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  • 01/12/2021 6:29 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Optimistic, sociable and innovative. I live for the moment, enjoy working as part of a team and thrive in exciting and dynamic environments. I enjoy generating ideas for new projects but can be guilty of neglecting to think through the finer details.

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    My role this year is President of the Chapter, following my stint as VP of Operations last year. I’m excited to work more closely with all of the Chapter VPs including finance, marketing, programs, SIGs, tech, talent management and membership. I hope to further my knowledge in the various areas that make ATDNYC a success and contribute to the ongoing development of the Chapter. 

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    I moved to NYC in Dec ’17 and have enjoyed being part of the local Talent Development community. I love working on the board with a team from all different professional backgrounds. It’s great to have a network in NYC I can support and fall back on - it’s like an extended family!

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    Last November I took on a new role as Head of Global Learning and Development for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty, where I have responsibility for designing learning and talent strategies, with a focus on strategic capability building to meet the future needs of the insurance industry. I lead a team of 11 learning and talent managers, serving 4,000+ employees, in 30+ countries around the globe

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    ‘The best way to get involved is to jump in the deep end! You can contribute as much or as little as you like, depending on your time available. Volunteering is a great way to network, build your knowledge and contribute to your local TD community.

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

    You can reach me at lindsay.fletcher@atdnyc.org or connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-fletcher/


  • 12/29/2020 7:43 PM | Gregory Simpson (Administrator)

    We are saddened to learn of the passing this year of Linda Sayre, 1994 President

    Linda Sayre was an extraordinary woman whose significant talents were put to full use when she took over chapter leadership.  She became president of the chapter at a critical juncture – corporations had stopped paying membership dues and ATD membership dropped considerably. Linda engineered the restructuring of the financial base and member services, downsizing the outside vendor who provided administration services. She also consolidated the leadership structure to eliminate an unworkable decision-making process and created in its place a way to honor senior level professionals on an advisory council. It was a masterful move. 

    Linda brought a fresh perspective and new ideas to the chapter. She created the role VP of Community Outreach and spearheaded partnerships with HSBC, LYNX (a black women’s bankers group), Time Warner Cable, and the New York City Department of Employment to develop programs to give minority young people exposure to corporate life.  She presented this model at the national ATD conference. She continued to be involved in the chapter, most recently on the ATD NYC Nominating Committee.

    Linda held senior human resource positions in the public and private sector and was an adjunct instructor; she loved teaching and motivating adult students to successfully apply learning to their careers, and in other areas in their lives.  She was well traveled and spent her junior year of high school studying in Switzerland.  Her doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education was from Rutgers, and her two master’s degrees were from Columbia University and the University of Sussex in the UK.

    Recollection by Margaret Maat, 1995 President:

    Linda Sayre was one of the most remarkable women I ever met. She had the ability to discern instinctually how to make leadership decisions that would benefit the health of the organization. She saw issues related to leading people clearly, no rose-colored glasses. 

    Her wit and candor were refreshing. She could have you in stitches one moment and wowed in the next with some story of human foible. She was well read and always prepared. She was also vulnerable, no armor on her soul. What you saw was what you got. 

    She endured much with grace and fortitude. What a treasure. 

    Recollection by Jay Colan, 1993 President:

    Linda had a great sense of history and culture and a love of New York City. She is remembered for her spirit of life, her wit, and her willingness and drive to do things differently that will have practical benefits.  We will miss her.   


    Special thanks to Anne Lesch, Margaret Maat, and Jay Colan for notifying the chapter and for providing this tribute.

  • 12/28/2020 6:19 AM | Gregory Simpson (Administrator)

    Producing and distributing an annual report is included as part of the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) for ATD National. To be 100 percent CARE achieved, chapters must produce and share with members an annual report that includes, but is not limited to, information about membership numbers, financial performance, and progress toward annual goals.

    By sharing our annual report, our members can better understand how the chapter uses membership dues to maintain chapter operations and support its local talent development professionals.

    The 2020 ATD NYC Board of Directors presented its 2020 Annual Report on December 16, 2020 as part of our Annual Event/Holiday Party.  This year's report was presented virtually due to the pandemic.

    Click here to read the ATD NYC 2020 Annual Report.


