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Changing the Game in Worcester

Not Business as Usual

Our annual business conference.



OCTOBER 19 – 22, 2020

This event will take place during 90 minute sessions

each day for 4 days from October 19-22

Virtual Event on ZOOM

Game Changers Business Conference

Not Business as Usual

Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Part of the Daily Mission

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE   |   The Chamber’s annual conference and expo brings together members of the Central Mass business community to learn about and discuss local innovations, business opportunities, hear keynote speakers, and network with other professionals.

The event is also an opportunity to congratulate recipients of the 2020 Game Changer awards. These members of the community have been a catalyst for change and are recognized for their work at this event.

This year, the conference explores how our business community can work towards a more diverse workforce, provide opportunity for people of color and other diverse groups.

DAY 1 | Monday, October 19
10 am – 11:30 am

Awards Ceremony, Keynote Speaker

Darla DeGraceFounder, DEI Consulting, formerly of Reebok

The Ally to Accomplice Continuum: Disruptive Activism

Darla has a proven track record of building strategic recruitment partnerships, successfully launching employee resource groups, and facilitating diversity and inclusion professional development workshops. She worked to establish and nurture the relationship between Reebok and Howard University leading to the brand’s first formal partnership and internship program. She championed and launched Reebok’s first POC ERG leading to the development of several other resource groups including the LGBTQ and passport diversity ERGs.

Today, Darla serves as CEO, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist for DeGrace Group Consulting LLC, a thriving diversity staffing and culture solutions firm she launched in 2017. DeGrace Group clients span multiple sectors including government agencies, global corporate and national non-profit clients. She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as Commissioner on both the Black Advisory and the Plymouth 400 Commissions.

Opening Keynote Sponsor

Game Changer Awards Presentation

Sponsored by

HONOREES

Trinity Development

Courthouse Lofts

Stacey Luster

Establishment of Diverse Professional Roundtable

Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, LLC

Establishment of Diverse Professional Roundtable

YWCA, Linda Cavaioli   

Work to Eradicate Racism and Oppression

and Promote Equity and Opportunity

Latin American Business Organization (LABO)

Advancement of
Latin Owned Businesses

DAY 2 | Tuesday, October 20
10 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion

Pathways to an Inclusive Financial Services Workforce and Portfolio

Access to a seat at the table in the financial services industry is twofold. Fair access to capital in the form of loans, equitable interest rates is critical to building a business. And, banks, credit unions, and investment companies are looking for ways to diversify their c-suite. Hear from industry experts how regional banks and large corporate institutions are making strides in both lending and hiring paving the way for entrepreneurs and executives to grow and prosper.

Moderator: AiVi Nguyen, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey
Panelists:
  • Eric Goodwine, V.P., Commercial Lending, Country Bank
  • Sheila King-Goodwin, Sr. V.P., Chief Retail Banking Officer, Fidelity Bank
  • Eric Torkornoo, VP Commercial RM, TD Bank
  • Winson Yang, Corporate Banking Associate / Co-chair Regional Diversity Council, TD Bank

Session Sponsor

DAY 3 | Wednesday, October 21
10 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion

Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Throughout the Workplace

Hear how a diverse workforce elevates a company’s status in the community, facilitates employee buy-in, and benefits the bottom line. Learn about developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies that provide opportunity in the workforce, in management, and in leadership roles. These CEOs will discuss their strategies to engage with underrepresented communities to recruit and retain talent in the workplace.

Moderator: Stacey Luster, General Counsel and Assistant to President for Employment and Equal Opportunity, Worcester State University

Panelists

  • Barry Maloney, President – Worcester State University
  • Denise Lowsley, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Louis Brady, CEO – Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

Session Sponsor

DAY 4 | Thursday, October 22
10 am – 11:30 am

Keynote Speaker

Patrick Lee

Principal, Trinity Financial

Patrick Lee is one of the founders and owners of Trinity Financial, Inc. and Trinity Management, LLC. Trinity Financial is a 31-year old development company, and with its management affiliate, Trinity Management, the two companies have more than 250 employees and central offices in Manhattan and Boston. He is the developer of the Courthouse Lofts in Worcester, a newly restored and imaginatively adapted historic structure in the heart of Worcester’s downtown. It’s modern residential space is developed for households at all incomes and honors Worcester’s proud heritage of diversity—bringing together industrious people from various walks to build a vibrant community.

The companies have developed more than 9,000 units of housing and 500,000 square feet of commercial space at a cost of $3+ billion. Prior to co-founding Trinity in 1987, Mr. Lee served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth. Mr. Lee was the Secretary’s representative on a number of state boards and agencies including the Mass. Housing Finance Agency, Community Development Finance Corporation, Mass. Industrial Finance Agency, and the State’s Public Auditorium and Civic Center Grant Program.

Session Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Polling Sponsor

*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.