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We are very pleased to announce the first speakers for the upcoming Leadership Conference, held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 20-22. Hailing from Monroe Community College, CompTIA, Goodwill Industries International, and others, the conference speakers will present on how they have successfully employed EMSI data and tools to grow their regional economy, connect people to jobs, and bless their communities.
Stay tuned for news of more speakers and the full conference agenda!
Mr. Campbell is the assistant to the vice president of economic development & innovative workforce services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. In this role, he supports MCC vice president Todd M. Oldham with an array of college and division-level projects and programs. Mr. Campbell is also a member of the teaching faculty providing instruction in business and computer-related curricula.
Mr. Campbell is an alumnus of several leadership development programs, including MCC’s Employee Development Series, Urban League of Rochester’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, and Leadership Rochester — a year-long program charged with identifying and developing emerging and existing leaders who represent and serve the Greater Rochester Community through direct action.
Mr. Campbell holds an executive master of business administration degree and a bachelor of science degree in graphic media marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional and plans to earn a Black Belt certificate in Lean Six Sigma from MCC in summer 2014.
Mr. Campbell is also EMSI Certified after having recently passed the certification exam with a score of 99%.
Nancy Fair-Zsofran, PhD
Nancy Fair-Szofran is the provost for the Community Colleges of Spokane, where she has held leadership roles in national research projects; the expansion and development of online programs, digital badges, and competency-based educational programs; and the development of a public/private partnership to offer American Honors College. Dr. Fair-Szofran also serves as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) regional accrediting body.
Prior to moving to Spokane, Dr. Fair-Szofran served as the vice president for research, planning, and institutional effectiveness at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. She has also worked with the Idaho State Board of Education as the Chief Technology Officer, and has served on the Idaho Governor’s Science and Technology Committee. Her experience includes testifying in front of the legislative House and Senate Committees and the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee on matters relating to postsecondary education research, governance, and technology usage.
Dr. Fair-Szofran received a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, and a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.
Vice President of Research and Market Intelligence, CompTIA
Tim Herbert serves as vice president of research and market intelligence at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Under his leadership, CompTIA produces a wide range of research and analysis to further the understanding of technology and workforce trends.
Mr. Herbert regularly pens articles for industry publications and presents at industry conferences. In his 18 years as a tech sector analyst, he has been cited in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, and many others.
Prior to joining CompTIA, Mr. Herbert directed the research program and was a lead analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association, producer of the International CES — the largest technology event in the world. Mr. Herbert also co-founded two startups: eBrain Market Research and the Memory-on-Demand cloud service.
Mr. Herbert holds a degree in economics from John Carroll University and an MBA from George Mason University.
Todd Oldham serves as the vice president for economic development and innovative workforce services at Monroe Community College (MCC). As vice president, Mr. Oldham is responsible for leading MCC’s initiatives to support regional workforce development with credit and non-credit workforce and career technical education to business and industry throughout the Rochester, New York region. The division for Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services includes program and department areas in workforce development and corporate education, grants development, career technical education, agriculture and life sciences, and public safety training.
Mr. Oldham brings with him more than 17 years of broad-based experience in the leading and managing of workforce development programs and business development initiatives in higher education and in the private sector. He has a record of building partnerships with employers and creating career pathways for students.
While at Clark College, as associate vice president and executive director of corporate and continuing education, Mr. Oldham co-authored or managed more than $3.5 million in federal, state, and regional grants related to workforce training projects. His work experience includes serving as interim executive dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education and as associate vice president and executive director of Corporate Education at Clark College. Prior to his tenure at Clark, Mr. Oldham was a program manager for information technology at Chapman University. His business background includes handling client accounts for Gateway Computer and Working Capital Technologies.
Mr. Oldham has an MBA from Chapman University in California, a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, an associate’s degree from Orange Coast College in California, and a certificate in project management from Boston University.
Martin Romitti, PhD
Dr. Martin (Marty) Romitti serves as senior vice president at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) where he manages key research projects focused on evaluating the performance of economic development and workforce-focused policy initiatives, making assessments of state incentive and expenditure programs, and conducting economic impact studies of federal, state, and regional programs, assets, and investments. Dr. Romitti also conducts extensive research on high-growth companies, provides support to planning initiatives, and coordinates the development and implementation of training curriculum on regional economic methods. Dr. Romitti is recognized for his leadership on complex research projects and for innovative research design. He has led dozens of studies and earned multiple national awards for research excellence.
