions that you are qualified for.
    · All offers are contingent upon passing a background check and drug testing.

    Thank you in advance for sending your top students our way!


  • Fri, January 13, 2017 2:49 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    The new RocATD ‘Consultant and Coach SIG’ met at ER-Select offices for the first time. The topic for discussion was 'Articulating Our Value Proposition to Our Clients.'

    During this session, participants shared current challenges including:

    Lack of advertising budget (non-for-profits)

    Solo--preneurs emphasized the challenge and opportunity cost of needing to spend time on sales and marketing, while also getting all the work done that we already sold.

    Everyone in attendance feels the pain of ‘feast or famine’ levels of work in combination with the need to plan time for sales efforts.

    When articulating our value proposition, we need to live in the world of our client. We need to make our offer compelling to the business by articulating it in terms of impact on the business. We used a ‘business wheel’ diagram to help make connections from our work to business goals.

    Of course, putting your value proposition in business terms assumes you know the business problem you’re solving. In other words, you might do the process of strategic planning, but the business problem you’re solving is a lack of alignment around business goals which, if remedied, would lead to greater productivity and, hopefully, to higher revenue.

    We need to understand what business problem we’re solving, and who in the business feels the pain of that problem. It’s entirely possible that HR or the C-Suite aren’t the ones feeling this pain. We might need to drill down into the organization to find the impact and pain of that problem, but once we do, we can use it to convince the budget holders that the problem is real and is having very real effects on the business.

    Here are some useful questions to consider (and to have short, compelling answers to):

    • What do you do?
    • What business problem do you solve?
    • What is the impact of that problem?
    • Who is feeling the pain?
    • What is your differentiator among the competition?
    • What services are you displacing? (In other words, what’s happening today without you help? What is the current negative impact of the pain your client is facing?)

    All in all, it was a very successful first meeting! I’m sure I speak for everyone in attendance when I say that we are excited to have many more SIG meetings as good as this first one.

    A special ‘Thank you!’ goes out to ER-Select (host) and Michelle Campanella (SIG leader) for making this SIG meeting so successful.

  • Fri, December 02, 2016 10:03 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    ROCATD colleagues enjoyed a great morning of networking and discussion of Work Rules (Insights from Inside Google).  We'd recommend picking-up a copy of the book to read over the holidays.  Maybe you will get a couple ideas like we did to implement in 2017.

    A couple thoughts from our discussion:

    • Founder mindset - taking responsibility for your environment
    • Culture eats strategy for breakfast
    • Hire smarter than you
    • Learning and development - chunk it and practice a lot
    • Googler to Googler (GtoG) - internal experts share their knowledge of work-related subject matter as well as non-work related topics = culture of learning.  Your best teachers are already inside your organization.
    • Culture of innovation, experimentation and analytics
    • Culture defined by mission and voice
    • 20% of every team member's time allocated to what they want to learn, teach and work on = creativity and innovation

    If you have read or read the book, share your insights and thoughts with a post.  See everyone at our next ROCATD event or SIG meeting.

  • Mon, November 14, 2016 9:33 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Follow this link to find out more about the position description, qualifications, and how to apply.


  • Thu, November 10, 2016 4:55 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    See the attached file for more information on the Instructional Designer position open at Wegmans.  

    Instructional Designer - External docx.pdf
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