SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Central New York Talent Development Award Ceremony will be held later this week. Multiple local people and organizations will get recognized for their work in developing the work force.
Talent, in the title Association for Talent Development, means the workforce. What ATD tries to do is connect people and companies from all over in order to have them collaborate, learn and network. They hold monthly events in order to accomplish this in the Central New York area. The award ceremony is a celebration of that work.
This year is the 15th year of the award ceremony. ATD Committee Member Brenda Grady said that it brings talent development to the attention of the local community.
“And you know we started 15 years ago with the idea that, part of that recognition is to make people aware of talent development, make people aware of what it is all about,” said Grady.
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will be the keynote speaker Thursday night. CNY Chapter’s Managing Director Julie Billings says he was chosen because of the recent local focus on economic development.
“That’s one of the things I think this community is really looking at every bit with their businesses. Everybody is looking at how can they grow, how can they evolve, how can they really keep their employees happy,” said Billings.
Another milestone the CNY Chapter of ATD is hitting this year is 50 years of operation. That milestone has brought many new things like the opportunity to showcase local companies -17 to be exact- instead of just the awards. It also brought a welcome new application.
When the Whitman School of Management’s application came in the CNY Chapter of ATD was ecstatic and excited with the opportunity to welcome education, which seems like an obvious pairing, into their organization and into the potential award ceremony.
“One of the things I loved about the Whitman application was the fact that this is really practical, not only from what they are learning in the Whitman School of Management but also with what they could potentially get as a job,” said Billings.
The event was held Thursday, November 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in East Syracuse at 5:00 p.m.. There was three award winners chosen in the categories of nonprofit, organization or person, and the new one of consultant. A panel of local and national judges as well as previous winners voted and JMA, the Whitman School of Management and Train Develop Optimize were the chosen three award winners.