Greater Easthampton Chamber to host ‘high energy’ leadership conference

EASTHAMPTON – The Greater Easthampton Chamber is hosting a virtual and in-person professional development and leadership conference, “sheLEADS,” on Friday, May 20 at the Keystone Building in Boylston Room.

“This is a professional development day that aims to provide tools, connections and resources to participants,” said Moe Belliveau, executive director of the chamber. “The goal is for attendees to walk away with connections and connections they didn’t have when they entered.”

The conference is the chamber’s first hybrid-style event. While tickets to attend in person are currently sold out, virtual attendance tickets are still available for $29. Virtual tickets are available at The virtual event will begin at 2 p.m.

For the in-person portion, the day begins at noon with a welcome address and is followed by a leadership strengths activation workshop from Colleen DelVecchio of Easthampton-based Maxady LLC, formerly known as Colleen DelVecchio Consulting.

Attendees will also hear from keynote speaker Robin Glaser, senior vice president of commercial affairs for the Kraft Group, the holding company for Kraft’s family businesses in professional sports, manufacturing and real estate development.

Glaser joined the Kraft Group in 2007 as a Senior Advisor and reports directly to Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and President Jonathan Kraft. She manages various business projects and strategic initiatives for the organization, and is one of the Kraft family’s senior business advisors, executing special projects and philanthropic initiatives. She oversaw the business operations of Kraft Sports Productions, the organization’s video production house.

Glaser handles several operational and administrative functions for the New England Patriots, including league and legal relations, serving as HR and finance liaison, negotiating sports performance and technology agreements, and supporting the player social justice fund initiative.

Following Glaser’s keynote, a panel discussion on the “Language of Leadership” will take place at 3:30 p.m., featuring Pia Kumar, chief strategy officer of Holyoke-based plastic injection molding maker Universal Plastics; Dr. Lynnette Watkins, President and CEO Cooley Dickinson Health Care; and Waleska Lugo-DeJesús, CEO of Springfield Inclusive Strategies, which focuses on enhancing the development of personal and institutional goals to address systemic racism.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” Belliveau said of the day’s schedule of events. “A lot of times as professionals we end up attending conferences, but that requires the attendees to be engaged. It’s a day full of energy.

For more information, contact Belliveau at 413-527-9414 or [email protected]

The city collects donations for Ukraine

Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s office announced it would support the efforts of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ludlow and set up two donation boxes in the town. The parish works directly with hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, military personnel and families in Ukraine, and collects donations for those affected by the war in Ukraine.

One donation box was left at the City Clerk’s Office in the Municipal Building, located at 50 Payson Avenue, and the other box is set up inside the Public Safety Complex at 32 Payson Avenue. Donated items will be delivered to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ludlow. There is also a box in front of the church, located at 45 Newbury St. in Ludlow, where residents can drop off their donations directly.

According to the church, there is an urgent need for: water purification tablets and straws, combat application tourniquets, combat style first aid kits; bandages of all sizes, anti-bleeding medication, painkillers and goggles. Other wanted items include earplugs, solar batteries, collapsible walkers, walking sticks, crutches, collapsible/collapsible stretchers, night vision gear, wet wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste , soap, deodorant and hairbrushes.

Food donations should be ready-to-eat foods like peanut butter and granola bars with an expiration date of at least three months. An Amazon wishlist of needed items is available at

The church also raises monetary funds to help offset shipping costs, purchase specific items that are needed, and send money to Ukraine. Those interested in donating may make checks payable to: Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, and in the memo write “Ukraine Aid”. Payments should be mailed to: 45 Newbury St. Ludlow, MA, 01056.

The Easthampton native serves aboard the USS Harry S. Truman

An Easthampton native is on a scheduled deployment with the US Navy on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of maritime stability and security, and reassuring allies and partners throughout Europe and Africa, according to the military.

Joshua Carpenter, an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman, just arrived in the Bay of Naples, Italy on Tuesday, May 10.

This is the first visit by a US Navy aircraft carrier to Naples in six years and presents a new opportunity to strengthen relations with a founding NATO member and ally, according to a Navy statement. essential.

Emily Thurlow can be contacted at [email protected]

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