Goodwill Manasota earns award for training excellence

Learning and Development department receives ‘Innovation in Delivery of Training Award’

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Recently, Goodwill Manasota’s Learning and Development team received the Innovation in Delivery of Training Award from the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Florida Suncoast Chapter. The team, consisting of Jo Ann Froman, Susan Lowy and Andrew Golembeske, submitted Goodwill’s blended learning approach for its cashier training program; they accepted the award during the ATD Florida Suncoast Chapter’s annual recognition dinner.

“Congratulations to Goodwill’s Learning and Development team for receiving the Innovation in Delivery of Training Award during our annual recognition dinner. We had many outstanding entries and Goodwill Manasota showed continuous improvement, innovation and results,” said Clara Rose, ATD Suncoast Chapter 2015 president. “Our annual awards ceremony is a time for our membership of nonprofits, entrepreneurs and consultants, and local businesses to share their programs, successes and ideas.”

The Association of Talent Development, formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development, rebranded last year and has the mission to provide an environment for members to network and exchange ideas about the advancement of workplace learning and development by meeting national standards, creating opportunities for members to share their knowledge for higher achievement, employment and cultural enrichment.

“We are extremely proud to announce this award recognizing our Learning and Development team members. We appreciate the work they do every day for our staff and to enhance our daily operations,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Every year, we invest approximately 17,000 hours of on-the-clock training for our team members because we understand and prioritize the need for ongoing education. Our innovative methods and the team we have assembled continue to help Goodwill Manasota reach new heights, and help to change lives through the power of work.”

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit