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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

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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