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Becoming An Employer of Choice

July 13, 2023: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Thursday, July 13 | 8 – 10am | 5 Computer Drive South, Albany, NY 12205

According to the National Association of Manufacturers recent survey 75.7% of manufacturing leaders listed attracting and retaining quality workforce as a primary business challenge.

The same playbook is not enough. Workers seek quality jobs, and companies that prioritize job quality become employers of choice.

Job quality is not just about the job; it is a combination of key drivers that are important to each worker’s overall employment experience. Pay and benefits matter, and so do a multitude of other factors like workplace safety and health, a voice, culture, scheduling predictability, skills building, and advancement. Together, these distinguish an employer of choice from the rest. The bottom line, It all matters.

Join us and learn what strategies you can take to become an employer of choice.


Mary Malone McCarthy, Founder and CEO of M3 Placement & Partnership, a national executive search, talent acquisition, and strategic HR firm. As CEO she has led the organization to significant growth through the team’s focus on building strong partnerships with a shared services approach and a passion for exceptional service. Prior to founding M3, Mary Malone spent over 15 years as Senior Vice President at Northland Communications, responsible for the oversight of Human Resources, Marketing and Client Relations for the organization. See full bio here>>

Donna Hughes, JD, Founder and CEO of Hughes Solutions, LLC, an executive coaching and human resources consulting business. Donna launched her business to enable senior and emerging leaders to excel in their leadership capabilities, and to support diversity in the C-suite, where women and people of color remain underrepresented. Donna is a sought-after speaker for institutions of higher education, national organizations, and has been a guest podcast speaker on various topics including, embracing change, the value of leadership coaching, conscious leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, culture transformation, and leading organizations through the Covid-19 pandemic and social unrest. See full bio here>>

Anne Rush, Founder and CEO of Elasta Jobs, LLC, recognizes the growing need for creative and individualized talent solutions for organizations. She started Elasta Jobs to create mutually beneficial HR solutions for independent talent and companies. Placing a premium on earning our clients’ trust, Anne leverages her prior experience as an HR Executive to vet the talent within the Elasta Jobs’ network. Anne is recognized as an HR thought leader and has been featured in a variety of publications and speaking venues.

Christine McLear, Director of Workforce Development, Center for Economic Growth, started at CEG in 2021 to oversee workforce programs and partnerships, including management of CEG’s group sponsor program for NYS Registered Apprenticeship. With a specific focus on manufacturing trades, this program supports attraction and retention of diverse talent to meet workforce needs. 

Don Wiesenforth, a seasoned leader with over twenty-six years of diverse professional experience including as owner and president of a local manufacturing company, founder and partner of an exhibition management company, leading a lean transformation in healthcare, as well as a strategic business advisor to manufacturing and technology companies. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Growth Solutions at the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center Director. See full bio here>>



July 13, 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Capital Region Chamber / CEG
5 Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205 United States
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