Talk, share, grow, and recharge at ATD Buffalo Niagara's monthly networking Coffee & Connections event.
This casual setting is a place to share best practices, explore ideas, develop and refine your work, and brainstorm solutions for challenges you're facing.
Building our talent development community one cup at a time!
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
- Arthur Ashe, professional athlete & activist.
Uncomfortable conversations are difficult. No one wants to start them and it's awkward to be in them. So why have them? It's important to start the conversations to understand each other before they become conflicts. Too often, we avoid the uncomfortable conversations until it's too late. Let's take the first step together in this session.
In this session, we will explore & discuss:
What are the challenges in discussing Inclusion & Belonging?
What does culture have to do with it?
How do you actually get comfortable with discomfort?
Why should you attend?
As talent development professionals, it is important for us to understand how to leverage inclusion & belonging for the benefit of our learners and organizations.
Areas covered in the session:
Share 3 simple strategies to support inclusion.
Know how inclusion benefits you, your learners/talent, your organization/leaders.
Explain what belonging practices are being used in organizations today.
About the Presenters:
Rosemary Okoiti is the Learning & Development Manager at Winrock International. She is also the founder and CEO of Rosemary Okoiti Consulting, a company that coaches and trains professionals to take the leap to reinvent themselves into successful entrepreneurs. She has extensive global experience in three continents covering intercultural business coaching & facilitation; training delivery, design and management of Leadership development programs, compliance and on-boarding. She is passionate about helping you start & run your own successful business as well as designing and delivering engaging learning solutions that help learners grow to their highest potential while driving achievement of strategic business goals.
Rosemary’s global exposure through talent development as well as her personal experiences have driven her passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leading to her involvement in advocating for it.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development New York City (ATD NYC) chapter as the Vice President of Talent Management.
She holds a Masters of Education in Entrepreneurship Development from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors of Education in Economics & Business from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
She is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).
Juliet Hart specializes in developing the leadership capabilities of scientists and their organizations. She is the founder of Hart & Chin, a company that offers workshops, coaching, and consulting services. She believes that strengthening the leadership and interpersonal skills of scientists will make them more effective leaders, who will have a larger impact and create greater value for the organizations they serve.
Previously working as a scientist at Johnson & Johnson, she has seen the impact of her work drive employee engagement, increase collaboration, and stimulate innovation across functions. She has lead trainings on developing leadership & management skills, cross-cultural awareness, presentation pitching, & communications skills. Juliet established her expertise in learning and development through progressive roles within Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. In addition, she has obtained management training from the Yale School of Management. She began her journey in drug discovery as a laboratory scientist at small to mid-sized biotech companies and at Janssen (J&J) in San Diego, CA.
Juliet earned her Bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York - Hunter College in psychology. There she conducted research in biopsychology as a National Institutes of Health - Scholar Fellow, published papers, contributed to the National Academy of Sciences, and presented at international conferences. As a native of Brooklyn, NY and working in the sciences, she has experienced the complexities of living and working in culturally diverse environments and relates her experiences in her work.
In the last two years, the Talent Development field, and our work in it, has changed rapidly. Many of us are putting on our best thinking caps to provide the best Talent Development services to our customers and patrons. Organizations are asking us to think outside the box, pivot, and innovate like never before. How do we attract talent, keep and engage talent, build bench strength, shape and build inclusive, diverse workplaces and cultures in this COVID-19 Buffalo Niagara world?
David Comstock is a graduate of Erie Community College with an associate in science in emergency management. Currently he continues his studies with SUNY Empire State, where he is currently working on a bachelor’s in science in business with a concentration in human resources.
David has been with M&T Bank for 8 years where he is a senior quality assurance analyst. In addition to his primary role he is the current president of the WNY Pride resource group and a talent acquisition ambassador. David is a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York where he services as a committee member of the Pride and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity committees.
O. Fiona Pratt-MacDonald is a dynamic and results-oriented emerging professional with superior interpersonal communication and leadership skills. She has a stellar academic record, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the past three years spent at University at Buffalo where she currently attends, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology. This past summer, Fiona interned in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She was involved in onboarding the Bank's new DEI Council and building a case for the compensation of the organization's ERG groups
Fiona is applying for several study abroad programs and a Fulbright scholarship. She has lived in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, Southern California, and Florida and currently lives in East Amherst with her family, two cats, and a dog.
