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Past RBJ Power Breakfast Series

 Q&A with Mayor Lovely Warren

Wednesday, November 12, 2014. 7:30 - 9:30am. Hyatt Regency Rochester.

A wide-ranging conversation with RBJ president and publisher Susan Holliday, with topics to include:

  • Vision for city revitalization
  • First 10 months in office
  • Education reform
  • Open Q&A

 Register here:


2nd Annual ROC the Future
State of the Children Address
Friday, October 17, 2014

Our community has addresses for the State of the County, State of the City, and the State of the Schools.
This annual address is an intergovernmental, public/private partnership on the “State of Our Children,” addressing the challenges and opportunities in ROC the Future’s data-based report card and action plan for moving key indicators of children’s success, cradle to career. 
ROC the Future is an ongoing umbrella community framework to align people, programs, policies and funding for Rochester kids’ success, cradle to career, led by the Community Foundation, United Way, MCC, County, City, School District and other leading community institutions.


Maggie Brooks
County Executive, Monroe County

Lovely Warren
Mayor, City of Rochester

Dr. Leonard Brock
Alliance Director for ROC the Future, Executive for Education Initiatives at The Children’s Agenda

Peter Carpino
President, United Way of Greater Rochester

Jennifer Leonard
President & CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation

Erika Rosenberg
Principal, Center for Governmental Research Inc.

Dr. Bolgen Vargas
Superintendent of Schools, Rochester City School District

2014 Economic Outlook:
Rochester and the Upstate Region

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Thomas Battley
Executive Director, New York Photonics Cluster
TOPIC: Optics, Photonics and Imaging
Click here to see a PDF of his presentation.

Laurence Glazer
CEO and Managing Partner, Buckingham Properties
TOPIC: Commercial and Residential Real Estate
Click here to see a PDF of his presentation.

Dr. Donald Levy
Director, Siena Research Institute
TOPIC: Survey Results and Economic Outlook
Click here to see a PDF of his presentation.

Brad McAreavy
President, Rochester Automobile Dealers Association
TOPIC: Automotive Industry
Click here to see a PDF of his presentation.

Sandy Parker
President & CEO, Rochester Business Alliance
TOPIC: Legislative and Policy Initiatives, Economic Outlook

7:30 - 7:45 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. — Dr. Levy will review results of the annual Survey of Upstate New York Business Leaders, identify industries that will be most successful in Rochester in the next five years, and forecast local hiring trends for 2014.
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. — Industry expert presentations
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. — Q & 

Understanding Health Care Reform

November 2013

Steven Goldstein
President & CEO, Strong Memorial Hospital

Thomas Mahoney M.D.
Associate Executive Director, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency

Jim Reed
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Joseph Vasile M.D.
President & CEO, GRIPA

Discussion agenda:
• How will the balance between cooperation and competition in our community be maintained?
• What are the odds that we can continue to improve on the current quality of care we are delivering, given the continuing pressures on providers as well as on pricing?
• Best guesses on cost trends going forward?
• We are dealing with two converging issues: health care reform and CMS payment reform. From panelists' perspectives, what are the key factors that will determine whether the “grand scheme” will work or not?
• Q&A

Smarter Partnerships: Making Collaborations Work to Boost Student Achievement in Rochester
April 2013

Reading Proficiency by Third Grade: The Importance of Summer Learning

Ronald Fairchild—President and CEO, Smarter Learning Group
Conger Gabel—CEO, Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association
Jennifer Leonard—President and CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation; ROC the Future
Ann Stone, Ph.D.—Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, The Wallace Foundation
Bolgen Vargas—Superintendent, RCSD
Moderator: Susan Holliday—President and Publisher, Rochester Business Journal

Public/Private Partnerships in Support of Expanded Learning

Dawn Borgeest—Sr. Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester
Jackie Campbell—Assistant Commissioner for Youth Services, City of Rochester Recreation & Youth Services
Newton Green—Vice President of Corporate Quality, Rochester Midland
Caterina Leone-Mannino—Director of Expanded Learning, RCSD
Joseph Martino—CEO, EnCompass
Moderator: Patty Malgieri—Chief of Staff, RCSD

To view the PowerPoint presentation from the event, click here.

 Re-energize Rochester
July 2012

He built Paetec into a billion-dollar business. Now Arunas Chesonis is betting that Sweetwater Energy and several other startups also have breakthrough potential.

We heard from Paetec’s founder and the entrepreneurs he’s backing as they discussed growth opportunities for technology ventures and what these could mean for the Rochester-area economy.

Arunas A. Chesonis, Chief Executive Officer, Sweetwater energy

Miles Barr, Chief Executive Officer, Ubiquitous Energy

Vanessa Green, Chief Executive Officer, OnChipPower

Ciaran Hynes, Chief Executive Officer, 10n2 Technologies

Dr. Riccardo Signorelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, FastCap Systems

Health Care Reform
July 2012

What does the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Affordable Care Act ruling mean for our community, your company, and your employees. This panel of distinguished local health care leaders shared their views.

  •  Christopher Booth, President & Chief Operating Officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  •  Jake Flaitz, Director of Benefits, Paychex
  •  Steven Goldstein, President & Chief Executive Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital

To view the PowerPoint presentation from the event, click here.

Changing public education. Changing live
December 2011

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Ann Rubenstein Tisch
Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of The Young Women’s Leadership Network, a high-performing network of all-girls’ public schools in New York City. Since its first graduating class, the flagship school in East Harlem has had a 100 percent graduation rate and acceptance rate into four-year colleges. Ms. Rubenstein Tisch also created a college guidance and access program, CollegeBound Initiative, for high-need public schools. CBI is operating in 16 public schools and creates a culture of success helping low-income public students reach their full potential. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Rubenstein Tisch is a former National Correspondent for NBC Network News.

Learn How to Become a Best Place to Work
June 2011

Guest Speakers:

Lauren Dixon — CEO, Dixon Schwabl

David Fiedler — CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union

Holly Petroff — Senior Consultant, Great Places to Work Institute

Topics that were addressed:

 • How does being a "Best Place to Work" affect your bottom line and productivity?

• What does it mean to be a "Best Place to Work"?

• What are the measurable benefits?

• National best practices

• Application strategies

The Pros and Cons of Mayoral Accountability
March 2010

Rochester is not the first city to consider mayoral control of its schools. Cities across the nation have looked at such proposals as a way to improve academic performance.

Parents, teachers, public officials and city residents all want better public education—and businesses also have an interest in better-prepared workers.

Whether mayoral control would improve public schools in Rochester is a matter of hot debate, however. Opponents say it ignores the will of the voters, is disconnected from parental concerns and has not been proven to improve results. Proponents say it can improve test scores and help turn around low-performing districts.

The Rochester Business Journal, in an effort to foster a community dialog and generate fresh, firsthand information and conversation, assembled a panel of proponents, critics and experts. They shared their views and stated their arguments for and against mayoral control on March 23 at a breakfast forum. The panelists also answered questions. The event was an opportunity to get a clearer picture of what mayoral control would mean here.

These national experts and local leaders shared their views and answer questions: Mayor Robert Duffy, Margaret Raymond, Adam Urbanski, Dennis Walcott, Van White and Dr. Kenneth Wong.

To view a video from the event, click here.

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