FLORENCE – Despite a difficult year, there were only laughs and smiles when Leadership Pioneer Valley hosted the graduation ceremony for its regional leadership development program, LEAP.
This year, the group of 21 professionals from the region’s businesses, non-profit organizations and the public sector were able to come together at the Look Park Garden House in Florence for the celebration. This graduation came after an intense and condensed program conducted mostly virtually with some outdoor learning experiences this spring.
Hampshire County graduates include: Jocelyn Alvord of Florence, Greenfield Savings Bank; Lisa Brecher from South Hadley with the Center for Human Development; David Feinstein from Amherst with the Eric Carle Museum; Doug Hall of Amherst with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Farid Kaymaram from Amherst of Hampshire Mosque Volunteer; and Erin O’Neil of Hadley of New England Public Media.
The program has been condensed from nine months to six and has added new topics relevant to leadership right now to develop leadership and community skills. The sessions were conducted on Zoom which was difficult at times but, despite the virtual setting, participants always found ways to connect with each other.
This promotion is the 10th promotion, bringing together more than 300 graduates representing 125 companies, organizations and municipalities in the region.
FLORENCE – Florence Bank recently announced the appointment of Erin defoyd as marketing communications manager. Defoyd, who lives in Hampshire County, joins the bank with over 20 years of banking experience and relationships in the communities served by the banks.
“I have always been drawn to the Florence Bank brand and have admired the bank’s commitment to its employees, customers and the community,” said Defoyd. “I am thrilled to be a part of the team and look forward to fostering and developing the deep relationships the bank has established within local communities. “
She recently worked as a marketing manager at a local community bank. His duties included implementing marketing strategies to increase brand awareness, creating communication materials, supporting media planning, website management and social media administration.
Defoyd graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies in 2018 and is currently pursuing studies in Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University.
BOSTON – A new commission led by the co-chairs of Senator Eric P. Lesser of Longmeadow and State Representative Josh S. Cutler of Pembroke will focus on the future of the workplace and the impact of automation, artificial intelligence, global trade, and new forms of labor, business, and economic data.
The 17-member Future of Work Commission will hold hearings to hear testimony from leaders in workforce training and education, fair labor and workers’ rights, members from the union and business community to help inform a final report with their findings. and policy recommendations. The commission’s inaugural meeting was scheduled to take place on June 29, with experts from the Aspen Institute, the UMass Amherst Labor Center and SEIU to speak to members about generalized trends affecting the future. work.
“We know that the way we work is changing. As COVID-19 crashed into our economy, many workers, drivers, musicians and independent contractors faced a future without unemployment insurance and workplace protections, ”Lesser said. “The nature of work itself has changed in the 21st century, but we still operate on the basis of 19th century regulatory policy. I am delighted to be entering the race with my co-chair, Representative Cutler of the Commission on the Future of Work. We will convene the leaders of our state in a dialogue on the future to begin to chart the course of a new era.
SPRINGFIELD – Marketing, advertising and public relations agency Market Mentor has announced the addition of five new members to the team, which the company says will add to the depth and expertise of its team. staff. The hires span multiple departments, including accounting, copywriting, digital advertising, and public relations.
Elizabeth barry, a resident of Wethersfield, Connecticut, brings her morning news production expertise to FOX61 and WFSB in Hartford to her new role as a public relations specialist. A graduate of Endicott College and Southern New Hampshire University, Barry holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications. In her new role, she writes press releases as well as short and long texts, and strives to gain media opportunities for clients.
Chase hoffman, a Southampton resident, joins the team as Account Executive. He is a graduate of Westfield State University and holds a communications degree with a concentration in public relations.
Christophe proulx, a resident of Granby, Connecticut, joined the agency as a digital advertising specialist. A graduate of American International College and Westfield State University, he also holds Google Ads and Analytics certifications. He runs digital advertising campaigns on Google and social networks. In addition, he researches and develops keyword strategies as part of search engine optimization best practices.
David smith, a resident of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, joined the firm as a content writer, writing short and long texts for digital and print placements, websites, blogs and social media. After graduating in communications from the University of Connecticut, he worked in broadcast media at WWLP-22 News in Springfield and Fox61 in Hartford.
Sara West, a resident of West Hartford, Connecticut, serves as the account manager. She was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver. His primary responsibilities include account management and the creation, management and execution of multi-channel marketing campaigns integrating search engine optimization, social media, inbound marketing, HubSpot, email, mail and printing, and events to promote customer acquisition for customers.