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Audio series where CNY ATD hosts conversations with leaders and practitioners behind diverse talent development efforts in CNY organizations.
Learn about what various organizations and individuals are doing to develop and grow the knowledge, skills and abilities of their work force.
Walk away with a few ideas you could implement yourself

Spring 2022 Chat

In this episode of TalentChat, Tanya Eastman, CNY ATD Emerging Committee Member, sits down with Jim D’Agostino, CEO/MEP Center Director at TDO (Train Develop Optimize). Jim shares insights into the training and development problems and opportunities that TDO helps solve with manufacturing and technology organizations they work with in our community. You’ll hear how TDO meets their clients “where they are at” by providing customized solutions from the suite of tools in their own toolbox and through partnering with regional subject matter experts, all with a focus on driving impact for local organizations. In addition to supporting organizations in our community, Jim shares how TDO intentionally invests in the learning and development of TDO’s team creating a win-win for TDO and its clients. This 15-minute conversation will provide you with information about TDO and the learning and development priorities in the manufacturing and technology sectors locally – many of which can apply to other sectors!


Jim D'Agostino
CEO / MEP Center Director

Past Chats

Fall 2021 Chat

How social is your organization? Why does it matter and where to start?

In this episode of TalentChat, Tanya Eastman, CNY ATD Emerging Committee Member, takes the mic and interviews Mark Britz, co-author of Social By Design - How to create and scale a collaborative company. In the conversation, you'll learn more about which organizations are right for a social reboot, how to get started creating a more social environment, the role of L&D, Leadership and Organizational Design in stimulating connection and collaboration. 


Mark Britz
Chief Strategist

As Chief Strategist for Social By Design Solutions, Mark helps organizations through technology and systems change to create sustainable organization-wide connection and collaboration. After years of improving connection and collaboration for organizations, Mark decided to co-author a talent development book with practical principles that companies could read quickly, grasp the ideas and make changes. His book, Social By Design, helps organizations remove barriers so knowledge flows more quickly, resulting in greater employee responsiveness and engagement.

Spring 2021 Chat

In this episode of TalentChat, Carrie Hogue shares her vision of Talent Development at Corning Incorporated with Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair; how she moved from being a Corning scientist into her current Talent Development role and frames her approach from her own experience. You'll hear how she led the effort to create a learning culture and ensure learning continued throughout the pandemic by leveraging internal resources and curation efforts. And how her solution continues today. This 12-minute conversation will provide you with inspiration and ideas you can leverage at your own organizations!


Hear the story of Corning Incorporated's efforts that won them a CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Diamond Award.


Carrie Hogue
Workforce Development Specialist

Carrie has transitioned from her role as a reseacrh scientist to imlpementing workforce development initaitives at Corning,

Fall 2020 Chat

Erin Cunia of National Grid joins Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, in this episode of TalentChat to share National Grid's successful transition from traditional training to digital during COVID. Leveraging video and mobile technology, National Grid was able to move quickly to maintain the effectiveness of their required training under extreme pressure and new reality.


You’ll learn the inside story and the details from National Grid’s CNY BEST Talent Development Resilience Gold Award winning strategy and approach that you can leverage in your own organization today.


Erin Cunia
Lead Program Manager, Talent Development

Erin currently manages new talent workforce development programs and quality assurance for product development in technical training programs.

Summer 2020 Chat

Cindy Angelini of The Hartford joins Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, on this episode of TalentChat to talk about developing an apprenticeship program and how this approach has increased the employee pipeline, streamlined training and improved retention.


Learn from Cindy about the various considerations of starting an apprenticeship program at your organization, advantages and the recent challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.


Cindy Angelini
Claims Apprenticeship/Internship Manager

Cindy manages The Hartford's apprenticeship and internship programs.

Spring 2020 Chat

In this episode of TalentChat, Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, is joined by Kristen Barney of Suburban Propane. Learn how she and her team revamped their new hire training initiative, garnering a CNY BEST Talent Development award.


You'll hear how Suburban Propane uses a holistic approach to talent development with robust feedback efforts, continuous improvement, supervisor SME input, coaching, mentoring and more!  


Kristen Barney
Manager of Quality Improvement and Training

Kristen is responsible for providing leadership and direction regarding quality improvement and training initiatives across Suburban Propane’s Contact Center.

Fall 2019 Chat

In this third in the TalentChat series, Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, is joined by Cheri Green, Training and Development Manager at OneGroup along with Chris Mason, OneGroup’s President. This is a real special interview because you get to hear how executive level buy-in and co-leadership sets the tone for organizational learning.


Listen for the key pieces of insight around the role of managers and the attention they have to the culture.


Cheri Green 
Training and Development Manager


Chris Mason


Cheri works hand in hand with all managers and leaders at OneGroup to ensure we are meeting the needs and wants of our team members in learning and development journey. We focus on development of the whole person, this includes an industry related focus as well as personal and professional growth.
Chris is President at OneGroup and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency. He also focuses on the all-around culture we have at OneGroup and how it impacts the day-to-day workings of our organization. He builds the culture into everything we do and everything we are.

Summer 2019 Chat

In this second in the Talent Chat series, Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, sits down with Melanie Brunet Relyea, Director, Training and Performance Management at Oneida Nation Enterprises, LLC to discuss how they're approaching talent development specifically in the areas of new hire orientation and leadership across casinos, convenience stores, golf courses, food services and their other entities. It’s a massive undertaking but Melanie’s small but mighty CNY BEST Talent Deveopment  award winning Team is up for the challenge, taking an internal consultant approach and working in concert with managers and VPs to make learning a key part of the growth at Oneida Nation Enterprises


You'll learn where and how talent development is deployed, the importance of full organization support and the various challenges in supporting a rapidly growing enterprise.


Melanie Brunet Relyea
Director, Training and Performance Management

Melanie strategically consults and aligns with business partners across all enterprises of the Oneida Nation, providing a world class educational experience that ensures the personal and professional development of employees and the growth and success of each business enterprise served.

Spring 2019 Chat

In this inaugural episode Mark Britz, CNY ATD Emerging Chair, sits down with Allyson Roote, Director of Learning and Organizational Development at The Bonadio Group, a public accounting and business consulting firm, to discuss how they're approaching the development needs of their workforce in ways that both help engagement and impact as well as their plans for the future.


You'll learn how Bonadio is moving beyond industry compliance and regulatory training only, tying learning to their culture, and the emergence of Bonadio University.


Allyson Roote
Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Allyson is responsible for working hand-in-hand with all levels of the firm to develop a robust and dynamic learning strategy. She ensures that the learning solutions drive performance and focus on a holistic approach to development. Allyson has a passion for motivating people and helping them reach their potential. 

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