The DLE announces our third Open Forum!
Mark your calendar for Monday, Sept. 23rd to attend The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works. Registration: 5:30 pm/ Open Forum: 6:00-7:45 pm at The Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA.
This is an informative, interactive evening with top elected, appointed and selected leaders about Pittsfield government’s structure and operations. Learn and get involved locally!
Presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town Capital. More details about registration are coming soon.
DLE community members are invited to Young Professionals Night at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA on Saturday, July 20.
The evening of dance begins at 5:30 pm with a free performance on the Inside/Out stage, featuring artists from the Contemporary Program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow.
“These are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from leading dance companies and training centers around the world. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, and Didy Veldman—three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create new work with the ensemble of dancers,” explains Aki Blackshear, Marketing Assistant at Jacob’s Pillow and the DLE liaison for Young Professionals Night.
Click here for details about the July 20th performances.
To reserve your seat, contact Aki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.243.9919 x133.
The DLE’s second Open Forum—Local Politics Distilled—was simply off-the-charts successful!
All 9 guest political leaders and more than 70 attendees had their say!
As photos show, the enthusiastic buzz of face-to-face conversation was made possible by a disciplined event plan guided by 9 DLE community members who stepped up as panel moderators and breakout facilitators. As one attendee proclaimed, “The energy in the room was electric.”
Generously giving their time, access and expertise were nine active and former political leaders in the Berkshires (pictured from right to left): State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, North Adams City Councilor Ben Lamb, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, Former Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler, Great Barrington Select Board Member Kate Burke, Pittsfield City Council President Pete Marchetti, Chair of Lee School Committee Andrea Wadsworth, Former State Rep. Candidate Stephanie Bosley, and State Sen. Adam Hinds.
Through a combination of large-group panel and small break-outs—all moderated by DLE young professionals, guest leaders answered questions, gave advice and shared laughs with attendees. DLE community members stepping up to take the helm in facilitating the panel and breakouts included (from left to right in photo) Nicole Mancivalano, Alison Brigham, Brandon Williams, Josh Weatherwax, Anthony Pultorak, Patrick Gordon, Kevin Pink, Auric Enchill, Linda Dulye and Andrea Lein. Not pictured is Abby Powers, who was managing the registration table.
The event marked a momentous first! This was the first DLE program presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, a region-wide economic development organization, and sponsor Lee Bank. Noted DLE Founder Linda Dulye, “Collaboration to create and deliver premiere professional development programs for the Berkshires’ professional community—especially for the under 40 professional community—is core to the region’s economic revitalization.”
Chimed in Wendy Healey, Lee Bank’s Senior Vice President of Community Banking, “Lee Bank was very pleased with its sponsorship of the DLE Open Forum. We received significant exposure at the event, and were thrilled to be associated with the DLE, 1 Berkshire, and Hotel on North to make it possible. Unique partnerships like this are very much the way Lee Bank likes to get our name out and we were delighted with how everything worked out,” North Adams (MA) City Councilor Ben Lamb exclaimed, “It was a real pleasure to have been invited to speak and engage at the Local Politics Distilled Forum. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated fully and authentically.”
More accolades were sounded in feedback to the post-event poll including:
“The program was phenomenal especially being a young professional. In the short time talking to panel members it showed me how important it is to be informed especially at the local level and how important involvement is even if that is just voting.”
“The speakers were awesome, and the round-table discussions were so informative. Such a successful evening!”
“The overall enthusiasm in the room was intoxicating!”
“Very informative. It’s nice to know that we have good people out there fighting for us…I’m not a big political follower, but I really enjoyed this forum. Interactions were great.”
Feedback from the Local Politics Distilled Poll will ignite plans for future DLE programming.
The DLE in partnership with 1Berkshire is presenting an Open Forum: LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED on Monday, June 10 starting at 5:30 pm at the Hotel on North.
A diverse group of active and former political leaders from Berkshire County will share personal experiences, offer advice and answer questions in an interactive program that engages area young professionals to get informed, involved and talking about local politics.
Guest leaders participating include:
• State Senator Adam Hinds
• State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
• Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
• North Adams City Councilor Ben Lamb
• Former Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler
• Former State Representative Candidate Stephanie Bosley
• Chair of Lee School Committee and former Lee Select Board Candidate Andrea Wadsworth
• Pittsfield City Council President Pete Marchetti
• Great Barrington Select Board Member Kate Burke
Registration and networking begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the Open Forum discussion from 6:00-7:45 pm. Advance registration at $10 is required by May 31, and can be completed at http://bit.ly/LocalPoliticsDistilled.
Seating is on a first-reserved/first-served basis.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar is available.
The Local Politics Distilled Forum is the first partnership between the Dulye Leadership Experience and 1Berkshire. The event is generously sponsored by Lee Bank.
For more information Abby Powers, 1Berkshire Member Services Coordinator and DLE alum, at (413) 499-1600 x126 email@example.com
Interest in this topic and our exceptional panel is keen, so don’t delay!
With the goal of providing ongoing, exceptional learning and networking opportunities—to supplement the annual Gen Now Retreat, the Dulye Leadership Experience Open Forum debuted March 26th with the program Nonprofits Want You.
Guest speaker Liana Toscanini, the founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, told DLE alumni and Berkshire-based professionals that their unique skills, perspectives and ideas are exactly what nonprofit organizations want from volunteers and board members.
Nearly 70% of the overflow audience gave their feedback to a poll evaluating the debut session—and the results were outstanding. “This session was wonderful,” commented one attendee. “It allowed room for thought and conversation and never felt rushed. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, and Liana shared some exciting, actionable intelligence about serving on non-profit boards.”
Forum-goers found the session highly valuable as:
A podcast of Liana’s presentation, Nonprofits Want You, is available here.
Non-profit organizations really do want young professionals’ involvement—as a volunteer and on boards.
Find out how to step up your community engagement in a lively and informative conversation with Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. The DLE Open Forum: Nonprofits Want You! is set for Tuesday, March 26 starting at 6 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield (MA).
Liana has over 20 years of varied volunteer experience in the Berkshires of Western MA. She served for nine years as Community Access to the Arts Development & Marketing Director. