Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:30 - 10 a.m.

Manchester Country Club

180 South River Road

Bedford, NH



Presented by NH Business Review & the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies



Workforce Development Strategies That Work

With approximately 125+ attendees made up of business owners, executive-level professionals and HR managers, this event will focus on real solutions to the workforce development issue NH employers are faced with today.

Moving beyond place-based strategies to the workforce dilemma, employers are taking steps towards a more holistic approach to finding new ways to attract employees. The conversation will begin with “What employees want,” hearing from a cross-section of employees – from Millennials to Baby Boomers – to understand what they need from an employer. That will be followed by “What employers are doing,” sharing tips, advice and information from across industries, resulting in attendees leaving with answers to finding a solution that best fits their organization.

Special Presentation by:

John Clayton, Executive Director, Manchester Historic Association

John Clayton is the executive director of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum. He previously spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and is the author of seven books about Manchester and New Hampshire. Clayton received an Emmy Award for his work with New Hampshire Public Television where he was the long-time host of “New Hampshire Crossroads”. He was recently honored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council as one of its “40 over 40” cultural icons.

Panel #1


Jeff Feingold, Editor, NH Business Review

Jeff Feingold, editor of NH Business Review, has worked as an editor and reporter for over 40 years, 36 of them in New Hampshire. His freelance work has been published in several local, regional and national publications, including The New York Times and The Nation, and he has been a longtime regular panelist and guest on public and commercial TV and radio, including regular appearances on NH Public Radio, WGIR-AM, WNTK, WKXL-AM and WNHN-FM. He also teaches writing at Granite State College and is is a member of the board of directors of the NH Women’s Foundation.


Greg Bird, Economist, NH Center for Public Policy Studies

Prior to joining the Center, Greg was the policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, where he produced analyses on the New Hampshire economy, the state’s budget and poverty in the Granite State. Between 2011 and 2014, Greg was an economist in the West Chester, Penn. office of Moody’s Analytics, analyzing U.S. regional economies as well as the U.S. housing market. A Pennsylvania native, he received his master’s degree in economics from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Muhlenberg College. 

Todd C. Fahey, State Director, AARP

New Hampshire native Todd Fahey is responsible for the overall leadership of AARP New Hampshire, an organization which strives to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. AARP has more than 230,000 members in the state. Fahey has run and founded businesses, nonprofit organizations, and has served on many nonprofit boards. Prior to joining AARP, Fahey practiced law for more than two decades. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH

Will Stewart was named executive director of Stay Work Play in September 2017. Stay Work Play is a nonprofit established to advance recommendations made by then Governor John Lynch's Task Force for the Recruitment and Retention of a Young Workforce for New Hampshire. Will is responsible for the overall management of Stay Work Play and oversees the development, growth and implementation of organization’s mission, programs and budget. He also serves as the organization’s key spokesperson and as an advocate for the attraction and retention of younger workers in the New Hampshire. Will brings significant experience in economic development, community relations, media relations and government affairs. He most recently served as President of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. 

Panel #2


Eric Herr, Board Chair, NH Center for Public Policy Studies

Eric Herr is the former president and chief operating officer of Autodesk, the 5th largest PC software firm in the world. He has chaired both private and publicly traded companies such as Taleo, WNS and Workscape. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in economics from Indiana University, and began his career as an economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. During his career, he has worked in economic and strategic consulting, publishing, hardware and software, investment management and business process outsourcing.


Christopher Callahan, Vice President of Human Resources, Exeter Health Resources

Chris Callahan has spent 35 years in human resources leadership positions in health care organizations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. He is currently vice president of human resources at Exeter Health Resources in Exeter, NH — a 2,400 employee health system that includes Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. Chris has served in similar roles at St. Joseph Health Services in Providence, R.I., Northeast Health in Troy, N.Y. and Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He has a Masters in Health Services Administration from the George Washington University.

Sara Colson, Director, Workforce Accelerator 2025 (A program of the Business & Industry Association and NH Charitable Foundation)

Sara Colson is the director of Workforce Accelerator 2025, a joint initiative of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and NH Charitable Foundation that aims to introduce 84,000 employees with postsecondary credentials into the labor market by 2025, to meet the projected demands of the New Hampshire economy. Sara’s background makes her a natural candidate to better unite businesses and educators. Starting out as a high school math teacher, Sarah later formed her own personal concierge business before serving as executive director of the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Decelle, Dean, University of New Hampshire - Manchester

Mike Decelle is the dean of UNH Manchester, a multidisciplinary, research college of the University of New Hampshire. He assumed leadership of the Manchester campus in February 2016 following a 35-year career in the technology sector as an engineer, corporate executive and startup company CEO. Mike also serves as the chief workforce officer for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) in Manchester. In this role, he is responsible for the identification and implementation of strategies that develop the educated and trained workforce required for the long-term, sustainable growth of the advanced tissue biofabrication industry. Mike works with a nationwide network of industry and educational partners that bring a diverse perspective to the needs of this emerging technology space.

Daniel Henderson, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Keene State College

Before coming to Keene State in 2012, Daniel had a full career in business, including nearly 20 years at Markem Corporation (now Markem-Imaje), where he was general counsel and a member of the senior management team.

In his role at Keene State, he helps to forge long-term, strategic relationships between the College and business and industry. Daniel works with business leaders and with College faculty and staff to identify, define, and build plans to address strategic business needs and opportunities in ways that benefit business, the College, and its students. Much of this effort is focused around employers’ need to recruit and retain talent. 

Tim Sullivan, Vice President Corporate Affairs and Services, Hitchiner Manufacturing

Tim Sullivan joined Hitchiner Manufacturing in 1995, managing a number of roles including overseeing human resources, corporate safety, environmental affairs and information technology. One of the leading manufacturing businesses in the state of New Hampshire, Hitchiner is a family-owned company that provides an onsite health care facility for employees, spouses and dependents, gives more than $50,000 in annual scholarships and partners with higher education institutions and its local high school career and technical education center at Milford High to create training and internship programs. 


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