  • 12/13/2020 12:40 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    PROFESSONAL: I believe that we must adopt high professional standards for how we work with the people we are training and supporting--standards of performance that go beyond satisfying our bosses or the progress of our careers. Professional organizations, such as ATD, play a key role in maintaining those standards. 

    INNOVATIVE: Throughout my years in this field, I have continually explored how new, innovative technologies can fundamentally change our approach to employee performance- -not just how they can help manage or deliver the same old inefficient training models. My particular focus--Performance Support--is all about new approaches. 

    TENACIOUS: The concepts and technologies of Performance Support were first articulated, and their benefits clearly demonstrated by me and others, over 30 years ago. But, they have yet to take their place among the approaches generally applied in our L&D/TD world. Yet I keep on pushing. 

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    I am currently co-chair of the chapter's Performance Support SIG. We explore ways to enable effective employee performance that go far beyond what traditional training courses can deliver. I am also leading a small Community of Practice group to provide support tools and workflow learning to help SIG leaders register their events into the chapter's database application.

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    I enjoy working with professionals who want to improve the way they enable their organization's employees. And I continually learn from the experiences of other professionals. BTW: This is my second time through this, having run an ASTD SIG 30 years ago. 

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    As companies re-open from their shutdowns, they will need new ways to handle all the learning and relearning that the New Normal will demand. All employees will be, in one way or another, "novices." Training courses will not be able to meet that need. I'm exploring more effective and efficient alternatives. 

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    It is well worth the time you put into it. And the chapter needs your help if it is going to provide the services it is dedicated to providing. 

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

    The easiest way is to just drop me an email at: halchris@quick-competence.com

  • 11/23/2020 5:45 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you?

            Learner, risk-taker, problem solver
     

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

         Vice President of Finance

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    As an occupational safety professional, my past and other current volunteer involvement has been and is working with people with backgrounds and experience similar to mine and with ATD, this was definitely not the case. I have had the opportunity to volunteer, connect and learn from people with different backgrounds and this has been a very enriching experience.

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    I am in the final stages of the Level 3 gamification certification through Sententia that I have been working towards after attending a Level 1 class offered by ATD NYC. I also hope to learn Articulate or similar program this year.

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    Volunteer opportunities vary in duration from a couple of hours to 1 year commitments so try something out, you might be interested in and you may find out that you really enjoy it (or not).

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

    Linda@safetyfundamentals.com
    www.SafetyFUNdamentals.com
    Linkedin.com/LindaTapp
    Facebook.com/SafetyFUNdamentals
    Twitter @
    SafetyFUN
    Instagram @
    safetyfundamentals

  • 10/19/2020 5:41 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)

    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Spontaneous, adventurous and eccentric. 

    have been called spontaneous and adventurous quite a few times - since I get bored easily, I try to keep myself on my toes by changing things up and trying new ways of doing things. And constantly asking, being a constant "questioner" (using Happiness expert, Gretchen Rubin's, language) on why things need to be done a certain way, some may find my experimental ways to be strange or eccentric. 

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    VP of Programs. In a nutshell, I help with the programming that happens for the chapter. This is primarily the monthly chapter events that take place for our members. With COVID changing the world and moving us to virtual, we are looking at additional programming such as a podcast/video series with luminaries and experts from a variety of fields, because innovation happens at the intersection of disciplines! 

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    I love that I gain exposure to such a vast population of talent development professionals. As a volunteer, especially in my role, I have had the privilege to offer guidance, advice, and insights to over a dozen individuals new in this field and I have realized I should have started volunteering like this earlier in my career so I could have shared my perspectives with even more people. It's never too late, though! Also, the more I share what I know, the more I learn about what I don't know. 

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    This is the first year of my new company, Copilot Strategy, which is focused on helping L&D teams be more effective. With that said, this year I will be focusing on improving my sales, marketing, and advertising skills. A big part of consulting is to be able to acquire new business leads, so that will be a completely new territory for me in the coming year. 

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    Do it. Quite simply, don't hesitate to give of yourself and your time (of course, after understanding the time committment, and making sure you aren't spreading yourself too thin!). I would advise any new volunteer to remember to utilize (a) the volunteer network of ATD-NYC to get things done, and (b) to leverage the other board members for help whenever needed. 

