2017 Talent Development Summit

Hudson-Mohawk ATD

2017 Talent Development Summit

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn Troy, 235 Hoosick St., Troy, NY


Thank you for an awesome summit.  We look forward to your feedback in the general and session evaluations.

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11, 2018 back at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Call for presenters will be in the fall with registration in January 2018.


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We have 2 keynotes this year!!

Morning Keynote

Afternoon Keynote

Mary-Clare Race

Julie Gedro

Meg Benke


Mary-Clare Race, Ph.D., is the Chief Creative Officer at Mind Gym, based in New York. Mind Gym is a people consultancy that effectively transforms the way people think, act, and behave at work and at home. Dr. Race is an organizational psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. She holds a bachelor of science degree in social psychology, a master of science degree in organizational psychology, and has recently completed her PhD at University College London.

Mary-Clare and her team of psychologists act as behavior change agents by helping companies focus on their employees’ needs to empower professionals to think differently about their work. Since the launch of the UK headquarters in 2001 and the U.S. office in 2006, Mind Gym has helped improve performance at more than 1,200 companies for more than 1 million employees in more than 40 countries around the world, including 53 percent of the S&P 100 and 61 percent of FTSE 100 companies.

Meg Benke, Ph.D., is a professor and mentor in Empire State College’s School of Graduate Studies in adult learning and emerging technologies. In 2013, Dr. Benke was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame for her contributions to adult and online learning. Dr. Benke was recognized for the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual, by Sloan-C, a national consortium for distance learning providers in 2007. In 2010, Benke was honored by the board of directors of the Sloan Consortium, by being named to its inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows, for her extraordinary qualifications, significant experience, distinguished service and leadership in the field of online learning. She was named president of the board of directors of Sloan-C, and continues as past board president.

Dr. Benke also serves as a commissioner for the Middle States Association for Higher Education, and participated as a commissioner for the National Commission on Inter-state Regulation of Distance Education. See also serves as a member of New York State’s Regents Advisory Council.

Dr. Benke presentations and publications focus on adult learning, online learning, prior learning assessment and progressive education.


Julie Gedro is Associate Dean and Professor of Business at SUNY Empire State College. Dr. Gedro’s research and teaching focuses on human resource management and development. She has designed and developed coursework that embraces a variety of teaching and learning modalities including online and blended models and is the co-designer and coordinator of Empire State College’s first undergraduate certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability (which is available through OPEN SUNY). Dr. Gedro’s work has been recognized at Empire State College with the Jane Altes Prize for Outstanding Community Service and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Her work on identity and career development was recognized with the Academy of Human Resource Management’s Cutting Edge Award. Dr. Gedro is the President-Elect of the Academy for Human Resource Development. Her latest book, Identity, Meaning and Subjectivity in Career Development: Evolving Perspectives in Human Resources (Palgrave Macmillan) is slated for publication in July, 2017.



8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Registration / Exhibitor Fair / Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Welcome from Conference Chair and Chapter President
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.mMorning Keynote Address by Mary-Clare Race, Mind Gym - "The 6 Psychological Tricks That Make Learning Stick"
10:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m.Break / Exhibitor Fair
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.SESSION 1

“Surviving the Silver Tsunami”

Elaine Angelo

"Peer Mentoring-70:20:10”

Philip LeNir

“Eradicate The Just Disease from Your Company Culture”

Patrick Longo
12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m.Lunch / Exhibitor Fair
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.SESSION 4

“Engaging Leadership”

Jim Snack

“Creating Engaging & Purposeful Learning Activities”

Candice Hunt

“You Oughta Be in Pictures!"

Mark Grimm
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break / Exhibitor Fair
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Table Talk with the Hudson-Mohawk ATD Board of Directors
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Afternoon Keynote Address by Meg Benke & Julie Gedro, Empire State College - "Online Talent Development: Higher Education and Employee Development"
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Closing and Drawing of Prizes



Mary-Clare Race

The 6 Psychological Tricks That Make Learning Stick
Mary-Clare Race, Ph.D.
Global Head of Solutions, Mind Gym

Discover six new psychological tricks from the latest thinking in learning sciences that can help you in both your professional and personal life to apply what you’ve learned. Drawing on the wealth of research from behaviorist to social learning specialists as well as clinical, developmental, and occupational psychology, this session will help you understand the science of the mind so you can create learning experiences that are relevant, engaging, and effective.

In the keynote you will:

  • Learn practical tips to apply the six psychological tricks to your own learning solutions;
  • Apply some of the latest thinking in the learning sciences;
  • Consider how to amend your learning experiences so that they are relevant, engaging, and effective.


