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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


2021 Board Members

Lindsay Fletcher
President  |  lindsay.fletcher@atdnyc.org | LinkedIn 

Lindsay is an experienced Talent Development professional with a proven track record in the area of Learning and Development. He has experience in a number of roles in the travel, hospitality and insurance industries, where he has been responsible for designing and managing global functional training, leadership development and talent management programs. He has led large teams and run many international projects, having lived and worked in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and more recently NYC.

In his current role as Head of Global Learning & Development at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), Lindsay has responsibility for designing relevant learning and talent strategies, with a focus on strategic capability building to meet the future needs of the insurance industry. He leads a team of 11 learning and talent managers, serving 4,000+ employees, in 30+ countries around the globe.

In his free time, Lindsay can be found hanging out with his two cats, enjoying a Gin Martini, and planning his next adventure abroad.

Jessalin Lam

President-Elect  | jessalin.lam@atdnyc.org | LinkedIn

Jessalin Lam is a proactive, passionate, people-oriented leader with over 10 years of combined experience across learning and development, diversity and inclusion, partnerships, business development, client management, project management, and consulting. Recognized for exceptional abilities to improve processes, motivate the team, build strong relationships, and demonstrate excellent communication skills for inclusive environments. She is currently a Precision Marketing Academy Director on the Nissan United team at TBWA\Worldwide leading a global employee training program across the agency and client. She is a connector and lifelong learner who loves to cultivate learning cultures to allow others to thrive and seize their potential with a growth mindset.

She graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Advertising. While she was in college, her talent was recognized and awarded with the Interpublic Group Marketing Fellowship by Michael Roth and the 2009 MediAction Scholarship by Ad Club of NY. Even after graduation, she was 1 of 15 recipients for the first Advertising Women of New York Educational Loan Relief in 2012. With her dedication in the Ad Club of NY Young Pro Committee, she was awarded the 2015 Ad Club of NY Rising Star. She continued to flourish by being selected as a 2016 ADCOLOR Futures and 2018 Ad Club of NY i'mPART Women Fellowship.

Mansi Vajar

Vice President Finance  |  mansi.vajar@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Mansi is an experienced learning and development professional with more than two years of experience in the field. She has a diverse background; from being born in India to growing up in South Africa and now living in USA. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) and having worked in the audit world for four years, she volunteered as a trainer and facilitator for the various technical trainings which were ongoing. It was in London, where she lived for four years that she then realised that her passion lied in helping people learn. She made the transition to L&D and continues to enjoy this fast-changing industry. Her current role is that of L&D Manager at BDO LLP for the Assurance business line, which provides professional services to a large variety of clients and industries ranging from food, hospitality, to manufacturing and automobiles.

She has recently moved to NYC where she lives with her husband in Long Island City. When she is not strolling around the city looking for coffee spots and vegan cafes, Mansi is found doing yoga, reading books and planning her next holiday.

Adil Ibrahim
Vice President Marketing  |  adil.ibrahim@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Growing up in a military family, Adil had frequent exposure to conversations of training, team building, morale, and mission/vision setting. Seeing the parallels between the military and organizational development, Adil pursued studies in Psychology and Human Resources at Michigan State University, and then later at New York University, honing in on how the fields of training and organizational development have a fundamental impact on individuals, teams, and institutions.

Adil is passionate about taking business problems, paring them down, and applying learning and organizational development solutions to pull and push the right levers for a sustainable impact, all the while incorporating practices from the military whenever he can. He has published research on the Reggio Emilia social-learning methodologies and how they can be applied to adult learning in the corporate sector. He would love to talk to anyone who will listen about the difference between pedagogy and heutagogy. He has applied his methods at a variety of companies ranging from mortgage banks to ad agencies to IT consulting firms where he developed and led programs focused on the entire employee lifecycle ranging from onboarding to expertise development to manager and leadership development.

He obtained his coaching certification through Coach U and is working to make the world of work a better place for every worker. He also teaches storytelling workshops to artists, students, professional development groups, and the City of New York.

Adil lives in Sunnyside, Queens with his wife and a little baby boy who is just learning to run at speeds that make Adil worry every time.


