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The mission of the ATD NYC Metro Chapter's Career Development SIG is to facilitate active career exploration and preparation for all those interested in a career in professional training, talent development or a related field. The group strives to encourage career development through experiential learning and participant engagement that will lead to sustainable professional and personal development and growth. Through collaboration and partnership with the chapter's executive leadership, its members, and its stakeholders, the group is committed to serving our diverse community with sound knowledge and supportive enthusiasm for professional and personal development.


About the Career Development SIG Co-Chairs

Robert Hellmann
Robert Hellmann is President of Hellmann Career Consulting, where he provides career and executive coaching services as well as workshops and consulting on Presentations, Pitches and LinkedIn. He’s a certified Five O'Clock Club Senior Career and Executive Coach as well as an adjunct Instructor at New York University.

Rob delivers over 50 seminars annually to diverse organizations including Fortune 500 companies, Institutions of Higher Education and associations. He also runs weekly career strategy groups for c-level executives. In his private coaching practice, Rob has helped hundreds of individuals to achieve career and presentation success.

Rob's background includes 20 years of experience in Organizational Development and Marketing at employers including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has developed career workshops for higher-education including Columbia University, Harvard Business School, New York University, Fordham University, and more.


Rob’s insights and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, NBC News and ABC News. He also authored the books Peak Presentations: Engage Your Audience, Get RESULTS! and Advanced LinkedIn: for your Job Search Business & Career. Rob served on the ATD NYC Board as VP of Professional Development in 2015, and chaired the Chapter Webinars Series in 2014. Rob enjoys singing, songwriting, and playing guitar, and is an avid cyclist. He lives in New York City.


Barbara Phillips
Barbara is a multi-faceted talent management consultant, transition and executive coach, trainer and facilitator with 20 years of Human Resources and Organization Development experience in world class, global organizations.

As a professional certified coach, Barbara focuses on career transitions (what’s next, job search strategy, branding, networking, interviewing, etc.)  She also coaches recently outplaced executives in mid-life and/or on the cusp of retirement to help them plan for their “Third Act” (Encore Career and retirement transition). Her clients span Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and private clients. 

At American Express and Pfizer, she specialized in company-wide talent management, talent reviews, leadership development, competency frameworks and executive succession planning.  She designed and implemented strategies for identifying and developing high potential leaders to build bench strength for critical organization roles.  Barbara also designed and launched executive mentoring programs, candidate slating and career/development roundtables. 

Barbara delivered end-to-end HR and OD services to multiple businesses in client-facing roles to develop individual and organization capability: performance management, change management, team effectiveness, talent and leadership development, career and succession planning, feedback and coaching, mentoring, organization effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and compensation. 

She earned a B.A. in Biology from Williams College, and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  She is certified as a Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

Personal interests include: acting and improvisation, public speaking, photography, “off-the-beaten track” travel, bicycling, yoga and personal growth and development.



Upcoming Career Development SIG Events


Career Development SIG: Advance Your Career with Improv Communication ToolsOpen in a New Window


Through improv exercises and facilitator coaching in this highly interactive workshop, you will:

· Enhance awareness of your own non-verbal communication (body language, facial expression, tone of voice) and the messages you’re conveying

· Improve your ability to perceive what others are communicating nonverbally and how to respond

· Develop sensitivity to the rhythm and flow of a conversation – when to share and when to listen

Applications of this work include:

· Job Interviews

· Networking

· Challenging conversations with your supervisor or colleagues

· Collaboration with your team

There’s a reason you keep hearing about the business applications of improv principles. Come and have the experience first hand! 

About our presenter:

David Marx is Director of Learning & Development at Provident Loan where he often incorporates improv and performing arts techniques into the organization’s learning programs. He blogs about the business applications of improv on the Provident Loan Website. David is a faculty member of the not-for-profit ANDTheatre Company which has a focus on improvisational acting. He teaches AND’s weekly Free Improv Workshop and also an Essentials of Improvisation class each month. Through AND, he develops improv workshops for other organizations, most recently He also performs regularly for AND and Sunday Night Improv. As an actor with a number of stage and film credits, David has become a believer in the benefits of incorporating improv principles into both performance and daily life.

5:30-6:00 Registration and Networking
6:00-7:15 Experiential Event
7:15-7:45 Networking

Costs: SIGs are free to chapter members; non-members may audit one SIG, then must join the chapter to continue. 

Please Note: Registration will open Wednesday, September 20th and close on Monday, October 23rd at 11:30 AM due to strict security requirements. No walk-ins will be accepted. Due to space limitations, we request that if you sign up for the workshop and then need to cancel, please alert Barbara Phillips at so that your space can be used by someone else - should the workshop fill up. 

SIG Co-Chairs:
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Barbara Phillips -

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