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Leadergrow wins CNY BEST Award


The winners of the Fourth Annual CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards were announced at CNY ASTD’s (Central New York Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development) CNY BEST Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

The CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards recognize excellence in learning and performance practices in the CNY area. Organizations, Internships, Consultants, and Individuals who have linked learning to strategic growth or success were recognized as CNY's BEST in Learning and Performance.

Nominations for this year’s CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards represented a wide-range of organizations and individuals. Each nomination was evaluated by a panel of local and national judges for quality of learning and performance practices, practice results, and demonstrations of how the practices linked to the strategic growth or success of the organization.

The CNY BEST Learning and Performance Consultant recognized for helping link learning to clients’ strategic growth or success was Leadergrow Inc for its Leadergrow method of preparing and delivering exceptional leadership development programs. Leadergrow was challenged with designing a leadership program for a client that would bring over forty leaders at all levels up to a common standard of excellence in leadership practices. By applying an effective methodology of obtaining customer input through a user-friendly survey process and collecting company historical data, Leadergrow rapidly configured an intervention tailored to fit the needs of the client. The Leadergrow process results in totally customized leadership development programs that can be ready for implementation in less than two weeks from initial contact. Feedback received from a chief executive officer of a company served includes “This leadership course made a big difference in our organization. With Leadergrow’s help, we took an important step forward in trust and many other vital leadership skills.

The keynote speaker for this year’s CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards Ceremony was Cindy Huggett, learning industry expert and author of “Virtual Training Basics.” Cindy discussed the trends in learning and the impact virtual training is having on the training profession and the development of today’s workforce.

Photo of Bob Whipple accepting the CNY BEST Consultant award. From L-R, Cindy Huggett; Robert Whipple, Leadergrow Inc; Mark Britz, Aspen Dental Management, Inc. and CNY ASTD President; Ingrid Gonzalez McCurdy, Liberty Resources, Inc. and CNY ASTD President Elect

About CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards

CNY ASTD is in the fourth year of recognizing excellence in learning and performance practices in the CNY area with the CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards. Past winners have included: Aspen Dental Management, Inc.; Completely Organized, Inc; Chuck Durante; Kathleen J. Howard, Human Development Associates; Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, CNY Works, OCM BOCES, Work Keys Center at Syracuse University, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, and Partners in Learning Collaboration; Ingrid Gonzales DeLapp, Liberty Resources; Loretto; Mohawk Valley Manufacturers Consortium; New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Syracuse; Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse; SRC with Kevin Forgard, Ashley Poor, Leigh M. Tolley, Syracuse University - Instructional, Design, Development & Education Program students; Sensis Corporation; and, Time Warner Cable.

This year, CNY ASTD received nominations representing a wide-range of organizations including: Alliance Bank, N.A.; Aspen Dental Management, Inc.; Hezel Associates, LLC; ITT Industrial Process; Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, LLC; Leadergrow Inc.; Lewis County General Hospital and Residential Health Care Facility; Lockheed Martin; MACNY, The Manufcaturers Association; North Syracuse Central School District; Otis Technology; Partners for Education & Business; SRC, Inc.; St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Outpatient Mental Health Rehabilitation Department; Steiger Training & Development; Time Warner Cable; Upstate Medical University; and, Westcott Community Center.

The distinguished panel of judges for the 2011 CNY BEST Learning and Performance Awards represented local and national organizations including:

Mark Britz, Performance Improvement Specialist (ISD), Aspen Dental Management, Inc. and President, CNY ASTD;

Melanie Brunet Relyea, Manager of Training and Development, Oneida Nation Enterprises, Turning Stone Resort and Casino;

F.S. Caliva, Jr., Chief Operating Officer & Director of Talent Initiatives, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity;

Keith M. Flynn, PHR, Human Resources Manager, Kilian Manufacturing Corp.and President, CNY SHRM;

Kim Gailor-Layton, Project Manager, New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Syracuse & Rochester, NY;

Cathy Gaynor, Partner, Program Design, Productivity Leadership Systems, LLC;

Laura Georgianna, Director, Organization Capability & Development, Welch Allyn, Inc;

Kathy Goldfarb-Findling, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Allyn Foundation;

Thomas Hadlick, Director, WorkKeys Center at University College;

Gregg Lawson, Director Learning and Development, Loretto;

Ellen Loughrin, Learning and Organization Development Manager, SRC;

Denise McGraw, Sr Director of Learning & Development, Time Warner Cable;

Sherry A. Mossotti, Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Greater Syracuse;

David Sokolowski, Managing Director of Training and Development, Aspen Dental Management, Inc.;

Robert Williams, Adjunct Faculty, Elmira College; and,

Bob Zimel, CPLP, Senior Manager, Talent Development, The Children's Place and National Advisor for Chapters, ASTD.


CNY ASTD (CNY Chapter of American Society for Training & Development) is the premier organization in the CNY region for learning and performance professionals. For nearly 40 years, CNY ASTD has been connecting learning and performance professionals throughout the region while contributing to the growth of its members and the recognition of the profession. Currently, CNY ASTD has over 150 members from various businesses in the Central New York region.

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