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Changing the Game in Worcester

Our annual business conference.

  

OCTOBER 19, 2018    |    7:30 am – 1:30 pm

MECHANICS HALL  |  WORCESTER, MA

 

(MAP)

Game Changers Business Conference

Presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, this half-day event introduces innovators, investors, and developers who are funding, disrupting, and supporting the region’s start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Morning Keynote Speaker   | Lawrence Curtis, President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment

Mr. Curtis has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 100,000 units, which Winn currently has under management in 23 states across the country. Mr. Curtis’ primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing and historic rehabilitation developments. He is the past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council, as well as the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. Mr. Curtis was also recently named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Trustees.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker   |  Lauren Liss, President and CEO, MassDevelopment

Lauren A. Liss has served as MassDevelopment’s President and CEO since September 2017. Liss has extensive experience in both public and private sectors, holding leadership positions at state agencies and in the legal field. As MassDEP Commissioner beginning in 1999, Liss oversaw the development, implementation, and enforcement of air, water, waste, and site cleanup policy for the Commonwealth. At DEP, she managed a $110 million annual budget and a staff of 1,100. Prior to MassDEP, Liss had worked for the Commonwealth at the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction from 1997 to 1999. Most recently, at Rubin and Rudman, which she joined as a partner in 2003, Liss represented clients including large public corporations, higher-education institutions, and developers. Her areas of expertise include land use, transportation, and administrative law. She is a member of the MassEcon Board of Directors. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Boston University School of Law, Liss resides in Gloucester.

Schedule

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Morning

  • 7:30 am Registration

  • 8:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Game Changer Awards

  • 9:15 am - 9:30 am Keynote Address

  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am Coffee Break

Morning

  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am Innovation Showcase

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am Panel Discussions - Session 1

  • 10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break

  • 11:00 am - Noon Panel Discussions - Session 2

Afternoon

  • Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker

    Attendees will have a choice of workshops.

Workshop Session 1 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshop Session 2 | 11 am - 12 pm

Innovation Showcase

Worcester was recently named one of the top ten emerging start-up hubs in the country by TechNet and the Progressive Policy Institute. And, with more that a dozen co-working, incubator, peer support groups, and world class colleges and universities, we’re not surprised.

This “Show and Tell” for grownups is an opportunity for the Worcester business community to gain a glimpse of what’s going on behind the walls of some of the most innovative companies, colleges and start-ups that exist – anywhere.

This showcase will feature what area entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other have been working on – what’s ready to roll off their assembly line, a latest prototype, the science that’s growing in someone’s lab, and any other innovation that is of interest.

The showcase will be located in the Great Hall for the duration of the event: 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. 

During coffee breaks and in between sessions (7:30 am – 8 am; 9:30 am – 9:45 am; 10:45 am – 11 am) attendees will have an opportunity to walk around to the various exhibits.

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Venue

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester

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PRICE PER PERSON  | Breakfast Only: Member Fee – $35; Non-Member Fee – $55

Lunch Only: Member Fee – $55; Non-Member Fee – $75

Breakfast & Lunch: Member Fee – $75; Non-Member Fee – $100

Panel Registration Only: FREE – Space is limited!  Registration strongly encouraged.

*You will be redirected to the Chamber of Commerce website where you will be able to register and pay for your ticket. If you are not a Chamber member, click “Not a Member” on the following screen to continue registration.