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2021 CNY BEST Awards Ceremony Program
2021 CNY BEST Talent Development Awards Press Release

2021 Award Recipients


Our Journey to Securing Course Materials

National Grid’s Our Journey to Securing Course Materials project was initiated to address issues relating to course materials: no formal procedures for monitoring course content or access to the materials, inconsistent, inefficient approaches to search, locate and use materials, missing, accidentally moved, deleted or outdated files, reproducing materials to replace those lost or missing, along with security issues resulting in a new IT cybersecurity plan. Following research and discussions, the Instructional Design team led the process of reviewing and moving all course materials to a new SharePoint site. The application provided the team a better way with improved overall processes to create permissions, manage courses, track version history and have accountability to creating or changing course materials.



Keeping People Safe and Factories Running

Keeping People Safe and Factories Running is a consortium of 23 companies that came together in the early stage of the pandemic to address a fear that the infection could shut down operations with a devastating impact on the companies, the economy, the communities, and the employees. This was an effort that required significant creativity, speed and commitment to get it right, and to work together to develop best practice protocols and Keep People Safe and Factories Running. Cohorts made a pledge that their respective companies would go above and beyond the safety and communications requirements put out by the various governmental agencies. Tasks, protocols, training, a set of common measurements of effectiveness and audits were agreed upon with a process of continuous improvement.



Leadership for Managers Course

Leadergrow Inc.’s Leadership for Managers Course is aimed at all leader positions from supervisor to C-suite executives, and is an excellent development course for aspiring leaders with the goal of creating a much higher caliber of leader. Developed using many years of experience by a top thought leader on leadership development, the course shows a passion and belief that the highest calling for any leader is to grow other leaders. The course covers leadership, motivation, culture, building trust along with communications and people skills, organizational and corporate skills, and integrating work and life.

Recognizing excellence in talent development in the CNY area

2021 CNY BEST Nominees 

2021 CNY BEST Nomination Summaries

AmeriCU Credit Union
Keeping People Safe and Factories Running
Leadergrow Inc.
National Grid
Oneida Nation Enterprises, LLC
TDO - Train, Develop, Optimize
Tompkins Financial Corporation
YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga Co. Inc.

2021 CNY BEST Sponsors




Thank you
Keynote Speaker

Melanie Littlejohn
VP of Customer & Community Management

Talent Development….
Your Super Power or Your Kryptonite?
Thank You CNY BEST Judges 

Bernadette Costello, BCC Consulting; ATD National Advisor for Chapters
David Goodness, Workforce Development Institute
Jeff Gribble, OakLeaf Strategy
Louise Hand, SHRM-SCP, Exelon; CNY SHRM President
Joanne Rauch, CR Fletcher Associates
Sheena Solomon, Gifford Foundation

2021 CNY BEST Committee
Jim D'Agostino, Chair
TDO - Train, Develop, Optimize
Cathy Gaynor, Vice Chair
Kristen Barney
Suburban Propane
Julie Billings
Eventi Management

Brenda Grady
ACME Planning

Cindy Oehmigen
MACNY, The Manufacturers Association
Joanne Rauch
CR Fletcher Associates

PO Box 6343
Syracuse, NY 13217-6343


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

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