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Rochester Biz Conversations

This weekly video series posted every Friday 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 Friday to hear interviews from the most transformative business leaders in the market.

Rochester Biz Conversations: Zach Sarkis, NY HempLab, FLWR CITY Collective

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Zach Sarkis, founder and executive director of the NY HempLab and founder of FLWR CITY Collective, joins the RBJ to discuss the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York, how the bill ensures social and racial justice, the timeline ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Annika D’Andrea, Tender Loving Family Care and TLC Virtual Resiliency

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Annika D’Andrea, founder, president and CEO of Tender Loving Family Care and president and co-CEO of TLC Virtual Resiliency, joins the RBJ to discuss her organizations’ response to COVID-19, the extra stress of dealing with the pandemic, lessons learned, and ...

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Rochester Business Conversations: Michael Hess, Waste Harmonics

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Michael Hess, president and CEO of Waste Harmonics, joins the RBJ to talk about the pandemic's effect on waste management, Waste Harmonics' success amid a challenging year, his outlook for the rest of this year, and more

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Wade Norwood, Common Ground Health

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Common Ground Health CEO Wade Norwood joins the RBJ to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the pandemic’s effect on inequitable health outcomes in our community, Common Ground Health’s goals for the near future, and more. WATCH VIDEO This item is ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Seanelle Hawkins, Urban League of Rochester

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Seanelle Hawkins, president and CEO of Urban League of Rochester, joins the RBJ to discuss Urban League’s response to COVID-19, the Interrupt Racism initiative, the Rochester Police Department and more. WATCH VIDEO This item is part of Rochester Business Journal’s ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Jerome Underwood, Action for a Better Community

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Jerome Underwood, president and CEO of Action for a Better Community, joins the RBJ to discuss ABC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent “Racism is a Public Health Crisis — Attacking the 2 Pandemics” virtual conference, the obstacles to addressing ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Bill Goodrich, LeChase Construction Services

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Bill Goodrich, CEO and Managing Partner of LeChase Construction Services, joins the RBJ to discuss LeChase’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of the construction industry, his role as chair of the United Way’s 2021 campaign, and more. WATCH ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Marty Birmingham and Sean Willett, Marty Birmingham, Five Star Bank, and Sean Willett

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Marty Birmingham, President and CEO of Five Star Bank, and Sean Willett, Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Five Star Bank, join the RBJ to discuss the latest round of PPP loans, what's different from previous rounds, their importance to the local economy, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Erica Mangers, Watermark Retirement Communities

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Erica Mangers, an executive director with Watermark Retirement Communities, joins the RBJ to talk about Watermark’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s approach to vaccinations, silver linings from the past year and more. WATCH VIDEO This item is part of ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Rep. Joseph Morelle

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Rep. Joseph Morelle joins the RBJ for a discussion about COVID-19, legislative priorities, and more. Editor’s Note: Because of technical difficulties, the recording of this interview was interrupted. This item is part of Rochester Business Journal’s video series, Rochester Biz ...

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