Elaine Angelo

Elaine Angelo

Surviving the Silver Tsunami
Elaine Angelo, ProKnowledge LLC

Based on workplace demographic projections, the Millennial generation (born 1981-2000) will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. The retirement of Baby Boomers (born 1946-64) will create a ‘Silver Tsunami,’ taking years of experience, management and professional development skills with them. How your organization approaches its current development initiatives will determine how it survives the ‘Silver Tsunami.’ Join your Talent Development colleagues as we discuss how the generation gap can be bridged while preparing your organization for the aftermath of this experience/skills transfer.

In this session participants will:

  • Define each generation and the events, icons and economic climate that shaped it;
  • Describe the shifting generational components of the U.S. workforce;
  • Develop initiatives that focus on inter-generational synergy to ensure the transfer of knowledge and experience.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Knowledge Management, Change Management & Integrated Talent Management

Elaine Angelo has 25 years of experience leading Human Resource and Organizational Development initiatives in a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500, non-profits, member associations and family-owned. Her experience with 13 mergers & acquisitions and 3 start-up ventures positions her to understand the development needs of employees who are challenged by an ever-changing landscape. Elaine has filled a variety of HR/OD roles while leading employee-focused projects, HR systems conversions, benefits enrollment platforms, and merger/acquisition-related initiatives to unite workforces around common goals and processes. She shares her talents at team building sessions, retreats, conference workshops, professional panels, and executive coaching consultations, and is certified to facilitate Everything DiSC Workplace® and Caliper Profile/Caliper 360 Plus assessments. Elaine is the recipient of the 2014 Training Organization of the Year Award (HMATD) and 2009 Trainer of the Year Award (HMASTD). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree Communications from Ithaca College.


CPhilip LeNir

Philip LeNir

Peer Mentoring — 70:20:10
Philip LeNir, CoachingOurselves

70:20:10 is a simple concept. It describes the way adults learn best in the workplace: through a combination of experience, social exposure, and formal education. This requires a change of mindset, from seeing learning as a preparation for work, to seeing it as a driver for change within and beyond the daily workflow.


In this session participants will:

  • Appreciate the benefits of adopting 70:20:10;
  • Understand the challenges that need to be addressed in adopting 70:20:10;
  • Consider how all this could apply to yourselves and the organization you work for.


Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Instructional Design and Training Delivery

Phil LeNir is president of CoachingOurselves but thinks he is still just an electrical engineer working on the incredibly complex challenge of helping organizations develop their leaders. He co-founded CoachingOurselves with Henry Mintzberg after adapting Henry’s ideas on management education for use directly in his place of work.


Patrick Longo

Patrick Longo

Eradicate The Just Disease from Your Company Culture
Patrick Longo, Upaya Partners

Most people at one point have said “I’m just…” before talking about their job, or role in life, thus negating their self-worth, achievements, and ability to make impactful change every day. Through powerful anecdotes Patrick gets to the root of what he calls “The Just Disease,” providing a framework for leaders to build a culture of ownership, engagement, change, and innovation. Using the idea of a petri dish, Longo shows how this self-marginalization takes over your company “culture” in three ways: those who “bring” it with them, those who contract it at your company, and those who are “carriers” and infect others. Though examination of the recruiting, onboarding, training, and management process, leaders are shown how to empower employees to “own” their company role, rather than “rent” it, curing current employees and inoculating the company from future affliction by creating a full life-cycle of talent recruitment, talent development, as well as personal, team, and department accountability.

In this session participants will:

  • A framework for change management (recruiting, management, and talent development).;
  • The ability to recognize what stifles innovation at their company;
  • A new “vernacular” to quickly identify the roles and practices that lead to negative company culture, and provide a path to integrating HR, management, and marketing to “immunize” it moving forward.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Change Management, Integrated Talent Management, Performance Improvement, Coaching, Knowledge Management

Patrick Longo is CEO of Upaya Partners, a firm specializing in transforming companies and people through both professional and personal development. His life’s greatest passion is to share his successes and more so, his mistakes and failures, to motivated others to learn from his experience, and harness their creativity, drive, and spirit. He does this through powerful anecdotes and self-deprecating humor.

He’s a recognized motivational speaker, facilitator and trainer for topics such as company culture, change management, organizational development, talent acquisition, personal branding and development, sales, customer experience, customer service, and crowdfunding.


Jim Snack

James Snack

Engaging Leadership
James Snack, The Engagement Project

Employee engagement, the willingness of each employee to strive to do their best work on a daily basis, has become a leading indicator of performance across all organizations. Research shows that the relationship between employees, managers and senior leaders has a significant impact on employee engagement. But questions remain. How does leadership drive employee engagement in the workplace? How do managers communicate with their subordinates on an ongoing basis and how do those communication practices that effect engagement? Leaders at every level in an organization need effective strategies for creating a workplace culture that motivates and engages employees. Participants will learn how communication affects engagement and why specific communication strategies should be included in leadership training and development programs designed to increase levels of employee engagement.

