New York Bio/Med Industry Workforce Summit

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Location: Renaissance Hotel, Albany, NY

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Our Industry Workforce Summit, held on March 15th, brought together industry, education and government leaders. Through their energetic panel discussions, these leaders ignited some great conversations around the topic of workforce challenges and solutions.


11:30: Opening Remarks
           Win Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech Association

11:45: KeyNote Address
           Hope Knight, President and CEO, Empire State Development

12:15: Industry Roundtable: The View on the Ground
           Industry leaders will discuss the specific workforce challenges facing New York’s bio/med industry


  • Rocio Manriquez, Sr. Director Operational Excellence, CONMED
  • Marna Bronfen-Moore, Sr. VP Human Resources, AngioDynamics
  • Kate Phillips, Sr. Director Human Resources, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals


  • Amber Rangel Mooney, Director Workforce Development, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

1:00: Lunch/Networking

2:00: Government Roundtable: New York Rises to the Challenge
         Government leaders will discuss New York’s response to our workforce challenges


  • Hon. Jeremy Cooney, New York State Senate
  • Melinda Mack, NYATEP
  • Chris White, Assoc. Commissioner, New York Department of Labor


  • Dominic Robinson, VP for Economic Inclusion, CenterStateCEO

2:45: Networking Break

3:00: Academic Roundtable: Connecting to Workforce Solution
         Leading workforce problem-solvers will discuss specific programs and initiatives aimed at tackling our workforce challenges


  • Dr. Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik, Provost, SUNY
  • Lennart Johns, Clarkson University


  • Saleem Cheeks, VP Communications COE, AngioDynamics

3:45: Networking Break

4:00: Breakout Working Sessions: Tackling Our Obstacles and Sharing Best Practices
        Attendees will participate in facilitated working groups focused on specific workforce related challenges with the aim of finding collaborative "win-win" solutions.

Breakout sessions will address:

  1. Internships, Apprenticeships and Education Pipeline
  2. Worker Connection/Retention Challenges
  3. Becoming an Employer of Choice

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