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February 28 Forum on Next Generation Workforce: Increasing Retention of College Graduates in Connecticut

Feb 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

NEW: Garrett Moran, Chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council, confirmed as the event moderator.

Students come to Connecticut from all over the world to get a world class education. Connecticut has struggled to add these students to our workforce. Join us for an overview of recent trends in student migration, followed by a discussion of best practices for keeping graduates in the state. The event will feature a presentation on student migration trends in Connecticut by the New England Board of Higher Education. We will also be joined by a representative of Campus Philly, a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region. Their 2019 annual report shows that this organization has had an incredible economic impact on the region since it was founded in the early 2000s.

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Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (Registration and Networking at 8:30am)

Location: Legislative Office Building Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT

8:30 am Refreshments, Registration, and Networking
9:00 am Welcome Remarks from Representative Gregory Haddad, Chairman of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee
9:10 am College Retention in CT: Description of Current Situation
Presenter: Candace Williams, New England Board of Higher Education
9:30 am Promising Practice for Retention: Campus Philly
Presenter: Ashlie Thornbury, Vice President of Partnerships, Campus Philly
10:00 am Panel on Current Retention Efforts and Next Steps
Panelists: Marty Guay, Vice President, Business Development, Stanley Black and Decker; Richard Sugarman, President, Hartford Promise; Dr. Lloyd Blanchard, Associate Vice President UConn
10:40 am Question and Answer Session
10:55 am Wrap Up and Next Steps

Ashlie Thornbury

Ashlie Thornbury, Vice President, Partnerships, Campus Philly

Ashlie Thornbury leads Campus Philly’s Partnerships team, which generates and fulfills partnerships that provide valuable opportunities for thousands of college students. Ashlie joined Campus Philly in 2011, directing career programs & events. She launched the Corporate Membership Program in 2012, which she continues to oversee and grow in addition to many successful marketing partnerships. Locally, Ashlie serves on the membership committee for Power, a professional association for women. She is also on the communications and marketing advisory council for Women’s Way, a nonprofit that inspires and mobilizes the community to invest in organizations and leaders that will advance the rights of and opportunities for women and girls, and achieve gender equality for all. Ashlie also serves on the sponsorships committee of the HR Person of the Year Awards. Nationally, she serves on the Volunteer Advisory Council for the American Brain Tumor Association and every fall since 2007 plans and produces an annual 5K fundraiser to benefit that organization in memory of her aunt. Ashlie graduated from Temple University in 2003 with a degree in Art.

Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

Lloyd Blanchard

Associate Professor in Residence, Associate Vice President of Budget, Management and Institutional Research

Lloyd Blanchard currently serves as UConn’s Associate Vice President of Budget, Management and Institutional Research. He is a seasoned public administrator with wide-ranging government and academic leadership experience. He has been a senior White House budget official, chief operating officer of the Small Business Administration and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York, and deputy chief financial officer at NASA. He has also served as a Vice Provost at Louisiana State University and on the public policy faculty at the University of Washington and Syracuse University. Dr. Blanchard’s research and published work focuses on education productivity, policy, and finance; and racial and ethnic disparities in education and small business lending.

EDUCATION

B.A., Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1986
B.A., Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1993
M.P.A., The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1994
Ph.D., The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Public Administration, 1999

Teaching
Economics, Public Budgeting, Financial Management, Quantitative Analysis, Urban Policy, Executive Leadership

Research
Public organizational costs and performance, performance budgeting, public education finance and policy, and racial/ethnic discrimination and segregation

Marty Guay

Marty Guay is the Vice President, Business Development, for Stanley Black & Decker.  In this capacity, Marty looks to create value creation opportunities by working with startups, innovation eco-systems, and the entrepreneurial community. Previously, Marty was the President of STANLEY Healthcare, a global business and operating division of Stanley Black & Decker, a Fortune 500 company with a track record of innovation and sustained profitable growth.  STANLEY Healthcare is a recognized leader in solutions that transform safety, security and operational efficiency for senior living organizations, hospitals and health systems.   The solutions enable customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in five critical areas; security and protection, patient and resident safety; clinical and operations workflow, environmental monitoring, and asset management.

