Located in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the “heart of the Commonwealth.” Established as a town in 1722, it was formally incorporated as a city in 1848. Worcester has a long rich history of industry and innovation but it came of age as a truly industrial city in the forty years after the Civil War. After World War II, Worcester began to fall into decline as the city lost its manufacturing base to cheaper alternatives across the country and overseas but in the mid-20th century, large urban renewal projects were undertaken to try and reverse the city’s decline. Today, Worcester’s economy has begun to recover as the city expanded into biotechnology and healthcare fields and the city has gotten national recognition as an entrepreneurial friendly hub. Fun fact: Worcester resident Harvey Ball designed the world famous Smiley Face in 1963.
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Boston Globe Interview (video) – July 27, 2021
Kauffmann Foundation article – June 30, 2021
Forbes – May 23, 2021
Star Tribune – April 28, 2021
Cape Cod Wave Magazine – April 19, 2021
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Leadership Advisory Board
- Christina M. Andreoli – Berkshire Bank
- Eric Busenburg – Euro-American Worldwide Logistics
- Mary Casey – Harbor Law Group
- John Esler – Esler Family Foundation (Board Chair)
- Jeanne Esler – Esler Family Foundation
- Dina Gaudette – Gaudette Insurance Agency
- John Haffty – Navin, Haffty & Associates
- Robyn Kennedy – YWCA of Central Massachusetts
- Sheila King Goodwin – Fidelity Bank
- Manasseh Konadu – ākra LLC
- Emmanuel Larbi – ākra LLC
- Ladd Lavallee – Laddawn Inc.
- Stacy Luster – Worcester State University
- Helder Machado – Machado Consulting
- Bart McCracken – Immedia Event Productions
- Nick Smith – Rand Whitney
- Kelsey Stuart – Hanover Insurance
- Bob Sommers – City Wide of Boston
- Monica Thomas Bonnick – Webster 5 Bank
- Elaine Vescio – Worcester State University