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2023 CNY BEST Awards Ceremony Program
2023 CNY BEST Talent Development Awards Press Release

2023 Award Recipients

For Profit

Leading @VIP: Changemakers Speakers Series
The VIP enterprise is an integrated Design-Build firm consisting of architects, engineers, and builders, who work together to perfect our design-build craft to deliver exceptional quality and craftsmanship to our clients in and outside of our homebase of Syracuse. Employee retention and development are key to the organization’s growth. Formed in 2020, Leading @VIP is the enterprise leadership development platform, an integrative approach to talent development focusing on Business Leadership Development and Emerging Leader Upskilling. In 2023, the post-pandemic workforce required a comprehensive solution and Community Engagement was added as the third prong to this integrative development platform. We knew from societal shifts and employee feedback, we needed to bridge our organization in the greater community in a more meaningful way to truly enrich our organizational culture. Focusing on Community Engagement, Leading @VIP Changemakers Speaker Series, showcases business leaders who promote positive change, equity, justice, and empower marginalized groups. The speakers invited are women who are agents of change within their own organization or community. The series format is that of a fireside chat which aims to provoke experiential stories alongside direct and practical advice through a conversational style. The aim is to offer VIP employees a deeper relationship with the Syracuse community so they may identify how they can make change in the organization and community.


Not for Profit

Leadership and Personal Development

The purpose of the program is to meet the needs of our employees as we navigate through rapid growth and staff changes. This forced increased pressure on all levels of management as well as the increased staff stress due to staffing issues and COVID fatigue, we were in need of leadership training and self-awareness training. This program consisted of DISC Assessment and Debrief, Personal Development Training, Communication Workshops, Servant Leadership Sessions, Teamwork Sessions, Team Assessment Leadership Game and Personal Development Sessions. All sessions are designed to encouraged to create honest and full communication, team building, basic and in-depth training, learning perspective, and creating next step solutions for all levels of leadership, organization and Community engagement. Employees have gained a better understanding of themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, how they communicate, and the importance of taking time for personal growth. The morale at the organization has improved dramatically and staff is much more engaged.



Emergent Leader

Emergent noticed a need in the local business community that was not being met: leadership training for front-line managers. This realization sparked the development of Emergent Leader (EL), a remote leadership course designed specifically for front-line managers. The program brings together leaders from a variety of companies in order to foster a collaborative learning environment. EL seeks to make leadership training accessible to all leaders. As a remote course, it allows geographically dispersed participants to learn together. Its public ethos allows firms with smaller budgets to develop their employees without contracting a private class. Additionally, Emergent has partnered with local nonprofits and foundations to provide scholarships for individuals interested in Emergent Leader. The success of the EL program has inspired the Emergent team to reflect on the importance of reaching underserved leaders and strengthening the bedrock of local businesses by prioritizing accessibility and access.



Employees Crave Skills: Keys to a Successful Learning Platform Rollout

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, NBT Bancorp's Talent and Organizational Development Team adapted to better support employee growth. They aimed to shift towards an ongoing skill development model to accommodate the company's geographical expansion during the pandemic, address employee engagement concerns, and mitigate knowledge loss from retirements. They initiated a learning-specific survey to identify needs and found that providing on-demand content was the optimal solution. With the introduction of their new HRIS platform, including the internally branded NBT University, the team partnered with a content vendor to offer on-demand skill development resources. This empowered employees to develop their skills at their convenience, regardless of location, resulting in widespread platform adoption with activation rates surpassing those of similar organizations.

Recognizing excellence in talent development in the CNY area

2023 CNY BEST Nominees 

Assured Information Security (AIS) and Logical Operations
AmeriCU Credit Union

Bitzer Scroll

Chick-fil-A Restaurants

Cliff’s Local Market

Community Bank


Lifestyle Growth

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association

NBT Bancorp Talent and Organizational Development Team

Oswego County Federal Credit Union

Pamela Gavenda, Syracuse University

Perspective Mentoring

Suburban Propane

VIP Structures


2023 CNY BEST Talent Development Nominees Announced

2023 CNY BEST Sponsors




Michael Hausladen
General Manager

Betting on Our Future
Thank You 2023 CNY BEST Judges 

Eileen HudackSUNY Upstate Medical University
David LangevinLHCM Solutions
Jessica Mastrobattista
Anh Murphy
Syracuse University
Cindy OehmigenMACNY, The Manufacturers Association

2023 CNY BEST Committee
Jim D'Agostino, Chair
TDO - Train, Develop, Optimize
David Langevin, Vice Chair
LHCM Solutions
Kristen Barney
Suburban Propane
Julie Billings
Core Lynk
Jeff Carpenter
Cliff's Local Markets
Brenda Grady
ACME Planning
Jeff Gribble
OakLeaf Group
Anh Murphy
Syracuse University
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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