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Chapter Event: Accelerating Priority Skill Development, by Toni Handler & Gail Forkosh of Avanade

  • 02/06/2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Avanade New York 936 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10010 (22nd Street just East of Broadway)


Organizations of all types are realizing that cultivating a robust learning and development culture is key to sustained growth and profitability. To remain relevant in an increasingly digital world, we need to develop our people ecosystems through smart, innovative, learning and development initiatives and workforce planning programs. 

Leveraging key insights and best practices from Avanade ( a joint venture between Accenture & Microsoft), a global digital innovator, this session will explore how you can design and implement business aligned, cutting edge learning roadmaps to develop a 21st Century learning ecosystem in your organization focused on developing your company’s highest priority skills.

Key Takeaways:

* How to align L&D with the learning needs of your associates to build priority skills, drive business outcomes and enhance overall client service

* How to integrate informal digital learning into workplace cultures through user-centered design and curriculum curation (i.e. Learning Boards)

* How to leverage collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams to integrate people, content and tools drive organizational agility and improved engagement and effectiveness.

* How to develop an outcome-oriented and metrics-driven L&D organization 

About our presenters:

Antoinette (Toni) Handler’s expertise and leadership prowess in talent development runs deep. Currently, Toni leads Organizational and Leadership Development for Avanade. As Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources, she drives organization transformation for over 31,000 professionals through training and development, leadership, talent and performance management and employee engagement. Prior to Avanade, Toni served as Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner as Head of MetLife’s Global Sales Capability Center where she led benefits, investments and strategy, as well as brand, marketing and communications as part of MetLife’s first worldwide HR horizontal to build sales capability. She also advised Met Life’s CEO and Executive team in the definition and application of critical talent, learning and change management initiatives. Before that, Toni invested her expertise at both Merrill Lynch and Chase Manhattan Bank, holding various roles growing leadership and organizational programs and initiatives.

Toni holds a Masters of Arts from the State University of New York in business and policy studies, and a Bachelor of Science in management and industrial relations from New York University.

Gail Forkosh is the Global Head of Learning and Development at Avanade Inc., a global digital innovator providing business solutions leveraging the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. A proven and effective leader recognized internationally for her visionary approach to measuring and developing talent, Gail brings twenty five years of broad-based experience in international business and finance to her position at Avanade. Gail joined Avanade in July 2015 with the responsibility of developing, and successfully implementing, the company’s global learning and professional development strategy. Prior to joining Avanade, she served in several strategic leadership roles for prominent U.S.-based companies, including serving as Global Head of Strategic Planning for Information Technology at AIG, a multinational insurance corporation with more than 88 million customers in 130 countries and approximately 65,000 employees.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gail earned an MBA at Pace University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University (NYU).

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. 

A photo ID is required for entry.


5:30-6:00 PM – Registration and Networking

6:00-7:30 PM –Avanade presentation

7:30-8:00 PM – Networking


Members: FREE
Non-members: $65
Non-Member Students with I.D.: $20

Please Note: You must register by February 5, 2018, due to strict security requirements. No walk-ins will be acceptedIf you have not received a confirmation email from ATD NYC by c/o/b February 5, 2018 you have not registered for the session and will not be allowed to attend the event.

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Email: contact@atdnyc.org

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