Jill Greenbaum

Vice President Membership  |  jill.greenbaum@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn
Jill Greenbaum is deeply engaged in learning, and personal transformation. Throughout her career, she has assiduously discovered new ways of helping people be their best selves. Her path started in the world of education, as a teacher, principal, and then administrator in settings serving students with special education needs. Jill holds a doctorate in curriculum development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

For the past twenty years, she has grown her firm, which offers instructional design, training, facilitation, speaking, and coaching services. She creates bespoke sessions, with a focus on conscious communication for people in corporate, government, nonprofit, and education environments. Her expertise lies in co-creating experiences through a visualizing process that includes exploration into who is to be served, discovery of the needs to be met, understanding the environment in which people work, ensuring articulation of the criteria for success, and the creation of artifacts to support the entire process.

In her life outside of work, Jill loves to travel, create art, race-walk, kayak, bake, and read. She lives just outside NYC with her husband, Steve Weinstock, and their Muddy Paws rescue, Gus.


Luba Trost

Vice President Programs  | Luba.Trost@atdnyc.org  LinkedIn

Luba Trost is a strategic HR professional at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Fordham University.

Her career began at MSK in the Department of Medicine followed by various positions within the HR Division on the Generalist, Legal Affairs and Work/Life teams. Twelve years in a leading healthcare organization, combined with training in psychology, research, and management consulting, have given her a unique perspective of the employee experience and what differentiates top employers.

Luba is passionate about enhancing employee engagement at every career stage and holds expertise in promoting positive workplace culture through innovative program design and community building events. She takes a holistic approach to improving Work/Life through caregiver support, wellbeing initiatives and recognition programs. She most enjoys opportunities to leverage learning from the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics to optimize performance, foster innovation and improve business outcomes. In her current role as a Work/Life Program Manager, she leads programs that support over 22,000 employees and recognize the difference each of them makes in service to MSK’s mission, both on the battlefield of cancer care and behind the scenes. 

Luba resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband and their furry daughter, Pasha the Pekingese. 

Gabrielle Bayme

Co-Vice President Special Interest Groups  |  gabrielle.bayme@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Gabrielle Bayme is a forward-thinking talent development professional with 20+ years of experience building innovative learning solutions from the ground up and designing, facilitating, and managing learning programs throughout the entire learning lifecycle. A lifelong learner with proven expertise in learning strategy, instructional design, coaching and facilitation, these days she can best be described as a Learning Strategist/Performance Consultant/Learning Experience Designer. She is a promoter of emerging best practices, cutting-edge tools and techniques, and performance consulting approaches that get at root causes and ensure learning solutions have measurable impact. She is passionate about helping organizations and other talent professionals make the shift from "learning" to "performance. She has a BFA in Acting from NYU where she also took post-graduate coursework in Adult Learning and Organizational Development and has worked in a wide range of contexts from schools and non-profits to the top financial services and consulting firms.

Gabrielle is a proud resident of Inwood (Upper Manhattan), where her family consists of a Shakespearean actor and two rescue pit bulls. Since COVID she has become a houseplant addict. 

She is also co-lead and co-founder of the the ATD NYC Learning Innovation SIG.

Lydia Driscoll

Co-Vice President Special Interest Groups  |  lydia.driscoll@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Lydia Driscoll is Talent Management leader with over 10 years of combined experience across learning and development, talent management, DE&I, innovation programs, and client and project management. She has experience in fast paced industries, like beauty, advertising, and fashion, building change by leveraging experience, skills, and research. Recognized for making ideas reality, Lydia relies on building relationships throughout  organizations to create lasting change. Currently, she is leading Learning and Talent initiatives at Centric Brands, building the processes, programs, and relationships from the ground up.

She graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science focusing on Economics and Entrepreneurship. During that time she was an active member of the global entrepreneurial community, receiving the Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize, winning the Green Rocket Pitch, studying entrepreneurship while living in Vienna, and accepting the Global Diversity Scholar Award. This entrepreneurial spirit continues in her work with programs that encourage people to think through the problems before creative solutions.

