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Program Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Networking
Host and Moderator – Stephen Willand, Ph.D., Director Central Massachusetts Regional Employment Board
Welcome – Michael O’Brien, City Manager, City of Worcester
Presentation – Senator Harriette Chandler
9:30 – 11:30

Concurrent presentations by moderators in the following areas:

Biomedical – Kevin O’Sullivan, President, MBI
Panelists – Liz Higgins, GlycoSolutions
Brian Hamilton, Consigli Construction
Gary Welch, Director of Biologics Production, Abbott Biomedical Research

Business – Greg Tranter, Vice President and CIO, Allmerica Financial
Panelists – Orville Harold, President, Providence and Worcester Railroad
Minnie Cargill, TJX Corporation
Steve Carey, Polar Industries

Construction – Anthony Consigli, President, Consigli Construction
Panelists – Brandon Seaman
James Grassechi, Grassechi Plumbing
Bruce Fraser, Director, Industry Relations, SimplexGrinnell DGM
Young Park, Berkeley Investments

Health Services – Diane Bono, UMass Memorial Health Care
Panelists – Joe McManus, Tufts University
David Reilly, CVS

Manufacturing – Russ Vanderbaan, Morgan Construction
Panelists – Carl Redfield, VP Worldwide Manufacturing, CISCO Systems
Paul Kennedy, President, Kennedy Die Castings
Benoit Bazin, Vice President, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.

Information Technology – To Be Announced
Panelists – Amanda Tomczyk, IT Manager, Intel Massachusetts

Each session will include an overview by the moderator, student presentations and panel discussion.

11:30 Adjournment of the morning session



Welcome – Paul Kennedy, President, Kennedy Die Castings and Chair, MassMEP
Mayor Timothy Murray, City of Worcester
Congressman James P. McGovern, 3rd Congressional District
Jane Edmunds, Director, Massachusetts Department of Work-force Development


John Morgridge, Chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems


Prentiss Higgins
Acknowledge Milton P. Higgins Scholarship Award Recipients


Adjourn – Visit New England Expo Show

Sustaining Sponsors: Cisco Systems, Coghlin Network Services, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, WPI

Sponsors: Telegram & Gazette, George F. and Sybil H. Fuller, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, RDW Group


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