2018-11-07 / Front Page

Queens Businesses Can Learn How to Solve Their Staffing Challenges At Upcoming Symposium

Queens businesses will receive information to help them solve their staffing challenges from experienced human resource leaders and workforce trainers at A Workforce Symposium, on Friday, November 16th, at United Nations Federal Credit Union, sponsored by Verizon.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Queens Chamber of Commerce and the NYC Employment and Training Coalition, is presenting the Symposium, entitled: Finding and Keeping Qualified Staff in a Tight Labor Market.  

Two panels of experts will provide guidance and expertise. The first panel--led by Ken Adams, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Bronx Community College/CUNY—will comprise human resource professionals at major Queens businesses sharing tips on identifying candidates with good customer service skills, finding talent in the gig economy, finding qualified dual-language staff, and keeping up with regulations. Following this, Jose Ortiz, Executive Director of NYC Employment and Training Coalition, will lead a panel of experienced workforce trainers on how businesses can create partnerships with them to recruit, develop and retain talent.

Panelists are:
    •    Shaheen Barrett, HR Business Partner, Verizon
    •    Nicole Leon, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Con Edison
    •    BeniJayne Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager - Retail NY, Investors Bank
    •    Shree Cousins, Vice President of Workforce, Goodwill Industries Greater NY & Northern NJ
    •    Bethany Goldszer, Senior Director of Programs & Development, Urban Upbound
    •    Jane Schulman, Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
    •    Andre Ward, Associate Vice President of Education and Employment Services, The Fortune Society

Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation is presenting the Symposium as part of its launch of QueensWINs! (Workforce Initiative Now), begun in response to Queens businesses’ growing need to identify and retain qualified staff.

The Workforce Symposium will be held on Friday, November 16, 8a-11a at United Nations Federal Credit Union, at 24-01 44th Road, in Long Island City. Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation extends its thanks to UNFCU for hosting the Symposium. Breakfast will be served. The event is free; but you must register here.

For information, please contact Ellen Young, Consulting Program Manager, at ellenhelps@gmail.com.

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