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  • 19 Sep 2019 6:23 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD Long Island! Next week is our first event of the season, Decoding Human Behavior. Before you get there, take a few minutes to find out a little about another of our dedicated members, Stephanie Burke.

    Stephanie has been a member of ATD: LI for years, and served on the board in several positions as well. Now she will directing that energy and excitement as President. 

    Thank you to Stephanie, and all of our members, for continuing to make this chapter a success!

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    SB: I was looking for communities to join to network with professionals who worked in the field of human resources. I attended some meetings and was drawn in immediately to the warmth of the group. The meeting topics interested me greatly and I learned a lot about the field of Talent Development. Before long I was volunteering to serve on the board.

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a workday look like for you?

    SB: I am the HR Manager at Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. A typical day could include working on our talent development processes, coaching leaders on employee issues, recruiting to fill open positions, managing employee activities.

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    SB: Working at Atlas I have had the opportunity to grow my skills in talent development. I was able to contribute to the development of the new talent management processes we were creating for onboarding, performance management, coaching, new supervisor training, succession planning, employee engagement and internship program. It’s been a great experience to work on these projects.

    ATD: What do you value most about ATD LI?

    SB: Serving with the dedicated members of the ATDLI Board who care deeply about creating a community where Talent Development Professionals can come together to advance their careers has been the most valuable experience for me. This vibrant team of people volunteer their time because of their love of what they do, and it is amazing to be a part of that energy. Over the past couple of years, I’ve held the position of VP of Membership, President-Elect and am excited to be assuming the role of President.

    ATD: What was the best experience you have ever had in talent development, and why?

    SB: The best talent development experience I have ever had was at Fundamentals training for Co-Active Coaching. Over two and a half days, using the Co-Active Coaching model skills which we learned, 18 total strangers were transformed into a team of coaching professionals who grew to know each other in a unique way. Not only did we develop coaching skills to help uncover our clients’ true challenges and how to get them to design solutions and next steps, we also learned about ourselves and advanced on our own self –development journey. I look forward to going deeper into this model with further training and certification.

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?

    SB: The world of work is changing at an incredible speed and time seems to be a shrinking commodity. The leaders we serve are stretched to their limits and while they acknowledge, in theory, the importance of the work we do, in practice they protest incorporating what needs to be done into their workflow processes. Information is coming at us at an overwhelming pace and everyone is challenged to stay on top of it. Talent is in high demand and keeping skilled employees engaged means spending time to train, coach and develop them. Time, everyone says they do not have.

  • 16 Aug 2019 7:59 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD: Long Island! Summer is in full swing and our Summer Social is right around the corner. This social is being sponsored by Michele Rebetti and Crestcom, giving us the perfect opportunity to find out a little more about one of ATD's most active members. Michele is a former board member for our chapter as well, and can generally be found participating in events throughout the year. 

    If you would like a chance to discuss some of her experiences, and how Crestcom can help you or your business develop their full leadership potential, swing by our social this Thursday, August 22nd @6pm.

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    MR: I came to ATD after starting my own business. I wanted to learn about new trends and how I can improve my own skills and process. I also wanted to be more involved with the training community. 

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a work day look like for you?

    MR: My Company is Crestcom, a leadership development company that is unique.  My work day is not typical, it’s different every day. Some days I get to do more facilitating of my workshops and other days I’m making calls and going to prospective clients to educate them about how I can help them. It’s always interesting and fun because I get to meet so many new people. 

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    MR: After graduating college, I worked in sales. I did well and had the opportunity to do sales training and loved it. I went back to school for my masters in IO Psych and really loved the focus of training and development. I worked for many companies in different industries in HR and training. 

    ATD: What do you suggest to new members for them to gain the most benefit from ATD LI?

    MR: My suggestion to new members is to come to meetings and socialize - introduce yourself to whomever you can. Also get involved with the Board to meet people - it opens doors and creates opportunities plus you get to learn to improve your skills and give back to the training community. 

    ATD: What was the best experience you have ever had in talent development, and why?

    MR: The best for me is when a client thanks me for making an impact on their people and their company. The biggest compliment is when I am considered part of the company family. I often get invited to company events for the employees. It’s the best feeling. 

    ATD: If you could have complete control for talent development of any existing private or government organization, which one would it be and what would you do with it?

    MR: If I could control any organization it would be a government agency such as DMV. I would love to help them improve the accountability of their people and improve their efficiencies. I know I could help them be more customer focused and help their employees feel more motivated. :)

  • 06 Aug 2019 4:21 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Up to $100,000 can be provided by the state of NY for your Long Island company's training and development needs! 

    The Stony Brook University Center for Corporate Education (CCE) is offering assistance in planning your training initiatives and navigating the application process. Be aware, this opportunity is on a first come-first serve basis, and funds are limited. 

    Another benefit to completing this application is that the state has made it a common application, which can allow you to quickly navigate and apply for other state funding, now and in the future. 

