Registration & Breakfast 9:15 AM

Program 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Networking Reception 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


10:00 AM – Welcome remark

  • Tim Sullivan, Project Director, Workforce Solutions Group 

10:10 AM – Trends in the MA Labor Market

  • Jill Ashton, Regional Administrator, U.S Department of Labor
  • Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

10:40 AM – How Accessible, Affordable Child Care Impacts Massachusetts Jobs

  • Eileen McAnneny, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers foundation
  • Representative Alice Peisch, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Eve Gilmore, Executive Director, Edward Street Child Services
  • Rahn Dorsey, Chief Impact Officer, Eastern Bank Foundation
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

11:20 AM – How to Scale Effective Programs to Build Future Talent

  • Laura Stout, Director of Contract Operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | President of Empowering Abilities, Employee Resource Group
  • Joan Christel, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Citizenship & Global Inclusion, State Street
  • Joanne Pokaski, Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development, Beth Israel Lahey Health system | Chair of the Massachusetts Workforce Board and a member of Boston’s Workforce Board
  • Nancy Luc, Deputy Director, Building Pathways Boston

12:00 PM – Lunch + Awards

1:10 PM – Overcoming Post-Pandemic Recruitment Challenges: Connecting with Untapped Talent

  • Ramona Reno, Executive Director, Reentry & Recovery Programs, MassHire Holyoke Career Center
  • Maura Geary, Executive Director, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center
  • Tamara Soraluz, Chief Program Officer, United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
  • Rachel Kaprielian, Global Government Relations & Public Policy/ Director, U.S. Government Relation, McDonald’s

1:55 PMCreating Equity in Workforce Development (Interactive session)

  • Kim Janey, President and CEO, EMPath | Former Mayor of Boston

3:00 PM – Networking Reception