Prior to STANLEY Healthcare, Marty was a senior leader at STANLEY Security, the second largest global provider of electronic security.  He served at the President, Integrated Systems as well as the Vice President of Sales and Operations for North America.   Previous to STANLEY, Marty had twenty years of security experience notably as the President of Niscayah, USA and the Chief Operating Officer for Securitas Systems.

From 1992 through 1999 Marty served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the national Association of Catholic Chaplains based in Milwaukee, WI.

Marty is an executive member of The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice based at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.   He is also a Board Member of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, a non-profit organization that removes barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.

Marty earned a Bachelors degree and M.B.A. from the George Washington University. He completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Richard Sugarman

Richard Sugarman has a varied background including nonprofit leadership, corporate management, investment management, and extensive community engagement work.

Richard is the President of Hartford Promise, a large scale College Scholarship Fund and College Success Program that is making it possible for hundreds of Hartford students to pursue their college dreams.

He has been the Founding President of The Connecticut Forum for 28 years, an award winning non-profit organization that brings nationally renowned panelists to Hartford four times a year to discuss a variety of timely and important topics for audiences of 2800.

Richard has served on many Boards including: CT Center for School Change, Conn CAN, The Learning Corridor, Police Athletic League, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

He has advised and consulted with many organizations including: Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Melville Charitable Trust, Annie E. Casey Foundation, CT Mirror, Travelers, Village for Families and Children, Partnership for Strong Communities, Children’s Trust Fund, CT Fair Housing Center, and Hartford Public Schools.

In addition to his community work, Richard had a 20 year career in financial services. He was a senior executive at Advest with responsibilities that included CT Division Manager, Headquarters Branch Manager, Director of Employee Training and Professional Development, Corporate Strategic Planning, and Portfolio Management.

He has received numerous awards including:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, from Hartford Business Journal
  • The Tapestry Award, from The Hartford Courant, in recognition for bringing diverse communities together
  • Community Leader of the Year, from Leadership Greater Hartford
  • The Renaissance Award for Education, from the Hartford Downtown Council

Richard has a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Miami and an M.S. degree in social work from the University of Maryland. Post-graduate studies include the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, NYC, and The Family Therapy Institute, New Rochelle, N.Y.

He lives in West Hartford with his wife Doris. They have three sons, Skip, Jesse, and Scott….and they are all Buckeye fans.

Candace Williams

Candace Williams is the Director of Policy Research & Strategic Initiatives at the New England Board of Higher Education. Candace is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and research activities including: guiding the organization’s policy agenda and priorities; producing reports and analysis of salient policy issues, trends and developments affecting higher education and the economy in New England; engaging with key stakeholders and policy makers in the region to provide analysis, data resources, policy expertise and technical assistance. She also oversees efforts to expand NEBHE’s portfolio of grant-funded initiatives and acts as project director of High Value Credentials for New England. Before joining NEBHE, Candace was an aide in the Massachusetts state senate. A native of mid-coast Maine, she made her way to Boston to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Northeastern University.

Garrett Moran is Chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council in Connecticut was until recently the President of Year Up a nonprofit organization that provides technical and life skills training to low income high school graduates who are not employed or enrolled in an educational institution. Garrett served as President of Year Up for six years, originally joining the organization in 2013.

Prior to joining Year Up, Garrett served as the COO of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group, overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations, playing a senior role in its investment process and guiding the firm’s CSR initiatives. Prior to joining Blackstone, Garrett was the President of MMC Capital, and was Vice Chairman and co-head of the Banking Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Garrett serves as a board member of Middlebury College and The Partnership for Connecticut and formerly served on the board of the Posse Foundation, the Blackstone Foundation, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brunswick School. He received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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