Before joining CREC, Dr. Romitti served as the director of economic and public policy research at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, where he provided analyses of trends, economic impacts, targeted industries, labor market issues, economic development efforts, and policy initiatives. Dr. Romitti was the managing editor of MassBenchmarks, an economic journal published by the university in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He also headed the Massachusetts State Data Center. Prior to his time at UMass, Dr. Romitti founded the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), a 40-person organization providing research and producing studies on the Missouri economy.
Dr. Romitti holds a PhD in political science with emphases on public policy analysis and political economy from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.
Scott J. Sheely is the executive director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, one of 22 such boards in Pennsylvania, where he has held this position since 2000. Mr. Sheely was a pioneer in bringing the concept of industry clusters developed in the economic development world to the workforce system, first in Pennsylvania and then nationally. Clusters emphasize the demand-driven side of the workforce development equation and bring the business and industry voice more fully into the human capital development conversation. The Lancaster County Board now operates industry partnerships in advanced manufacturing (food, metal, plastics), industrial maintenance, and agriculture in collaboration with 500+ companies. Most partnerships have been in existence for more than five years, proving that sustainability is possible in sector work.
Lately, Mr. Sheely has focused on using the sector emphasis to reinvent the mission, vision, and infrastructure of One-Stop Centers, especially Business Services Teams. Lancaster used ARRA funding to try new models of training that meet the needs of employers better than traditional Individual Training Accounts and On-the-Job Training practices: short-term, skill-centered, and employer-defined and -driven. Many employers now hire directly out of these pre-employment training offerings.
Mr. Sheely is also a member of the advisory of the National Network of Sector Partners and has been a faculty member of the National Sector Skills Academy from its inception. He has consulted around the country with local areas, regions, and states on identifying priority industries; using labor market information to drive policy, programming, and the development of infrastructure; engaging industry; and implementing and sustaining sector strategies. He has also worked as the human resources director of a large mental health agency, the operations manager of a nursing home chain, the associate pastor of a church, and the owner of a regional wholesale jewelry business.
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in government, Wright State University in mental health counseling, and United Theological Seminary in pastoral counseling, Mr. Sheely is currently a doctoral candidate in adult and workforce education at Penn State University.
Brad Turner-Little is the director of mission strategy for Goodwill Industries International (GII). In his second stint with GII, Mr. Turner-Little now leads the organization’s strategic engagement related to mission services through developing collaborations with public and private partners, proactive visioning, strategic leadership, and technical support for 165 local Goodwill member agencies across North America. He also facilitates Goodwill members’ mission growth via enhanced business capability and integration of effective workforce development practices.
Before serving in this role, Mr. Turner-Little was an assistant vice president of government relations for Easter Seals Office of Public Affairs, where he represented Easter Seals’ interests in workforce development policy issues, as well as veterans’ issues and public policy development related to non-profit operations, governance, and charitable giving incentives.
Prior to Easter Seals, Mr. Turner-Little worked for GII as a national workforce consultant as well as in their public policy unit, where he focused on policy areas related to the employment of people with disabilities. He began his career as a job developer for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.
Mr. Turner-Little is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ms. Wunderlich is dean of organizational success and learning at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, where she is responsible for visionary and collaborative leadership to develop and support the college’s organizational learning processes, its people and their relationships, and its creation and use of information.
A self-proclaimed data geek, Ms. Wunderlich develops analyses to support and assess initiatives across the college. For 20 years, she has written and directed the college’s Perkins Career and Tech Education grants and written other proposals related to workforce development initiatives. Most recently, she authored proposals that garnered more than $4 million in funding for the college’s new Farm to Bistro initiative, including $2.3 million in New York State Regional Economic Development funding.
Ms. Wunderlich regularly presents at the state and national level and has provided consulting services to more than a dozen colleges and universities. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the Gallup Organization’s StrengthsQuest Architect Award.
Ms. Wunderlich holds a degree in psychobiology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a JD from the Cornell University Law School. She has also completed additional graduate work in neuroscience and education at Cornell University and Binghamton University. She is a trained Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and Certified Strengths Based Educator.
Questions about the Leadership Conference? Contact Gwen Burrow: firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-883-3500.