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.

  • Tue, June 21, 2016 1:34 PM | Deleted user

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  

    If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    All Member Meeting

    Save the Date!! Wednesday, August 3rd  will be our ROC ATD All Member Meeting.

    • ·      Time and Location TBD
    • ·      More details to come….

    Let us know what you think….

    We are considering a TED Talk format for the upcoming All Member meeting.  What topics would you be interested in hearing about?

    Under Construction:  ROCATD Website

    The Board is working on updating the website to bring you more information and ultimately more value from your membership. Check out the updates we’re providing about:

    • ·      Power Membership
    • ·      A note from our President
    • ·      SIG Information
    • ·      Tools & Resources
    • ·      Chapter Goals & Strategies
    • ·      Opportunities to Contribute

    The site is your portal into the world of training and development at both a national and local level.  If there is additional content you’d find valuable to your peers in our community please let us know by contacting

    Crucial Conversations Training Opportunity

    ROC ATD will be hosting a rare opportunity for ATD Members and guests to attend VitalSmarts’  Crucial Conversations© class.  The contents of this workshop, which will be facilitated by Michelle Lewis (Certified Crucial Conversations© and Crucial Accountability Trainer©), are based on the results of studying hundreds of highly influential individuals of all levels in various organizations.  Studies found that the single most identifiable skill in these individuals was their ability to navigate conversations with differing opinions, high stakes, and strong emotions. They were able to be completely candid and completely respectful when oftentimes, people feel that in order to get important information on the table, they must choose between the two.  The skills presented in this workshop are designed to help us create safety and stay in dialogue. 

    At $445 for members and $495 for guests, you will be able to fully experience this course at $950 less than a regular public session. That’s a 65% discount!

    Stay tuned for the enrollment link and act fast. These seats won’t last.

    Chapter Affiliation Requirements

    The ROC ATD Chapter failed to achieve compliance our 2015 - 2016 Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE).  CARE compliance was measured using the following indicators:
    • Joint membership requirement of 35% for individual chapters.
    • 50% joint membership goal to be measured in the aggregate (all chapters).
    • Joint membership activities added to requirements to help chapters plan for success.
    • Rewards program to recognize top three chapters in each size category with cash and complimentary registrations.

    The CARE membership goal helps establish that members of the national organization and its chapters are part of the same organization with shared valuable resources and a shared compelling mission that effectively meets members’ professional development needs. 

    The impact of our failure to achieve our CARE compliance means we won’t receive accreditation and associated prizes including conferences and chapter funding. The BOD is disappointed in our failure to achieve our CARE compliance and are already taking measures to align our chapter for 2016 – 2017 compliance.

    Next BOD Meeting: 7/6/16

  • Fri, May 13, 2016 10:39 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Ranked in Training Magazines Training Top 125.

  • Mon, April 25, 2016 11:52 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    CaterTrax is currently hiring an Instructional Design & Training Specialist. Follow this link for a full job description and to submit your resume.,9_IC1132765_KO10,30.htm

  • Fri, February 12, 2016 10:51 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Graphic Design & Images

    A special thank you goes out to Jennifer Wiser (SIG leader), Carrie Abbott (ABVI-Goodwill host) and Susan Klick & Rob Robson (session leaders).  This morning's program provided great information and opportunity to connect with colleagues.

    Quick summary:

    • Copyright and training design
    • Image searches and links
    • Design grids and resources
    • Infographic links and resources
    Next CLDSIG meeting is March 4th Relearning Learning
    April CLDSIG meeting is April 1st Graphic Desing & Images II

    Register @
  • Tue, February 02, 2016 1:58 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Click on the link for a full job description  and to submit your resume.