    If anyone applies for and receives a grant, or has in the past, feel free to comment on how the program has helped with your training and development needs.

    Good luck!

  • 25 Jun 2019 7:01 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello and Happy Summer ATD: Long Island!

    After an event filled last few months, I'm sure everyone is ready to sit back and relax. Maybe you are considering taking a little trip, perhaps even staying at a nice hotel somewhere? Well I know that ATD: LI's VP of Marketing & Communications, Lisa Privett-Wood, can recommend a few nice places.

    Catch her at ATD: LI's Summer Social on August 22nd and ask how her role as a Senior Manager, Learning (Global Operations), helps to make Hilton such a worldwide success.

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    LPW: A career transition 5 years ago triggered my finding ATD LI.

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a workday look like for you?

    LPW: I am a Senior Manager, Learning for Hilton, supporting on-property training resources for several hotel departments globally from a home-based office. Two workdays are never the same, working on a vast array of learning projects for different audiences, always in search of the most effective training resource for the learners.

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    LPW: My entire working career has been in Human Resources, beginning with my first HR assistant job out of college in a hotel HR office.

    ATD: What do you value most about ATD LI?

    LPW: The ability to connect with so many talent development individuals who represent all facets of the profession and to enhance my own development through our varied speakers and presentations.

    ATD: What is one thing you wished you had done differently on a learning and development project, and why?

    LPW: Always respect the (learning project management) process and maintain objectivity throughout.

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?


    1.    The sheer volume of existing learning resources becomes overwhelming for the learner.

    2.    Providing target learners with easy access to just-in-time learning resources, especially for those who do not work at a desk.

    3.    Measuring training effectiveness.

    4.    Sifting through new and tested delivery methods to identify which one is right while remaining innovative.

  • 29 May 2019 8:37 PM | Stephanie Burke (Administrator)

    Eric Whitacre Conference Daily

  • 29 May 2019 8:30 PM | Stephanie Burke (Administrator)
    Seth Godin keynote
  • 16 May 2019 8:00 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD: Long Island! As we head into summer I can honestly say that I feel the ATD: LI events have been keeping me engaged and informed. While attending the Career Journey Open Mic night last week, I had the good fortune to meet and receive some advice from this month's highlighted member, Simone Wilson.

    Ms. Wilson is another great example of how the professionals who make up ATD: LI step-up and contribute their uniques insights and talents, helping our members to achieve further career growth and success. 

    Read below for some talking points the next time you catch Ms. Wilson at an event, and perhaps you can learn some more about getting the best value from learning & development in your organization!

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    SW: I learned about ATD LI (ASTD at the time) while I was in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master’s program at Hofstra University. When I entered the workforce, I was re-introduced, attended a few meetings and joined ATD LI.

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a workday look like for you?

    SW: My current work situation is two-fold. I serve as Talent and Organizational Development Leader for United Methodist Women, a nonprofitorganization headquartered in NYC. In addition to this role, independently through 

    Wilson Rose Solutions, I provide career coaching and facilitation services to help individuals and teams achieve results. My workday at United Methodist Women varies, with the commonality of regular meetings with colleagues in different roles across the organization. I oversee the organization’s newly rolled out Learning and Development Communities and collaborate with our Senior Leadership Team and Human Resources Director on strategic initiatives to help strengthen the organization.

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    SW: My interest in talent development began while I was in the Master’s program at Hofstra University. Years later, I secured a training specialist role which allowed me to hone my skills and gain more in-depth experience. Prior to that it was self-education and connecting with individuals already in the field.

    ATD: What do you suggest to new members for them to gain the most benefit from ATD LI?

    SW: I would suggest to new members to not only join ATD LI, but really engage with other members and get involved in events. It’s an opportunity to engage with people with common interest, and the added benefit of different levels of experience and perspective. A suggestion that I am currently practicing.

    ATD: What was the most challenging experience you ever had in talent development, and why?

    SW: The most challenging experience I’ve faced is navigating the gap that can exist between a stated desire to develop talent and the actual resources that are available to help drive successful implementation. I’ve found it beneficial to outline what’s needed and critical to success and to get support on the front end, not just in words but in action.

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?

    SW: In some spaces, learning and development is viewed as an add-on versus a component of the organizational strategy. The best value will be seen when it is tied to the overall culture of the organization.

  • 07 May 2019 2:50 PM | Stephanie Burke (Administrator)

    Great article by my favorite leadership expert Dan Rockwell on core competencies for success and interview with Jim Harter, Ph.D. Gallup researcher and author of It's the Manager and 12:Elements of Great Managing. It's all about relationships. 

    7 Universal Competencies for Success in Any Role

  • 01 May 2019 9:25 AM | Stephanie Burke (Administrator)

    Great article to celebrate International Coaching Week on the critical elements you need if you are looking to grow a coaching culture.


    4 Ways to Foster a Coaching Culture

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