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

    Email: adil.ibrahim@atdnyc.org ; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adilibrahim; Website: www.CopilotStrategy.com

    Twitter: @adilibrahim  

  • 10/15/2020 12:31 PM | Gregory Simpson (Administrator)

    On October 6-7, 2020, Learning & Development and Human Resources peers from around the globe attended the LinkedIn Learning Virtual Summit to build community, share best practices, and explore the key trends that are shaping the new world of learning at work. Over the course of two half-days, the sessions and panel discussions explored how to:

    • Upskill and reskill for the future of work
    • Cultivate organizational agility and resilience
    • Create learning programs that break through
    • Use learning as a catalyst for organizational change


    Some key takeaways from the sessions were:

    • Learning has become a must-have—let’s keep it that way!
    • It is a critical time for leaders to learn and be open to diverse perspectives to create successful innovation.


    If you haven't had the chance yet, be sure to join the L&D Group on LinkedIn to continue the conversation with your peers.

    Check out these resources to re-live the event:

    Watch the replay and share it with your peers.

    We also unlocked a LinkedIn Learning path until October 18th focused on mental health. Check it out and share it with your team.


    ATD NYC thanks LinkedIn Learning for being a sponsor and for hosting the LinkedIn Learning Virtual Summit.

  • 09/19/2020 12:27 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Empathetic: I always make a good effort to make sure I’m considering the other person and the other side of the story. This is one of the reasons I love human centered design so much as well. 

    Ambitious and driven: If I set my mind on something, it would be extremely hard to get me off that road. I have a high inspiration for myself which comes with higher standards. Knowing this about myself helps me realize when to let things go and be more agile. 

    Versatile: I am curious about a lot of things and have a wide range of interests, psychology, design innovation, learning, art, business, tennis, biking, and list continuous. I once was going to major in math and law. 

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    In December 2018 I went to Action Learning training with Mies de Koning, at the time, he was VP of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Mies encouraged me to attend events at the chapter and meet more people there. So I started to attend events, then volunteered to organize them. In 2019, I met Gabrielle Baymethe current VP of SIGs then I volunteered as the Assistant Vice President of SIGs. Together we organized the first Learning Lab in August 2019, and have been running them since then. Inspired by our popular Learning Labs, we created a separate SIG group, the Learning Innovation Special Interest Group to explore the latest and greatest in learning innovation. More to come! 

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    love meeting new people and the events the ATD NYC chapter has to offer. There is always something to learn, whether at the event or being part of this team of volunteers. We always look for ways to be more effective. This experience certainly taught me more about myself and the work that I so much love. 

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    There is never a dull moment with running and planning Learning Labs. I am looking forward to organizing other events in the Learning Innovation SIG with Gabrielle and seeing what new learning innovations we can bring in the upcoming year.

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    There are so many opportunities to be connected, find what clicks for you, attend a few events, connect with members 1-1 and see if you'd like to get more involved by volunteering. Opportunities are endless. The key is the right attitude! 

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

     kate.gerasimova@atdnyc.org or https://www.linkedin.com/in/kategerasimova/ 

  • 08/23/2020 1:22 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    People Data Nerd. I am passionate about people, quantifying and measuring things, and get super excited about all of it. I wear my nerd badge like a medal of honor.

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    Co-Chair People Analytics SIG. This involves organizing SIG events; translating board questions into a branching survey form and analyzing results with some natural language processing techniques; and developing data architecture for surveys.

    3. What do you/did you love about volunteering for ATD NYC? How has the experience changed you?

    I love developing technical solutions and data that drive people strategy. Particularly with these projects, I think its interesting to see what trends and insights we find about our members or what people want to develop during mentorship.

    4. What career development opportunities are you exploring in the next one year?

    I'm working on taxonomies (aka role classifications) and skill gap analytics for our workforce strategy; competitive business intelligence related to talent; and building automation into HR processes.

    5. What advice would you give to a Chapter member who is considering volunteering today? 

    Do it. The chapter is full of interesting and supportive people. 

    6. What is the best way to get in touch with you and/or your social media links, website, email address?

     LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndon-llanes-ms-shrm-scp-7a2201a6


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