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Rochester Biz Conversations

This weekly video series posted every Thursday features interviews with Rochester-area leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. These conversations will explore their leadership styles, the challenges they face and the lessons they’ve learned and want to share.

Tune in every Thursday to hear interviews from the most transformative business leaders in the market.

Rochester Biz Conversations: Natalie Madeira Cofield, Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership

Natalie Madeira Cofield, assistant administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, talks to the RBJ about how her office helps female entrepreneurs, the recent expansion of the Women's Business Center in Rochester, the unique challenges the pandemic posed for women, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Jill Knittel, President of JK Executive Strategies

Jill Knittel, president of JK Executive Strategies, joins the RBJ to talk about winning the Small Business Person of the Year award, how companies' leadership needs have changed as a result of the pandemic and continued social unrest, what companies should be doing to ensure smooth leadership transitions, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Rob Norris, President of Seabreeze Amusement Park, and Genevieve Norris-Brown, Director of HR & Operations at Seabreeze

Rob Norris, President of Seabreeze Amusement Park, and Genevieve Norris-Brown, Director of HR & Operations at Seabreeze, join the RBJ to talk about the park's reopening, COVID protocols, the Jack Rabbit and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Teresa Galbier, Chapter Executive of Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes

Teresa Galbier, chapter executive for the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes, joins the RBJ to discuss her organization's response to the pandemic, its 40th anniversary this year, what companies can do to support employees who are caregivers for family members with dementia, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Gerard Rooney, St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College President Gerard Rooney joins the RBJ to discuss the college's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the surprises and silver linings from the past year, his outlook for the rest of this year, and more.

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