Lydia is an enthusiastic resident of Sunnyside, Queens, where her family includes a feisty black cat. In her free time, Lydia can be found enjoying gluten free bagels, perfecting her dance skills, and planning adventures abroad.

Jenn Jacovsky

Vice President Technology  | jennifer.jacovsky@atdnyc.org | LinkedIn

Jenn is a Learning and Development specialist seeking to leverage—an extensive creative and project management background which includes facilitation, program development acumen, strong leadership skills, both analytical and tactical experience, a good sense of humor, knowledge of strategic planning and implementation, and a unique ability to forge understanding between internal and external clients—in order to drive results in a training and development and human resources role. She strives to help employees be more engaged and successful in their roles and as a result, Jenn approaches the world of learning and development with an incredible amount of energy, high compassion, integrity, and understanding that a person’s emotions are their reality.   So, it makes sense that Jenn loves teaching human skills (often called soft skills). Working in Learning & Development, Jenn supports high potential professionals in their career progress. One benefit of her events background is that it affords her a unique eye when creating learning environments for the learner.

Jenn holds a Masters from NYU in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics, is a Certified Meeting Professional, a trained Coactive Training Institute coach, and a Certified Practitioner of Insights Discovery. 

Rosemary Okoiti

Vice President Talent Management  |  rosemary.okoiti@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Rosemary Okoiti is the founder and CEO of RosemaryOkoiti Consulting, a company that coaches and trains professionals to take the leap to reinvent themselves into successful entrepreneurs. She has extensive global experience in three continents covering coaching, training delivery, design and management of Leadership development programs, compliance and

on-boarding. She is passionate about helping you start & run your own successful business as well as designing and delivering engaging learning solutions that help learners grow to their highest potential while driving achievement of strategic business goals. She has previously worked as training manager in the financial sector, where she managed the design and implementation of leadership development programs for banks and micro finance institutions.

Rosemary has been a member of the ATD NYC chapter since 2013 and ATD National since 2014. An active volunteer in the Chapter for the last 5 years, responsible for hospitality in the Programs Committee, Guest Relations within Membership, as Assistant VP of Technology and as Vice President of Talent Management since 2019.

She served as the Chair of the Volunteers’ Committee for the ATD Forte Regional Conference in 2019-2020.

She is a Reviewer for the ATD BEST Award winners; a Judge for the CLO LearningElite Program; a Certified Small Business Mentor for SCORE, New Haven CT chapter; a Career Coach for the New Start Career Network Program of Rutgers University, NJ and a Facilitator for Google’s #Iam Remarkable Program.

She holds a Masters of Education in Entrepreneurship Development from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors of Education in Economics & Business from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).


Gregory Simpson
Immediate Past President   |  gregory.simpson@atdnyc.org |  LinkedIn


Greg is Managing Director at Agent in Engagement. He helps company leaders provide talented individuals with compelling reasons to join, engage, and stay with their organizations. Whether in a corporate or consulting environment, he's created award-winning workplace experiences for people at all levels of Fortune 150 companies such as Accenture, State Farm Insurance Cos, Deutsche Bank, and Microsoft. He believes an engaged workforce is the foundation of organizational success. That is why he's on a mission to help companies and their employees succeed by creating more meaningful, productive, and engaging workplace experiences.

Greg served as the ATD NYC Chapter President for 3 years. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Graham, and their cats, Griffon and Granite.

Art Weiss
Chapter Administrator  |  contact@atdnyc.org

Art Weiss began administrative work with ASTD in 1998; a time when member service was mostly by telephone and fax. Within a few years, records were shifted from typed lists to spreadsheets and email came into use as a primary means of communication. Hired because of his strong organizational and computer skills, Art has assisted the chapter in a variety of ways, including providing input to the Board about the requests from chapter members and those inquiring about membership. He also maintains information about our various events and serves as a welcoming presence at chapter events.

A native of New York City, Art left Pre-Medical studies to become a piano and music theory major at the Manhattan School of Music. A major musical and organizational achievement was his fourteen-year tenure as Entertainment Director at the New York Playboy Club.

Art is currently active as an accompanist to several singers on the New York cabaret circuit. He combines an active career as a musical conductor, vocal coach and performing pianist with musical composition. 


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