In this session participants will:

  • Understand three psychological conditions that affect employee engagement;
  • Learn how managers and supervisors affect engagement through their communication practices;
  • Learn how specific communication strategies, such as the use of narratives, impact levels of employee engagement.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Integrated Talent Management & Managing Learning Programs

James Snack is a Certified Speaking Professional who specializes in employee motivation and engagement. He presents keynote speeches, half- and full-day seminars on change, teamwork, leadership and communication. Jim is one of less than 700 speakers worldwide who have earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association, the highest earned award in the speaking profession. He currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany where he is working on his PhD in Organizational Communication and conducting research on organizational culture and engagement.


Candice Hunt

Candice Hunt

Creating Engaging & Purposeful Learning Activities
Candice Hunt, LeverPoint Management

Get ready to jump out of your seats and be engaged in this session. We will cover a wide variety of facilitation techniques to help you lead a more engaging training session. You will leave with a basic understanding of how the adult learner learns best, as well as a toolbox of techniques to improve learning in your classroom. Picking an activity is not merely a matter of picking a ‘fun’ activity; it must align with both your training objectives and your overall program initiatives. You will learn how to pick activities wisely, as well as how to sell these activities to a skeptical audience and upper management. You will leave this fast-paced interactive training will a long list of activities and games that you can begin using in your training classroom immediately.

In this session participants will:

  • Understand the basics of adult learning theory;
  • Understand how to choose classroom activities with purpose;
  • Leave with a Toolbox of classroom activities and facilitation techniques to begin using immediately.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Training Delivery & Instructional Design

Candice Hunt is a former teacher who transitioned into training and development after 6 years in the classroom. She graduated from Siena College with her B.A. in English and Minor in Writing and Communications, and from Boston College with her M.Ed. in Secondary English Education. Candice taught different levels and demographics of students, including high school students, adults, and inmates in a local correctional facility. Candice’s background in curriculum development, classroom facilitation, and learning theory has given her the tools necessary to develop training programs that are both engaging and relevant in the corporate setting. Candice is excited to share some of the ‘tools of the trade’ that have helped her succeed as both a teacher and corporate trainer.


Mark Grimm

Mark Grimm

You Oughta Be in Pictures!
Mark Grimm, Grimm Biz Seminars & Coaching

It is striking how many people do not put photos on their LinkedIn profiles. It makes them appear like secret agents. Many people hate to be photographed. You may be one of them. But with smart phones and social media, a good photo is a necessity today for business and personal use. Your photo is the first impression you make to a social media audience. It matters.

This session will tap into the presenters’ experience as a TV news anchor, professional model and communication trainer to give you a step-by-step guide for creating the best possible photo, without the cost of professional photographer. You’ll learn why your expression makes the photo work and will talk about what you are trying to convey. You’ll learn how to appear natural and why taking many photos is important. You’ll also hear why a smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.
This is a session for the skeptics and for anyone else who’d like an edge by creating a better photo.

In this session participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of the importance of a good photo;
  • Learn how to create an expression with a camera;
  • Learn vital tips to creating your best photo.

Aligned with ATD Competency(ies): Communication/Marketing/Empowerment

Former TV news anchor Mark Grimm sees the light in everyone – he is a professional speaker and trainer who has made hundreds of presentations with dazzling reviews and has also made media appearances on communication, marketing, media and politics. The one-time ASTD Trainer of the Year has conducted one-on-one interviews with Presidents Bush and Clinton. He is the executive/producer host of the highly-rated Siena Alumni Connection interview show on FM 88.3 The Saint.

Mark provides speaking coaching, media and message counsel, and political consulting. He was also an adjunct media professor for 11 years at Siena and St. Rose. Mark’s book, “Everyone Can Be A Dynamic Speaker; Yes, I Mean You!”, is inspirational and provides Mark’s personal story of his own journey from nervous presenter to professional speaker. Catch video of Mark in action and find more on his book at markgrimm.com.


Meg Benke

Julie Gedro

Online Talent Development: Higher Education and Employee Development

Meg Benke, Ph.D.
Professor & Mentor, School of Graduate Studies
Empire State College

Julie Gedro, MBA, PHR, EdD
Associate Dean – School of Business
Empire State College

Two presenters from online and blended education at Empire State College share their perceptions about the move to technology enhanced education and career development. What is collective vision for the intersections between higher education, employability, employee and career development? How do we best equip our organizations and employees for employee development and careers in the near future? Why has higher education made choices about online learning, blended learning, prior learning assessment and competency-based learning?





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