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Jose Ortiz, Shelby Schneider

Topic: NYC & NYS Workforce: An Inclusive Vision of Recovery for All New Yorkers
Session Description: Economic growth has not always meant prosperity for everyone. As New York State and New York City undergo significant shifts in our economies, we have an opportunity to take a new approach to equity to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to economic prosperity and that we collectively approach barriers to quality jobs and resources. It’s time to shift our priorities and rethink how we become a more inclusive New York that is fairer for all, and the Inclusive Growth Blueprint is a model for that equitable development that can be applied across urban, suburban, and rural communities across New York State.  Takeaways: (1) The Inclusive Growth Initiative’s strategy for equitable development focuses on three core pillars that are what people need to live well within a community: affordable housing, economic development and workforce development. (2) Success must be measured less by economic metrics. It must include a recognition of personal and communal prosperity, stability, well-being, dignity, and agency in pursuit of individual paths for success. (3) In order to scale solutions and recommendations, we have to make sure that we can address reforms on the three levels of people, community and systems.

Bio: Jose Ortiz Jr. was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), the nation’s largest city-based membership association for the workforce development industry, in February 2018. An accomplished New York City nonprofit leader, Jose has spent his career building and overseeing programs and initiatives at premier social sector organizations across education, leadership, innovation and workforce development.
Immediately prior to joining NYCETC, Jose served as the Managing Director of External Affairs, Partnerships, and Business Development at Pursuit, a Long Island City based workforce nonprofit that prepares underserved and underprivileged individuals without college degrees for software development jobs at some of the world’s most innovative companies. Prior to Pursuit, Jose spent more than a decade at 92Y, a world-class cultural and community center, where he led youth & family programs, leadership initiatives, conferences, and was a founding member of the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact which created the global day of philanthropy, Giving Tuesday.

Jose currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Regional Plan Association, SkillUp and the Human Services Council of New York, as well as on a number of advisory boards including  92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership, The Fund for Public Housing Advisory Council, the Queens Tech Council, and Youth Represents. Jose also served on the Amazon HQ2 Community Advisory Council (CAC), was recently appointed to NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Labor and Workforce Sector Advisory Council to inform the administration’s efforts to restart the economy and city life, and an Advisory Committee (chaired by Steve Cohen, Co-Chair of NY Forward and Chair of the Board of Empire State Development) to inform the Governor’s efforts around economic development planning over the next 18 months. 

Jose has testified before the United States Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) on the subject of “Connecting More People to Work”. Jose has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Politico, Newsweek, Crain’s NY, New York Daily News, NPR and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and has appeared on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis and WBAI’s “Max & Murphy”. Jose was the youngest person to be named to City & State’s 2019 Nonprofit Power 100, and named again in 2021. Jose was named to Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable in Nonprofit and Philanthropy list, as well as the inaugural class of the Robin Hood Power Fund invests in leaders of color who are “tackling inequities and driving solutions across New York City, while bringing perspective, proximity, and expertise to the fight against poverty.”

Shelby Schneider is the Deputy Director of the New York State Economic Development Council. Schneider has over twenty-years of experience working in economic development in Saratoga County. In her most recent role, she served as the President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership leading critical economic and workforce development initiatives across the public and private sectors, driving economic success for residents, businesses and government in Saratoga County, New York.
Over her career she has had the opportunity to work on transformational economic development projects such as the development of the Luther Forest Technology Campus, and the attraction of AMD, which later became GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. She also served as Empire Zone Coordinator, administering incentive programs on behalf of Saratoga County. 
She has also worked extensively with Saratoga County employers and start-ups to assist with business expansion strategies. She also spent over two and a half years managing national marketing for a craft brewery. In that role, she worked with the New York State Brewers Association and National Brewers Association where she advocated on behalf of the industry in Washington and Albany. During that time, she led the creation of a Brewers Training Certificate Program in collaboration with regional breweries, regional workforce investment boards, and Schenectady County Community College to meet the growing need for trained workforce in the craft beverage industry.
Schneider has extensive experience promoting Saratoga County and business assets to the global semiconductor and clean-tech industries. She traveled throughout the US and abroad to industry trade shows and developed an extensive knowledge of the industry and relationships with key industry decision makers and site selectors. She also spearheaded public relations campaigns, which helped garner international and national media exposure for the Saratoga County from The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the Huffington Post, and others.  Schneider’s has been recognized as one of Saratoga Today’s 2020 Women of Influence, the Capital Region Business Review’s 40 under Forty, and 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counselors International in 2013.
Schneider currently serves as a trustee at WMHT Public Service Media for Eastern, New York. Her most recent volunteer activities include serving as an appointed member of the Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County Workforce Development Board and an appointment member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board. 
She earned her BS in Management and Business Administration from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and is a Leadership Saratoga Alumni. She lives in Wilton with her husband Evan and their four children.


Karrin Wilks

Topic: Creating Pathways to High-Potential Jobs for Low-Income New Yorkers
Session Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the work of the New York Jobs CEO Council, a new non-profit dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity of low-income New Yorkers.  Key overall strategies include active collaboration between education and business, better student preparation for the future of work, and changes in company recruitment and hiring processes. Participants will learn about first-year Jobs Council initiatives and early findings, and have the opportunity to discuss how to break down industry and educational silos and open the door to local talent.

