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Changing the Game in Worcester

Our annual business conference.

OCTOBER 25, 2019    |    7:30 am – 1:30 pm




Game Changers Business Conference

Presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, this half-day event introduces innovators, investors, and developers who are funding, disrupting, and supporting the region’s start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Information below is from the 2018 conference.

Please check back for more information as we update this site.

Morning Keynote Speaker   | Lawrence Curtis, President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment

Mr. Curtis has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 100,000 units, which Winn currently has under management in 23 states across the country. Mr. Curtis’ primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing and historic rehabilitation developments. He is the past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council, as well as the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. Mr. Curtis was also recently named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Trustees.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker   |  Lauren Liss, President and CEO, MassDevelopment

Lauren A. Liss has served as MassDevelopment’s President and CEO since September 2017. Liss has extensive experience in both public and private sectors, holding leadership positions at state agencies and in the legal field. As MassDEP Commissioner beginning in 1999, Liss oversaw the development, implementation, and enforcement of air, water, waste, and site cleanup policy for the Commonwealth. At DEP, she managed a $110 million annual budget and a staff of 1,100. Prior to MassDEP, Liss had worked for the Commonwealth at the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction from 1997 to 1999. Most recently, at Rubin and Rudman, which she joined as a partner in 2003, Liss represented clients including large public corporations, higher-education institutions, and developers. Her areas of expertise include land use, transportation, and administrative law. She is a member of the MassEcon Board of Directors. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Boston University School of Law, Liss resides in Gloucester.


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  • 7:30 am Registration

  • 8:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Game Changer Awards

  • 9:15 am - 9:30 am Keynote Address

  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am Coffee Break


  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am Panel Discussions - Session 1

  • 10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break

  • 11:00 am - Noon Panel Discussions - Session 2


  • Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker

    Attendees will have a choice of workshops.

Workshop Session 1 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshop Session 2 | 11 am - 12 pm

Presenting Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor

Afternoon Awards Sponsor

Workshop Sponsors

Center For Business and Industry at Worcester State University

ERA Key Realty Services

National Grid


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Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester

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Train, Bus, Shuttle and Taxi Info

Getting There


Map of area.

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Chamber Members  |  $75 includes breakfast and lunch

Non-Chamber Members  |  $100 includes breakfast and lunch

*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.