NEWS: Social Learning and Technology in the New Workplace Will Be The Focus of Harrington’s Talk With The Hudson-Mohawk Association for Talent Development

Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Author To Speak On How Social Learning and Social Technology is Framing the Learning Debate for Organizations

On Friday, September 18th at 8:00am the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society for Training and Development) will host Matt Harrington, author, trainer and speaker at an event that focuses on organizational learning and preparing for the new “social” worker. 

Recognizing that learning is ever changing, especially in today’s technology-driven world, Hudson-Mohawk Association for Talent Development (HMATD) has put together this program for the Capital Region’s learning and talent professionals.  The goal is to maximize understanding and first steps in developing a learning culture that supports and fosters various key aspects of “social learning.”  Capital region businesses and professionals are encouraged to join speaker and social learning enthusiast Matt Harrington as he discusses the past, present, and future of social learning and social technologies in the workplace. The event will specifically focus on defining the attributes of social learning and distinguishing between formal and informal modes of learning, examining how social learning has developed over time, identifying social technologies and determining appropriate application, and finally, analyzing participant’s workplace culture and develop new learning solutions.

Social learning is the idea that we can learn as much through our social interactions with peers and colleagues via observation, conversations, and experimentation as we do with classic, formal learning solutions. Social learning in the workplace has become increasingly popular as the newest generation of workers enters the workplace wanting more social, informal ways of increasing their knowledge, and social technology has made it easier and faster to connect and learn.

Author of Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive and considered an up-and-coming dynamic trainer and speaker, Harrington’s ability to work on both sides of the leadership spectrum between senior leadership, managers and young professionals provides trainings and workshops that bridge the generational gap.  Harrington is a business partner at New Directions, an innovative leadership and team-building firm that works with companies like Keurig Green Mountain, Alcoa manufacturing, Killington Resort, the Clark Art Institute and Coca-Cola. For more information on Harrington visit

Founded in 1964, the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter is part of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter is comprised of members who work and live in the Capital Region, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The association’s diverse membership includes professionals employed in the finance, healthcare, human resources, higher education, information technology, insurance, and manufacturing fields in both the public and private sectors.

“Learning in the New Millennium: How Social Learning and Social Technology is Framing the Discussion” will be held at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany.  Breakfast will be served followed by the presentation.  To make a reservation to attend visit or email