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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: 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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Rochester Biz Conversations: Aqua Porter, Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative

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Aqua Porter, executive director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, joins the RBJ to discuss her organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, her goals for 2021, the Rochester business community's engagement with the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Deana Porterfield, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary

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Deana Porterfield, president of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary, joins the RBJ to discuss how the fall semester went amid the COVID-19 pandemic, her hopes and concerns for next year, the responsibilities of leadership during this crisis and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Stefani LiDestri, LiDestri Food and Drink, and Pauly Guglielmo, Guglielmo Sauce

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Stefani LiDestri of LiDestri Food and Drink and Pauly Guglielmo of Guglielmo Sauce join the RBJ to talk about their companies’ response to COVID-19, how the pandemic is affecting the food manufacturing industry overall, their silver linings moving forward and more. ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Michael Montagliano and Jeanne Morelli, iV4

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iV4’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Montagliano and Chief Operations Officer Jeanne Morelli join the RBJ during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to discuss cybersecurity and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected companies' needs.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Chris Jagel, Harris Beach

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Harris Beach CEO Chris Jagel joins the RBJ to discuss how his firm has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, current and future legal demands from clients, diversity and inclusion in the legal industry and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Ken Greene, Greg and Jodi Johnson

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Sibley Square Asset Manager Ken Greene and Cub Room owners Greg and Jodi Johnson talk to the RBJ about The Mercantile on Main at Sibley Square, Rochester's food scene, COVID's impact on the restaurant industry and more.

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