NYC Business Breakfast Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reinvesting in Local Skills: Building a Sustainable Talent Pipeline

Wells Fargo 150 E. 42nd Street, NYC – Concourse Level

8:00 am Breakfast/Networking/Registration

8:30 am – 10:30 am Discussions

Register Now – Seating is Limited

Businesses on both the national and local fronts agree now more than ever that innovation and workforce reinvestment are essential to meet their profit goals. New York City businesses are no exception. In November 2017, nationally there were 5.9 million open jobs in the U.S. for which employers say they cannot find skilled workers. 

  • Where are the skilled workers?
  • What resources and/or sector strategies are available to small, medium-size and large businesses?
  • What training resources are available to employers?
  • How can employers engage with workforce development to alleviate this problem? 

Attend our NYC Business Breakfast to participate in employer leadership discussions about hiring and training best practices to learn how some companies are working directly with workforce development organizations, educational institutions and policy makers who together, can help you understand your role, the opportunities you and your company have to identify new talent pipeline solutions.


Beverly M. Riddick, Ready To Work Business Collaborative


Angel Piniero, Jr., ASI System Integration

Sean Cullen, Uncommon Goods

Sherazade Langlade, JobsFirstNYC

Jessie Hogg Leslie, National Skills Coalition

Larry Rothchild, St Nicks Alliance

Speakers & Panelists

Beverly RiddickBeverly M. Riddick is a veteran nonprofit leader who serves as Executive Director of the Ready To Work Business Collaborative(RTWBC). The RTWBC is an employer-led coalition whose mission is to help employers achieve their goals by enabling them to see the business advantage in hiring ready to work talent who are frequently overlooked despite being upskilled or re-skilled to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy. Riddick’s extensive background in community revitalization includes serving as Executive Director of Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp. (HOMECorp) where she developed and implemented affordable housing programs and wealth building initiatives targeted at low, moderate, and middle income families and working as a real estate lender/workout banking specialist.
Angel L. Pineiro Jr.Angel L. Pineiro Jr., has long been a champion of providing educational opportunities for young people entering the marketplace. Respected for his deep understanding of supply chain management, personnel advancement, and the information technology industry, Angel is frequently invited to serve as a speaker and panelist at IT Forums throughout North America. In his current role as SVP for Agilant Solutions, he has hired over 1,000 entry level computer repair technicians over the past 15 years, where the vast majority of these new hires came from underserved and at-risk communities. He’s been invited to the White House on two occasions to discuss strategies for workforce development..
Sean CullenSean Cullen is the Community and Sustainability Partner at Brooklyn- based e-retailer, UncommonGoods; a founding B Corp and a company devoted to showing by example how business can be used as a force for good. In this role, Sean works on initiatives and oversees projects dedicated to making a positive impact in both internal and external communities as well as the environment. He has a background in leadership theory and community impact and is currently serving as a member of the Workplace Professionals Training Institute’s Advisory Committee.
Sherazade LangladeSherazade Langlade joined JobsFirstNYC as Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development in November 2017, bringing 15 years’ experience in workforce development, business development, fundraising, strategy and project management. She joined JobsFirstNYC from Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners (NTFP), where Sherazadeserved as Director of Business Development, The Employer Solution, a social venture of NTFP. In this role, she was responsible for developing key strategic partnerships for The Employer Solution, a wrap-around financial empowerment service designed for workers and delivered through employers. 
Jessie Hogg LeslieJessie Hogg Leslie is both National Skills Coalition’s (NSC) National Network Director and the Director of Business Leaders United (BLU). Jessie oversees the entirety of NSC’s federal field operations, with a particular focus on extending NSC’s network to new states and districts essential to advancing the Coalition’s advocacy agenda. She manages Business Leaders United (BLU), which provides a common platform from which diverse business leaders jointly communicate to policymakers and the press about industry-based workforce strategies that could serve as state and national policy models.
Larry RothschildLarry Rothchild joined St Nicks Alliance as the Director of the Workforce Development in the Spring of 2016. He brings over 13 years of experience in executive leadership, change management, strategic planning, and business development in the Non-Profit, Workforce Development, and Community Development arenas. Larry spearheads Skills Training programs in Healthcare, Information Technology, Construction Laborer, Environmental Remediation and Transportation for both Adults and Opportunity Youth. Larry launched the St Nicks Alliance Business Advisory Council in June of 2017 to better leverage employer input aligned with the organization’s sectors of focus and is developing a Mentor program to better support the young adults in our Out of School Youth Training programs.

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Ready To Work Business Collaborative works cooperatively to help employers develop hiring best practices that target the long-term unemployed, underemployed, people with disabilities, military veterans, and Opportunity Youth.

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