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Professional Development Workshops

This year, the SUNY Technology Conference (STC) will be offering 3 different Professional Development opportunities to our attendees.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 8:00am – 10:00am

FINISH: How do top performers plan, execute, and complete the work

Speaker: Matt Harrington (biography)

Weaving together theory, philosophy, stories of world-famous top formers with direct application and competency building, Matt Harrington teaches on the theory of FINISH and how:

  • Belief and attitude over final product matters
  • Passion and perseverance are the backbone to gritty finishes
  • Planning is an essential tool to FINISH
  • Focus and deep work play a key role in task completion
  • Courage, not competency, is the essential ingredient for finishing
  • Practice makes performance
  • Creating a culture of FINISHERS can transform an organization

Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for individual contributors, including both IT professionals with and without direct reports.

Succession Planning: A Roadmap to Maximizing and Sustaining SUNY’s Top IT Talent

Speakers: Chet Warzynski, Mary Dolan
(biographies below)

The purpose of the workshop is to define and design an effective model for a succession planning system. This pilot will engage participants in a hands-on exercise for sharing experiences, identifying competencies, and developing a succession planning process for key IT positions. The outcome of the pilot will be an inventory of competencies, together with a set of templates for launching a succession management planning process for SUNY.

Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for IT operations professionals including managers and/or decision-makers.

Succession Planning: Maximizing Your IT Bench Strength

Speaker: MaryAnn Stark
(biography below)

Chart your own course as you explore what’s next for you in your career. This workshop will help you create your own development plan to solidify your personal and professional goals. Examine the competencies you might need for advancement and map out those opportunities and experiences that will assist you in adding them to your portfolio. The session will also talk about how to build a professional mentoring network and the benefits of being connected and involved in your community.

Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for individual contributors, including both IT professionals with and without direct reports.

Biography: Chester (Chet) Warzynski
Principal Consultant
Warzynski Consulting Services

Chester (Chet) Warzynski is an organizational consultant specializing in developing capabilities to strengthen performance in universities, hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, and SME’s. He provides organizational consulting services in strategic planning, organization design, executive assessment, leadership and organizational development, project management, and innovation.

With more than 25 years of successful experience in leading innovation and change, Warzynski has consulted to leading companies and universities including Exxon, Dow Jones, Cornell University, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Arizona, and the City and State University Systems of New York.

His previous positions include Senior Adviser at Carnegie Mellon University, Executive Director of Organizational Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy; Director of Organizational Development, and Lecturer in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University; Director of Corporate Planning and New Venture Development for a subsidiary of Dow Jones, Inc., and Director of Education and Training for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in sociology at Southern Illinois University and the University of Western Ontario, and post-graduate studies in education at the University of Toronto, and Florida International University. He is currently studying innovation at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

He served on board of directors for the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI), the Red Cross, and the 7th Arts Council. His publications cover a wide-range of topics including leadership, strategic planning, organization development, re-engineering, project management, and sustainability. His current research is on organizational innovation.

Biography: Mary Dolan
Retired, most recently served as Associate Vice President of Human Resources
SUNY Potsdam

Mary Dolan retired from SUNY Potsdam as an Associate Vice President of Human Resources. With over 22 years of HR experience, Mary spent 17 years in higher education and 5 years as a Regional Human Resources Manager with Kraft Foods.

She has experience and skills in both union and non-union environments, employee relations, strategic planning, recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, employment law, performance management, succession planning, training and development and employment litigation. She is most proud of working with early career professionals to retain and advance them.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Employment Relations from SUNY Potsdam. While she was born and raised in the New York City area, she currently lives in northern NY in a country farmhouse on a river. 

Biography: MaryAnn Stark, M.Ed, ODCP
Employee and Organization Development Specialist
Upstate Medical University

With over 25 years of professional experience in higher education, business operations, and non-profit management, MaryAnn Stark, M.Ed, ODCP, is known for being an inspiring leader with dynamic skills to teach and motivate other to follow in her passionate vision. MaryAnn serves as Employee and Organization Development Specialist in the Organizational Training and Development department at Upstate Medical University. 

MaryAnn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York at Oswego and a Masters of Educatiomn from St. Lawrence University. MaryAnn started her professional career in the field of Higher Education Administration serving at three different institutions for 12 years directing major student life, residential, and judicial programs.

1n 2001, MaryAnn made the move into the non-profit world where she was the President & CEO for nearly 12 years. Under her leadership, the agency experienced tremendous growth from being a local, then state-wide, and then nationally based organization, the 4th largest of its kind in the country that received two national awards for excellence.

MaryAnn’s expertise lies in the areas of organizational development, business operations and management, and human services. She has made several contributions to her professional and civic community by way of regional and national conference presentations, outside consulting and training, and service on local Boards.

MaryAnn is a gifted public speaker, and creator and facilitator of a wide variety of training programs specializing in leadership development, strategic planning, teambuilding, culture and organizational change.

MaryAnn is a Certified Organizational Development Professional and a Certified EQ-12 and EQ360 Emotional Intelligence Practitioner. While serving the SUNY Leadership Institute, MaryAnn received rave reviews as the facilitator of the first ever Rising Stars leadership development program at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.