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  • 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

    Tweeter: @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


  • 08/04/2020 6:21 PM | Gregory Simpson (Administrator)

    ATD NYC congratulates Rosemary Okoiti, CPTD, our current VP Talent Management, on her article in the July 2020 edition of TD Magazine:   

    Improve Processes with Internal Talent and a Solid Plan


  • 07/12/2020 4:51 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Here's what others have said about me in my LinkedIn recommendations: "thoughtful," "motivational," "empathetic" because they have experience working with me either as clients in my executive and career coaching practice, or as attendees at my workshops. And I do feel these three words capture both personal characteristics and a communication style that have enabled clients to derive a lot of value from our work together over the years.

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

     On the Board as VP Chapter Events in 2015, Ran the Webinars SIG in 2014, Co-Lead the Career Development SIG from 2016 to Present.

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

    I love working with my colleagues in the Chapter, such a great group of people who are really engaged, looking to help each other, and just plain nice!

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

    Take the marketing of my career and executive coaching business to the next level/get better at marketing.

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

    Do it! You'll meet some great people and make some valuable career connections that you'll benefit from, while at the same time helping others in the chapter through your volunteer efforts.

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

     Website: www.hellmannconsulting.com

    linkedinwww.linkedin.com/in/roberthellmann

    twitter: @robhellmann

    email: rob@hellmannconsulting.com


  • 06/08/2020 4:55 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)



    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Teacher - I love helping people learn.

    Student - Much of my motivation to teach stems from my interest in my own learning.

    Performer - There's a performative element to teaching and facilitation. Plus, one of my other interests is performing and improvising on stage.

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

     Chair, Webinar Committee

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

    It's been an amazing opportunity to connect with nice, talented people. I'm including both ATD NYC members and all the talent development leaders with whom we partner to produce our webinars. Before this opportunity, I had limited experience with live online learning. Now it's in my comfort zone, which leaves me well prepared for the current circumstances.

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

    Having just started a new job with General Assembly, a company that helps people gain in-demand skills to advance their careers, I'm looking forward to building skills in those areas as well. At the moment, I'm doing our online data analytics learning path.

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

    Do it! It's a skill builder, a career builder and a community builder. Just make sure you're ready for the time commitment - and lots of gratification and appreciation.

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

     www.linkedin.com/in/davidfmarx


  • 05/18/2020 3:40 PM | Gregory Simpson (Administrator)

    To address the unique workforce challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) has organized the ATD Virtual Conference: Building Capabilities and Connection, taking place June 1-5. Stay on top of what’s going on in the talent development industry and how today’s trends and solutions can be incorporated into your company’s practices to help advance the bottom line.

    The ATD Virtual Conference offers everything an in-person conference would, at a fraction of the cost. At only $395 (ATD national members) / $495 (ATD NYC-only members or non-members), this conference will provide all of the professional development you would expect from attending an in-person event for a much lower financial investment.

    The ATD Virtual Conference will have more than 100 hours of content covering every area of talent development. There will be experts delivering real-time keynote addresses, visionaries from the learning and development community communicating with attendees during their sessions, and relevant on-demand sessions that I can watch throughout the week.

    Additionally, networking is an enormous part of this event! Even though the event takes place online, there will be many chances to meet in groups or one-on-one with other attendees. Especially now, hearing how your peers are meeting the challenges of today, like training a dispersed workforce, will provide invaluable insights.

    If you want to stay relevant in your profession, you have to know the latest trends and how to implement them in your organization. With sessions covering every facet of Talent Development, as well as trendsetting speakers, there is no better place to take the pulse of the industry than ATD Virtual Conference.

    If at least five members of our ATD NYC chapter register for the conference, you’ll save $25 per registration [$370 (ATD national members) / $470 (ATD NYC-only member or non-members)]. If you are interested, contact ATD by completing our form or via email at chapterteams@td.org. Chapter teams will be established when at least five registrations from the chapter are received.

    Have 5 or more members of your company that want to attend? You’ll get the same savings of $25 per registration. Join online together and save! 



  • 05/11/2020 3:49 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)



    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Three words that would describe me are (1) sarcastic- I am rarely serious and I try to have fun but that's mostly by being quite sarcastic. I guess it's because I grew up in NJ! (2) analytical- I tend to focus on what can be measured and what can be done both in professional and personal life. (3) supportive- I try to support my learners, my clients, and my ATD community. 

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    I am the Co-Chair of the People Analytics SIG 

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

    The best part of volunteering with ATD NYC is the community. The people that are a part of ATD NYC represent a wonderful community of professionals. I have learned a lot from the community and I love sharing my knowledge with the ATD NYC community as well. The experience of volunteering with ATD NYC has helped me grow more aware of the ways the different parts of talent development impact the business and how we all have ways of contributing to an organization's success.  

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

    I have found the coaching SIG to be really beneficial for learning new and innovative coaching techniques. I will also continue learning more analytics tools. Depending on time I might try to learn how to code in Python in addition to R. As part of my work at Talent Metrics we're always focusing on creating better analytical approaches and are often faced with new problems that require new skills. When you work on specialized projects you're always learning new things! 

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

    If you can do it, it's worth your time. Find a way that you think you can contribute and do that. Your professional network can help you find vendors, find new positions, find new learning opportunities and ATD is a great network to be a part of. It's a big time commitment but with many things you get what you put into it. 

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

     By email sy@talentmetrics.io or at my LinkedIn page /Twitter: @IOsyislam Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/sislam/ Website: www.talentmetrics.io 


  • 04/20/2020 5:30 PM | Rosemary Okoiti (Administrator)


    1. What three words describe you and why?

    Positive, light-hearted, calming presence

    I’ve gotten this feedback from many people in my life as well as the coaching clients I serve.  I am a “half-glass full” person, even now with the COVID-19 pandemic, looking for silver linings and expressing gratitude for everything I do have.  I love making people laugh with my silly humor.  The latest:  When I pass a fellow mask-wearing doorman on my street, I say “You must be my relative”.  They all laugh.  And, by continually accessing my inner calm, I am a source of calm for others.

    2. What is/was your volunteer role?

    I have been Co-Chair of the Career Development SIG for 3 years with Rob Hellman.  Before that, I was Co-Chair of the Coaching SIG with Joyce Grillo for 2 years.

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

    I “entered” the ATD NYC community by attending a Coaching SIG meeting, and then becoming a member.  It’s the warm, welcoming and committed members and leaders that sustain my commitment, not to mention that the many ATD NYC programs and events (pre-Covid) make membership a huge bargain.  And, I have developed sustainable friendships along the way.

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

    As a career and Encore career coach (mid-life reinvention and retirement), I have all the coaching clients I need and want. (I am grateful). I focus on continuing to develop my skills and knowledge in these areas.

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

    Volunteering for ATD NYC has so many benefits.  It’s a way to: contribute to your professional community, meet and work with really great people, an opportunity to network, develop skills, knowledge and potentially leadership skills - and in this era of social isolation, an outstanding way to stay connected.

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

    Email address  Barbara.phillips@atdnyc.org and linkedin.com/in/barbaraphillipsprofile


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