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Welcome to our new Virtual Town Hall series

1Berkshires’ new Virtual Town Hall series will focus on the impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has had on our local economy and community. The panel and Q&A format will feature discussions with local leaders, stakeholders and experts here #intheBerkshires. Feel free to email us your questions and ideas for future meetings.

Upcoming Events

Check back for details about our next Virtual Town Hall in October.

Previous Events

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10AM – Reopening Higher Education

Join us for a conversation with leadership from our local higher education institutions in the Berkshires as we discuss the logistics, outlook, and peripheral impacts of the reopening plan for higher education institutions.

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, President & CEO, 1Berkshire.

Panelists:

  • Gina Puc, Dean of Enrollment Management and Community Relations, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Matthew Sheehy, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Williams College
  • Adam Klepetar, Interim Provost, Berkshire Community College
  • John Weinstein, Provost and Vice President, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

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Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10AM – Reopening the Economy – Phase 3

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, 1Berkshire President & CEO

Panelists:

  • Senator Adam Hinds
  • John Lewis, Chief Executive Storyteller at SP3AK EASY Studio
  • Eric Kerns, Partner, TOURISTS
  • Jennifer Trainer Thompson, President and CEO, Hancock Shaker Village

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10AM – Census 2020

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, 1Berkshire President & CEO

Panelists:

  • Representative Paul Mark, Second Berkshire District
  • Michelle Lopez, Executive Director, Berkshire Immigrant Center
  • Mark Maloy, GIS, Data, and IT Manager, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
  • Erica Girgenti, Director, Adams Council on Aging
  • Mark Sebastino, Partnership Specialist, U. S. Census Bureau

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June 19, 2020 at 8:30AM – New Updates to Paid Family Medical Leave

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, 1Berkshire President & CEO

Panelists:

  • William Alpine, Director, Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave
  • Kevin Kinne, Partner at Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti and Cook
  • Michele Morin, VP of Human Resources and Workforce Development from Hillcrest Educational Centers

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June 5, 2020 at 10AM – COVID-19 – The Deeper Strains on Community

Moderator:

  • Benjamin Lamb, Director of Economic Development, 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Janis Broderick, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Freeman Center
  • Dr. Barbara Malkas, Superintendent of North Adams Public Schools
  • Kelly Marion, CEO of Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
  • Candace Winkler, President and CEO of Berkshire United Way

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May 29, 2020 at 10AM – Summer in the Berkshires – Happening! But How?

Moderator:

  • Benjamin Lamb, Director of Economic Development, 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Brian Cruey, Director of Southern Berkshires for the Trustees of Reservations
  • Laurie Norton Moffat, Director & CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Mindi Morin, Managing Director at Canyon Ranch
  • Lindsey Schmid, VP of Tourism and Marketing at 1Berkshire

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May 22, 2020 at 10AM – Higher Education During COVID-19

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, President and CEO of 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Dr. Jamie Birge, President of MCLA
  • Dr. Ellen Kennedy, President of Berkshire Community College
  • Dr. Maud Mandel, President of Williams College
  • Dr. John Weinstein, Provost-Elect, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

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May 15, 2020 at 10AM – Reopening the Berkshire Economy

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, President and CEO of 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Senator Adam Hinds
  • Ben Sosne, Executive Director of the Berkshire Innovation Center
  • Jennifer Trainer, Executive Director of Hancock Shaker Village

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May 8, 2020 at 10AM – Food and Agriculture in the Era of COVID-19

Moderator:

  • Benjamin Lamb, Director of Economic Development  – 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Orion Howard, Co-founder and Owner of Bright Ideas Brewing
  • Nick Martinelli, Founder and Owner of Marty’s Local
  • Cynthia Pansing, Executive Director of Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
  • Jessica Vecchia, Co-Director of Roots Rising

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May 1, 2020 – Banking During COVID-19

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, President & CEO – 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Bob Fraser, President & CEO, MountainOne
  • Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, Greylock Federal Credit Union
  • Gary Moynihan, Managing Director, Adelson & Company PC
  • Dennis Egan, Partner, Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook

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April 17, 2020 – The Visitor Economy

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Butler, President & CEO – 1Berkshire

Panelists:

  • Adam Davis, Managing Director – Shakespeare & Co.
  • Barbara Vacarr, CEO – Kripalu
  • Joe Thompson, Director – MASS MoCA
  • Sarah Eustis, CEO – Main Street Hospitality

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