The Rochester Business Journal is moving all events through the end of September to virtual events to help attendees stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The format for our awards events — Corporate Counsel, Best Companies to Work for in NY, Financial Leaders, Health Care Heroes and Women of Excellence — will be as close to our in-person events as possible using TV-style production and multimedia programming to bring the show to your home.
“We all wish that we could gather in person to celebrate, network and learn as we have in the past, but we want to do our part to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of the RBJ. “However, it is clear that there is a real need for good news and a desire to celebrate and engage with others in the community as best we can during this pandemic. We are confident that our attendees will enjoy the virtual experiences we are creating for them.”
The RBJ has already held two successful virtual events this month.
Wealth of Health Awards was celebrated and the winner in each category was announced on June 10. Honorees, co-workers, family and friends were able to cheer on social media and their congratulations appeared for all attendees to see throughout the video event.
The Diversity & Inclusion Mastermind Summit kicked off as a virtual series June 16 with its first session: Keynote speaker Eric Ellis, president and CEO of Integrity Development Corp., plus a panel on real-life experiences from Rochester business leaders. Attendees had the opportunity to interact in breakout groups after the keynote presentation and were able to ask questions of the keynote speaker and the panelists.
The series will continue with two more sessions from 8:50-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 14. Go to rbj.net/events/diversity-inclusion-summit/ to learn more about the remaining sessions.
The Corporate Counsel Awards, presented in partnership with The Daily Record, will honor 11 of the Rochester area’s standout corporate counsel at 4 p.m. July 20. You can purchase tickets at rbj.net/events/corporate-counsel-awards/.
Reader Rankings winners have been announced in 78 categories. The top winner in each category will be revealed by video over nine days on rbj.net and nydailyrecord.com, starting July 20:
- July 20: Education
- July 21: Entertainment
- July 22: Finance/Accounting/Insurance Providers
- July 23: General Business
- July 24: Health Care
- July 27: Legal Services
- July 28: Real Estate
- July 29: Technology
- July 30: Top Employers
Best Companies to Work For in NY, presented in partnership with NYS-SHRM and the Best Companies Group, will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Aug. 5. Seventy-five companies will be honored and the rankings in each category will be unveiled. You can purchase tickets at rbj.net/events/best-companies/.
Financial Leaders, presented in partnership with the Rochester chapter of Financial Executive International, will be honored at noon on Aug. 19. Nineteen winners will be celebrated in nine categories. You can purchase tickets at rbj.net/events/financial-leaders/.
Health Care Heroes will be celebrated at noon on Aug. 24. Winners in a new category — COVID-19 heroes — will be announced soon and will be honored along with the 31 winners in 12 categories who have already been announced. You can purchase tickets at rbj.net/events/health-care-heroes/.
The Women of Excellence Awards will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. The event will celebrate 43 Women of Excellence winners and seven Circle of Excellence inductees. You can purchase tickets at rbj.net/events/women-of-excellence/winners/.
The RBJ appreciates the dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of celebrating excellence in whatever format is safe and have maintained their support to allow these virtual events to take place. For information about sponsoring any RBJ event, contact Publisher Kevin Momot at email@example.com. For other event questions, contact Events & Marketing Coordinator Jessica Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RBJ will continue to follow state and CDC guidelines while deciding how to approach the rest of the events scheduled for this year.