2nd Annual Regional Workforce Summit

Leveraging the “New Normal” in Training, Recruiting and Retention of our Talent
April 23, 2021
9:00am - 10:30am
Zoom Webinar

Join the WCA as leaders from business, education, government, and nonprofits gather to discuss the mega shifts occurring in our region’s talent ecosystem.


Keynote Address by New York State’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul
• Workforce development highlights from New York’s 2021-2022 budget
• Programs, services and resources for employers, employees and job seekers during the economic recovery

Opening Remarks by Jason Chapin, WCA’s Director of Workforce Development

Panel Discussion: Leveraging the “New Normal” in Training, Recruiting and Retention of our Talent
Innovations in technology to meet your diversity, equity, inclusion goals
Managing a hybrid workforce in a post-COVID-19 world
Preparing and training the next generation workforce
The workforce life cycle – accessing a diverse talent pipeline, innovative recruitment strategies, employee retention programs

Featured Panelists
Tim Hall
President, Mercy College
With over twenty-five years of experience in higher education, Tim oversees campuses in Dobbs Ferry, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown. Mercy College uses a personalized mentoring approach to reduce time to completion, especially for underrepresented, underprepared, or low-income students. Through Mercy’s PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) mentoring program, students are paired with cross-trained, student success professionals that provide high-touch personalized support on important academic, social, and career factors from pre-enrollment through college.
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Marissa Weidner
Chief Human Resources Officer, Sterling National Bank
Marissa Weidner, currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Sterling National Bank. In her role, Ms. Weidner is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Originating and leading HR practices and objectives to create an employee-oriented, high performance culture, Ms. Weidner identifies and drives organizational change initiatives designed to significantly increase and maintain colleague engagement.
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Arthur Woods
Co-founder, Mathison
A serial entrepreneur working at the intersection of equity, inclusion, and technology. He Co-Founded, Mathison, the leading talent marketplace connecting underrepresented populations to the most competitive job opportunities globally. Arthur launched the first Equal Hiring Index to assess and improve inclusion in organizations’ hiring
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Keynote Speaker
Kathy Hochul
New York State Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor Hochul chairs 10 Regional Economic Development Councils that have transformed the State’s economy by building upon regional strengths through long-term strategic plans. The Councils include leaders from academia, business, labor and not-for-profits and, to date, have invested over $6.1 billion into more than 7,300 projects across the State. The Lieutenant Governor also chairs the State Workforce Investment Board, which addresses the number one concern of businesses - the lack of skilled workers.
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