Speakers

Rosalin Acosta

Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

As Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development in Massachusetts, Secretary Acosta leverages her passion to make the world a better place for the next generation to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy. ...
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Helen Adeosun

Founder and CEO at CareAcademy

Helen is passionate about caregiving and the impact that the right caregiver can have on families. As an educator and workplace trainer, she has had a career in driving outcomes for adult learners and finding meaningful ways for them to engage in learning. She has ...
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Bruce Bergwall

Senior Vice President, Employee Success at Woz U

Bruce Bergwall is Senior Vice President of Employee Success at Woz U, a technology-based education start-up that is enhancing the Education as a Service model, empowering employees and students with effective and affordable career paths in technology. He guides Woz U’s partnerships with employers, colleges ...
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Thomas Canastra

Engineering Technology Instructor at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

Thomas Canastra is an instructor and curriculum leader of Engineering Technology at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (Greater New Bedford). As a certified Project Lead the Way instructor, he has taught Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing both at the ...
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Melissa Goldberg

Director, Workforce Insights (Workforce Partnerships) at Southern New Hampshire University

Melissa Goldberg is committed to creating pathways for low-income, and all people to attain the skills and credentials they need to find fulfilling work, support their families, and meet their goals. To do so she’s spent over 20 years researching, writing about, disseminating and advising ...
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Collin Gutman

Head of Skilled Trades Division & Strategy at Penn Foster

Collin Gutman promotes skilled trades education and training as a key driver in empowering individuals to embrace skilled trades as a means to better their lives and address the skills gap. Collin runs Penn Foster’s apprenticeship work, which provides Related Technical Instruction to more apprentices ...
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Guy Halfteck

Founder & CEO at Knack

Guy Halfteck, founder & CEO of Knack grew up in Israel, where he served as a ship vice-commander in the Navy. He later studied law, economics, and game theory at the Hebrew University, Columbia, and Harvard. He started Knack after getting turned down for an ...
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Jackney Joseph

Director, Career Readiness Initiatives at Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Jackney Prioly Joseph is MBAE's Director of Career Readiness Initiatives. With more than 10 years' experience in the field, Jackney is responsible for developing strategy and leading the implementation of MBAE's innovative and exciting Credentials for Success and Digital Equity initiatives. Jackney is committed to ...
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J.D. LaRock

President and CEO at Commonwealth Corporation

Dr. J.D. LaRock is President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation. Previously, he was a member of Northeastern University’s senior leadership team, where he served as chief of staff to the university’s president, among other executive roles. A scholar of education policy, higher education, and the ...
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Dena Lerra

Incumbent Program Manager, Workforce Development/Human Resources at Partners HealthCare

Dena Lerra has a background in human resources and, currently, manages incumbent workforce development initiatives for Partners HealthCare; specifically focused on “technology as an enabler.” Dena manages workforce development grants, including the recent MA Health Care Workforce Transformation Training Grant, relationships with universities and training ...
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Laura Major

Vice President Of Engineering at CyPhy Works, Inc.

Laura Major is the Vice President of Engineering at CyPhy Works, the leading tethered drone company. She was previously a Division Leader of 100 engineers at Draper Laboratory where she developed the first Human-Centered Engineering capability and expanded it to include Machine Intelligence and AI. ...
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Lowell Matthews

Policy Director, College & Career Pathways at Foundation for Excellence in Education

Lowell is the Director of College and Career Pathways for ExcelinEd. He previously served as Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Senate Committees on Education Pre-K-12 and Higher Education, where he helped create Florida’s industry certification incentive to create a nexus between education and the ...
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Madeleine McGuire

Compliance Officer at Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards

Madeleine McGuire has served as a Compliance Officer for the MA Division of Apprentice Standards for 11 years, providing technical assistance to employers, school representatives, and workers, to help them align work-based learning with industry and regulatory standards. Prior to this, she worked as an ...
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Linda Noonan

MA Business Alliance For Education

Linda Noonan is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a non-profit committed to continuous improvement of public education and greater alignment with workforce demands so EVERY student is prepared to successfully navigate the rapidly changing demands of modern employment and citizenship. Previously, ...
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Jane Oates

President at WorkingNation

Jane Oates was nominated by President Barack Obama to join Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’ leadership team at the Department of Labor in April 2009. Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training on June 19, 2009, she led the Employment and Training Administration ...
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Cheryl Oldham

Senior Vice President at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Cheryl A. Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is also senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Through events, publications, and policy initiatives—and drawing upon the Chamber’s ...
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Alysia Ordway

Employer Engagement Director at Boston Private Industry Council

As the Employer Engagement Director at the Boston PIC, Alysia leads the team that engages employers in activities that allow them to pursue their workforce development and civic engagement objectives. By convening industry groups to support PIC strategies and to address regional labor market needs/trends, ...
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MJ Ryan

Director Workforce Development at Partners HealthCare

MJ Ryan has worked in healthcare for over 30 years in various clinical, teaching and management positions. In her current role, MJ provides technical assistance to hospital-based workforce initiatives and creates and supports collaborations with key partners and stakeholders involved in skill development and job ...
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Cathleen Scerbo

Vice President and General Manager, Technology Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Cathy is VP and GM of Technology Services at Liberty Mutual. In an era of digital disruption, she is responsible for building and leading a team in support of Liberty Mutual's competitive global technology strategy and business structure with specific focus on services for the ...
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Cristy Sugarman

Director Center for Alternative Studies & Educational Testing at North Shore Community College

Dr. Sugarman is a dedicated educator and champion of on-ground, online, and blended higher education for our changing student demographic, including nontraditional and under-served populations. Her international corporate background followed by 15+ years of senior academic and administrative experience uniquely position her as both an ...
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Michelle Weise

SVP, Workforce Strategies & Chief Innovation Officer at Strada Education Network

Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She leads Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies as well as its innovation and thought leadership priorities. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce ...
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