Bio: Karrin E. Wilks is the Chief Learning Strategist for the New York Jobs CEO Council, anon-profit dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity of low-income New Yorkers, particularly communities of color. The CEO’s of 28 of the largest employers in New York (and the world)comprise the Jobs Council and have made a collective commitment toproviding100,000 high-potential jobs to low-income New Yorkers by 2030.Prior to joining the Jobs Council, Wilks served in public higher education for over thirty-five years and has extensive experience designing and evaluating policy and practice aimed at improving student success and economic mobility, particularly for minoritized populations. Dr. Wilks was the Interim President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), the largest institution in the City University of New York (CUNY). She served as BMCC’s Senior Vice President and Provost prior to assuming the presidency. Prior to joining BMCC, Dr. Wilks served as the Senior Vice President and Interim Provost for Medgar Evers College, the only predominantly black institution in CUNY. In earlier roles, Dr. Wilks was the University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President for the Vermont State Colleges. Her work is grounded in a deep belief in the power of education to further the intellectual, economic, and social vitality of individuals and communities—and in its critical role in advancing equity and social justice. Wilks has an Ed.D. in educational policy and leadership development and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. in history/creative writing from Middlebury College.Shewas a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

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Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner

Topic: Measuring Our Value: Consistent Data for New York Continuing Education
Session Description: Early in 2021, the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) was introduced to New York state Assembly Member, Carrie Woerner. AM Woerner serves as the Chair, Legislative Commission on Skills Development and Career Education and as such was interested in knowing how we can all come together and provide the legislators with viable, reliable data across the entire state for continuing education and workforce development programs that would tell the story of what we all do to support such educational efforts to better serve the people of New York. This sessions provides an opportunity for AM Woerner to share her vision, the taskforce that was created to share some information and recommendations and finally for you, the audience to ask questions about this important area.

Bio: Carrie Woerner was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2014 while serving as vice president and general manager of Meet Max Conference Software, a division of The Wall Street Transcript. In the Assembly, Woerner advocates for responsible spending and is focused on improving the business climate for small businesses and farms, strengthening public schools and protecting the traditions, heritage and culture of Saratoga and Washington counties. Now in her fourth term, Woerner was appointed to Chair of the Legislative Commission on Skills Development and Career Education. She has been a strong advocate for apprenticeship programs, for Career and Technical Education offered through the BOCES system and has fought to expand funding for the Early College High School and P-Tech programs. Woerner is a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Agriculture, Local Governments, Racing and Wagering, Small Business and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committees, as well as a member of Joint Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, the Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus and serves as first vice chair of the Bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus.Over her first six years in office, Woerner has authored significant pieces of legislation positively impacting the business climate in her district and across New York State. These include a law to limit the inherent risk liability for agri-tourism businesses, a law easing requirements for in-classroom continuing education for insurance agents, a law creating the Upper Hudson Wine Trail, a law to reduce license fees for seasonal restaurants/bars, a law to ease restrictions on procurement of local foods by counties and BOCES. Woerner earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She began her successful 30-year career in software and technical writing working at firms such as IBM and Dell/Perot Systems. Carrie Woerner is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Center for the Family and has served on the Saratoga Arts Board of Directors


Chancellors Dr. Jim Malatras and
Dr. Felix
Matos Rodriguez

Topic: Meet your SUNY/CUNY Chancellors
Session Description: This sessions offer a unique opportunity to hear from both system’s chancellors in a small, somewhat intimate setting where both will share updates on their respective systems and discuss collaboration across both organizations. This moderated question and answer sessions will focus on questions and topics ranging from the CUNY/SUNY systems’ roles in economic & workforce development, their views on continuing education and workforce development, successes and lesson learned from the pandemic lockdowns, challenges faced for integrating traditional degree pathways and career development, to their view on the value of adult continuing education and workforce development, articulations for non-credit/credit-free/short-term workforce to degrees, the role of four year campuses in continuing education and how NY can capitalize on already realized and future funding changes at the federal level in Pell and other funding sources for education in order to optimize the diversity , equity and inclusion (DEI) agenda for all NEW Yorkers

Dr. Jim Malatras was named the 14th chancellor of The State University of New York on August 21, 2020.Prior to his role leading the SUNY system, Dr. Malatras served as the fifth president of SUNY Empire State College. Prior to joining SUNY Empire in May 2019, he served as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics. Dr. Malatras has held several high-ranking positions in New York State government, including director of state operations to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he managed the day-to-day operation of state government and served as the administration’s point person on policy development and implementation. An education policy expert, Dr. Malatras served as the executive director of the governor’s New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014, executive director of legislative affairs and state policy to Attorney General Cuomo, and legislative director to former assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky. Dr. Malatras served as Chief of Staff for Chancellor Nancy Zimpher from July 2013 to August 2014.Dr. Malatras received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University at Albany

Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez: Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College from 2014 to 2019 and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx from 2009 to 2014, making him one of a select few U.S. educators who has led both a baccalaureate and a community college. From 2006 to 2008, Matos Rodríguez served as Puerto Rico’s Cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services. Earlier, he had been Senior Social Welfare and Health Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. A cum laude graduate in Latin American Studies from Yale University, Matos Rodríguez received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He has taught at Yale, Northeastern University, Boston College, the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, City College and Hunter College, and was affiliated with the History department at the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter, he also directed the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, one of the largest and most important Latino research centers in the United States. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chancellor sits on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In 2021, he joined the board of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and was named co-chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC). He also serves on the boards of Phipps Houses and the United Way of New York City, and he is a member of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools steering committee. In 2020, the Chancellor was named by the American Council on Education (ACE) to a national task force focused on improving transfer of credit practices and to New York City’s Education Sector Advisory Council.

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