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Talent Development

2018 Award Recipients

2018 CNY BEST News Story

For Profit

Claims DNA Badging Talent Development Program

The Hartford’s Claims organization recognized that building employee core competencies drives continuous improvement and profitable growth. Employees are naturally motivated by development. They also want to differentiate their value and achieve recognition for their skills. For these reasons, The Hartford designed a talent development program focused on developing, improving and sustaining essential capabilities known as ‘Claims DNA’. Transferable digital badges are the centerpiece of this program. Employees’ personal motivation to develop is enhanced and rewarded because their essential skills are publicly recognized. Each earned badge stays with the employee throughout their career and each employee can add to their portfolio of badges as their capabilities mature and expand. The program provides ongoing continuous personal talent development and organizational improvement.


Not for Profit

Clueing In To Risk Management

In order to provide the best in patient care, Crouse constantly trains employees on common corporate compliance issues. This is accomplished through mandatory, yearly computer-based learning modules and in-person classes.  Every three years, lectures of common issues are presented. Crouse Health’s Education and Professional Development team transformed the standard risk management lecture into an interactive multimedia class. Based on the game of Clue, the class introduced staff to characters and scenarios of common risk management issues around communication, HIPAA and credentials. The interactive class uses videos, debriefing, discussions and sharing stories to determine: Who did what? How? and What should have happened?



ONE Training Team

Talent Development for Growth and Success

Over the last year, Oneida Nation Enterprises saw continued growth and success in the openings of a new casino complex, a wine and spirits superstore and a new convenience store brand. In addition to these openings, new systems were implemented to enhance the guest experience and new certification programs were conducted to ensure leadership and employees stayed up to date and compliant in the requirements of the business. All of this was accomplished while ongoing department, team and individual training and development programs continued to meet the needs of its employees. Through the onboarding of almost 1,600 new employees, to guest service, compliance and leadership training and beyond, the ONE Training Team ensured the success of the new enterprises as well as the continued growth and development of the over 3,500 employees who completed training during the year.   

2018 CNY BEST Nominees 

2018 CNY BEST Nomination Summaries

For Profit

Community Bank, N.A.
The Hartford
International Wire Group, Bare Wire Division
NYCM Insurance

Not for Profit

American Heart Association - Greater Syracuse
University Center for Training and Development,
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Crouse Health
Onondaga Community College

Nick Meskos, AmeriCU Credit Union
Oneida Nation Enterprises Training Team

Recognizing excellence in talent development in the CNY area

2018 CNY BEST Sponsors





Thank you
Keynote Speaker

Randy Wolken
President & CEO
MACNY, The Manufacturers Association
Talent Development in Today's Economy
Than You CNY BEST Judges 

Kristen Barney, Suburban Propane
Gayle Bays, CPLP
Laura Carroll
Chris Coladonato, CPLP, Farmers Insurance; ATD Maryland
James D'Agostino, TDO - Train, Develop, Optimize
Steve DeHart, CPLP, Progressive Insurance; CNY ATD President Elect
Louise Hand, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Saab Sensis; CNY SHRM Vice President
David Hofstetter, The Hofstetter Group; ATD National Advisor for Chapters
Daniel Lobb, CPLP, TRP Enterprises Inc.; Past ATD National Advisor for Chapters
Debbie Morello, Morello & Associates
Lisa Rawcliffe, Engage Forward

CNY BEST Silent Auction and Raffle

Fun, fundraiser to benefit the

Sharing the BEST

Annual program where CNY BEST Talent Development nominees share information about their nominated practices

Hear about a diversity of talent development topics and techniques

March 15, 2019

"Seriously! So many great ideas."
"Wonderful sharing opportunity. Love hearing new ideas."
"Fantastic - Thank you!"

2018 CNY BEST Committee

Beth King, Chair
O.C. Tanner
Manal El-Tigi
Manal El-Tigi Learning Consultant

Cathy Gaynor
Emergent, LLC
Brenda Grady
ACME Planning

Jim Jerose
Nuvenu Business Advisors
Debbie Morello
Morello & Associates
Cindy Renno

PO Box 6343
Syracuse, NY 13217-6343


Central New York Chapter of
Association for Talent Development (ATD)

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