Karen R. Brown (she/her/hers) is the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She oversees the development and implementation of programs and initiatives that promote a thriving, diverse, informed, and equitable region. She also collaborates with the Partnership team to provide unique D&I offerings such as the D&I Academy, D&I Symposium, and the D&I Executive Exchange for greater Buffalo.
Prior to joining the Partnership Karen was a Learning and Development Consultant at AAA Western and Central NY where she was instrumental in their D&I efforts. At Delaware North (Hamburg Gaming) she oversaw all training, rewards and recognition efforts and was Leader of the Quarter and Leader of the Year.
A published author Brown’s research is centered on inequality, and the experiences of women of color in academia. Karen holds a Master of Science degree from Buffalo State College, a bachelors from Medaille College and D&I certification from the University of South Florida. She is also certified in Learning Consultancy and Change Management from ATD. Karen has been married for over 25 years to a retired Buffalo firefighter and is a proud mom to a junior at Columbia-Chicago. In her spare time Karen is an avid Bills fan, and an enthusiastic theatergoer.
Peter Morris is President and Principal Consultant at P.R. Morris Consulting, LLC, a business consulting, and corporate training firm which he established in 1980.
Peter began his business career at the Xerox Corporation and the Harland Company where he enhanced and refined his training skills through their Sales and Management Training Programs and the Professional Sales Skills Programs. He then established his own consulting and training company, P.R. Morris Consulting, LLC, in 1980, concentrating in the corporate field with Leadership, Management and Sales Training as well as Strategic Planning, One-On-One Coaching.
Morris also spent more than 20 years in the weekly newspaper industry as Vice President of Sales & Corporate Development at H&K Publications, Inc., and Publisher of Metro Community News in Western New York. Peter founded, co-owned, and managed Finishline Publications, Inc., (NY Runners Journal); he co-owned and operated Fifty Buffalo St., Ltd., (a marketing and advertising agency) for twenty years prior to its sale in 2003. He is also co-founder of a new corporate training venture, CM Training and Development.
A graduate of New England College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Peter is also the recipient of the prestigious William Troy Award from the college. He has been listed in Strathmore's Who's Who for Leadership and Achievement and recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Free Community Papers of New York.
He now spends time writing his next book with anticipated publishing date in 2022.
Peter and his wife, Jeanne, live in NH.
Do hybrid teams work?
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the edges of how we work, how work gets done, and who is on your team.
A hybrid team is a flexible work structure where some employees work remotely, and other team members work from a central location or office. Hybrid team structures allow employees to decide whether they prefer an office environment or working from anywhere remotely.
Also, we’ve seen foundational tenets of work teams remain constant, and much of the research done almost 70 years ago is still relevant. An emerging and necessary skill for any person will be understanding and working with hybrid teams.
In this discussion, we will explore:
1. What works best and worst with hybrid work teams
2. Models and methods in team design and structure that support hybrid work teams
3. The edges of research in team development and the losses plus benefits for hybrid work teams
Please, come to this discussion with your experiences, opinions, and ideas.
About the Presenter:
Mike Cardus has focused expertise in team building, managerial-leadership, and organization development. Frequently asked to create solutions to address the development of high-performance teams, retention of talent, the innovation of product and profit streams, group conflict, coaching of leaders, developing systems to drive positive behaviors, and development of knowledge to increase organizational and personal effectiveness. Working primarily with teams and management within these organizations, his role has been honed to coach, counsel, facilitate and conduct focused group work.
Learn more about Mike https://mikecardus.com/
This LGBTQ+ cultural competency training will provide concrete information and real-world examples to help create a more equal, affirming, and productive environment. This type of training helps to improve communication, create a safer space, and develop tolerance for LGBTQ+ people. Our program has the following learning objectives:
About the Pride Center:
The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ people to live, work and establish their families. The Pride Center envisions an LGBTQ community in which individuals feel safe, secure, and affirmed where they live, work, worship, and play.
Emily Bystrak, MPH (she/they) is the Engagement and Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of Western New York. Emily conducts LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings for organizations throughout region, and coordinates social support opportunities for LGBTQ+ populations. Emily graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2021 with her Masters in Public Health, where she specialized in LGBTQ+ community health.
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