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Planning for an Equitable Future:
Economy, Justice and Education

Our annual business conference.



June 14 – 17, 2021

This event will take place during 90 minute sessions

each day for 4 days from June 14-17, 2021

Virtual Event on ZOOM

Game Changers Business Conference

Planning for an Equitable Future:

Economy, Justice and Education

*2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Reach out to Karen Pelletier for options.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE   |  Now in its 6th year under the Game Changers brand, the Chamber’s annual conference brings together members of the Central Mass business community to learn about local innovations, business opportunities, hear keynote speakers, and network with other professionals. This year we will be going virtually with a mini-series of four days (June 14-17), will be proposing a series of issues and ideas that we think warrant consideration and further conversation as we look to advance the City and Region.

The event is also an opportunity to congratulate recipients of the 2021 Game Changer awards. These members of the community have been a catalyst for change and are recognized for their work at this event.

DAY 1 | Monday, June 14, 2021
10 am – 11:30 am

Awards Ceremony, Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Michael Curry, JD, President & CEO, Mass League of Community Health Centers

Michael Curry, Esq. is the Deputy CEO & General Counsel at Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 52 health centers, serving over 1 million patients out of over 314 practice sites throughout the state. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Government Affairs and Public Policy Division for the Mass League. Prior to joining the League in 2008, Michael had a 16-year career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, most of that time as Senior Policy Advisor in the Corporate Affairs Division, which included government, public, internal and community affairs. He has served on the health care transition teams for Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and was involved in the passage of Massachusetts Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act.

Curry was also past President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016), and has over twenty years of dedicated service to the NAACP on the city, state-area conference and national levels. He was elected nationally to the NAACP’s Board of Directors in 2014, and reelected twice in 2017 and 2020, and now serves as Chair the National NAACP’s Advocacy & Policy Committee and Vice-Chair of the Political Action and Legislation Committee.

Opening Keynote Sponsor

Game Changer Awards Presentation

Sponsored by

HONOREES

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DAY 2 | Tuesday, June 15, 2021
10 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion

PANEL: Worcester’s Equity Agenda

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to all sorts of people from all different backgrounds. While the Heart of the Commonwealth continues to grow, what are city hall leaders and other key players doing to ensure no one gets left behind? Our panelists will discuss the challenges Worcester is facing, as well as some of the programs and orders in place designed to address these disparities as we all continue to strive for equal access to things like education, health care, and employment opportunities.

Moderator: Stacey Luster, general counsel and assistant to the president for employment and equal opportunity, WSU

Panelists:

  • Matilde Castiel MD, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, City of Worcester
  • Ryan Flynn,Director, Affiliate Network Growth & Strategy, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • Fred Taylor, president NAACP Worcester, Chair Construction Diversity Monitoring Committee Worcester
  • Stephanie Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Worcester

Session Sponsor

DAY 3 | Wednesday, June 16, 2021
10 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion

PANEL: The Role of Employers in an Equitable Recovery

With social unrest and calls for change breaking out all across the country, many of our elected leaders at the local, state, and federal levels are advocating for legislation to address inequalities — but they shouldn’t be the only ones taking action. This panel will discuss what actions employers can and should take to mitigate racial, wealth, and opportunity gaps in their companies or organizations. From hiring processes and staff coaching and support, to purchasing power and prison re-entry, you’ll learn about available resources and best practices for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce as well as generating a more equitable community.

Moderator: Bonnie Walker, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Worcester Academy

Panelists:

  • Katie Crockett, President, LPAA
  • Beyazmin Jimenez, Pacesetters, Director of Economic Opportunity, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Derrick Kiser, founder, Fresh Start 508
  • Angela Dixon, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Berkshire Bank

Session Sponsors

 

 

DAY 4 | Thursday, June 17
10 am – 11:30 am

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Judge Serge Georges, Jr., SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT, & Closing Remarks

Session Sponsor

Available

Corporate Sponsors

Polling Sponsor

available

*You will be redirected to the Chamber of Commerce website where you will be able to register and pay for your ticket. If you are not a Chamber member, click “Not a Member” on the following screen to continue registration.