  • Mon, November 09, 2015 12:11 PM | Deleted user

    The relaunch event was fun. Check out these pictures to see for yourselves!
  • Mon, November 09, 2015 11:47 AM | Deleted user

    Great SIG meeting on 11/6 about this topic and a couple of helpful resources were shared:

    Hope to see you at a future event!
  • Mon, November 02, 2015 2:41 PM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    ·         Recruiting for new VP of Technology to manage website and support social media initiatives
    ·         Chapter Sponsor membership registration and payment option will include company name and general email
    ·         CARE Plan will be initiated by Julie (ATD Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) are a set of performance guidelines designed to help chapters deliver consistent benefits to members. CARE consists of elements in five key areas that are necessary for running a chapter like a business: administration, financial, membership, professional development, and communication)
    ·         ROCATD membership restructuring plan recommended and confirmed by BOD to include the packaging professional development programs and SIGS with local membership dues, group memberships will be converted to Sponsorship programs that include multiple members, effective January 2016
    ·         ROCATD SIGs (special interest groups)
    o   November and December SIG group meetings
    o   BOD will develop a SIG agreement that outlines leader responsibilities (coordination, administration and reporting)
    o   Reinforce local chapter membership of all SIG participants following initial meeting
    o   Meet with Jenifer to discuss current Corporate L&D SIG and see if there is member volunteer interested in re-engaging the OD SIG
    o   Addition of Healthcare and Higher Education Learning & Development SIGS in 2016
    ·         Chapter Communication Plan
    o   Structured to ensure accurate, timely and clear communication of chapter programs as well as SIG events
    o   Plan will include pre and post membership/participant communication
    o   Align and link ROCATD email, blog and social media resources
    ·         Professional Development
    o   National Employee Learning Week, December 7-11
    o   December 9th Program Event: Learning Management Systems
    o   January 2016 – A New Year Celebration, Special Event
    o   2016 PD Program Calendar and Special Events – dates/topics to members by mid-December
    o   Spring All Member Event to be scheduled for April/May 2016
    ·         Welcome Michelle Campanella to our BOD, position TBD and announced by next BOD meeting
    ·         Reviewed ROATD goals and planning areas for strategic meeting to be scheduled in December
    ·         Next BOD meeting TBD

  • Tue, May 12, 2015 12:02 PM | Deleted user

    If you are an Instructional Designer - or want to be - Wegmans just asked us to post an open position to our site. Check out the Jobs section today!

  • Fri, April 24, 2015 12:17 PM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    What you of the best locally delivered programs that I have been to in a while, thank you Michelle - Bob.

    “What's New in Training Effectiveness - How Does Your Current Learning & Development Stack Up?” April 15th program.

    Here is the focus of today’s presentation:

    • Management priority should focus on the process, people, and structure (in order) 
      • The process should be logical & repeatable
    • Lack of Learning Transfer
    • Breakthrough Learning
      • Common language
      • Learning aligned with goals
      • Becomes strategic
      • Needs top down support & reinforcement
      • Training needs to be an experience; not a single event
    • Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning
      • Define (objective)
      • Design 
      • Deliver
      • Drive
      • Deploy
      • Document (the results)
    • How to Turn Training & Development into Business Results

    In closing, we were left with “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.  Peter Drucker

    Note: Each of these highlights were discussed in much greater detail

    Presenter: Michelle M. Campanella, Director of Operations – Client Success Team, AXIOM Sales Force Development. 

    --Thank you Joyce Schmidt for providing the program summary.

    What you don't want to miss...All Member Meeting - Neuroscience Research - What We Need To Know About Its Impacts on Learning & Development

    • 21 May 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Brooks Avenue, Rochester


    Sophisticated brain-imaging tools allow researchers to study the brain and revolutionize the understanding of how we learn. As a result, today we know more about learning than ever before, which provides great opportunities for training and development professionals to harness new insights and apply this new knowledge to advance the field.

    Neuroscience can be complicated and over-simplification can easily lead to misleading neuromyths. It’s well worth L&D practitioners delving deeper into neuroscience by attending this event which elaborates on neuroscience in the context of L&D.

    Our presenter:

    Rachel Wu, Assistant Professor at the University of California Riverside,

    Rachel Wu is a postdoctoral fellow in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at University of Rochester and received her diploma in Fine Art and Design in London. She has had many exhibitions worldwide, and her paintings were recently displayed at the URMC Miner Library in a solo exhibition. Rachel's researchat the University of Rochester’sBabylab uses brain activity (EEG) and behavior (eye-tracking, manual responses) to investigate how we learn from infancy to older adulthood. Her latest study teaches older adults how to learn like infants (via painting) to promote healthy cognitive aging.
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