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Webinar 7: Extraordinary Resolve: How Capital Region leaders have positively disrupted the crisis

May 12, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a free webinar series offering insight on the
COVID-19 pandemic’s affect on business and how we can move past it.

No cost to attend; please RSVP below.
If you are unable to join, webinars will be recorded and available on our website.


Date: Tuesday, May 12 | 10:00 – 11:00am
Presented by: Catharine Potvin of Stragility & CEG

Program Description:

Moving through this pandemic has been challenging for most businesses. Developing an offensive mindset that allows you to discover and implement new opportunities even during a tumultuous time is more important now than ever. Join this live panel discussion to hear the stories, experiences and lessons learned of these Capital Region leaders as to how they have made positive, forward-thinking changes in their organizations to succeed now and in the future. 

About the Panelists:

Andrea Crisafulli
Andrea Crisafulli is Owner and President of Crisafullli Bros. Plumbing and Heating, Contractors, Inc., a NYS Certified WBE, Mechanical Contracting company, in Albany NY. Andrea is a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization, the National Key 4Women Advisory Board, an Albany Colonie Regional Chamber Board Member and several trade specific associations. Crisafulli Bros. has been voted Best Plumbing Company in the Times Union Readers Poll each year since 2007 and earns their place each year in the Top Mechanical Contractors list.

Joan Hayner
Joan Hayner is the COO of Community Care Physicians, a multispeciality medical group practice. 

Darrin Jahnel
Darrin Jahnel is the co-founder and CEO of the Jahnel Group, a 80-person software consulting company based in Schenectady, NY. We develop web-based software applications that help businesses get things done more efficiently. Sometimes we design and build an entire application, other times we augment a pre-existing team. Either way, we’re maniacally focused on adding value for our clients and creating an amazing workplace for our employees. Whether you’re looking to scale your existing development team or you want to outsource an entire software project, Jahnel Group can help. We have a proven track record of completing projects on time and within budget.

David Dussault
Passionate Founder CEO leading a growing, diversified industrial engineering, manufacturing and supply chain company. We are a values-driven business, with an inspiring vision to Revitalize American Manufacturing Through Entrepreneurship. A core component to our growth strategy is utilizing our core capabilities (engineering+operations+supply chain) to actively launch new internally cultivated start-ups with key partners. We have launched two new ventures in 2017/2018 and intend to launch one per year. As a Founder CEO, I am an accomplished visionary, team builder, strategist, cultural architect and leader. My greatest strength is leading in an operational context with strong culture and strategy. I am a partner in a venture development company that is dedicated to building transformational companies with mission-driven Leaders and we are actively adding to our portfolio. We take a “nurturing” approach and engage operationally and strategically with leadership teams.

About the Moderator:

Catharine Potvin
Catharine E. Potvin is a NYS Certified WBE that works with forward-thinking leaders to achieve traction in their business by developing a simplified strategic plan that keeps the organization focused on achieving short and long term goals. With over two decades of strategic planning experience in a variety of leadership positions in the private and non-profit sectors, Catharine is a trusted advisor on strategy, leadership, plan implementation and accountability. Catharine and her team are regularly sought out by business owners and executive teams to advance their companies to the next level of achievement. Her energy, authenticity and healthy dose of humor sets her apart as well as her focused approach on achieving results.  Her unique and customizable solutions-based methodology is applicable across industries and accommodates organizations of all sizes. 



May 12, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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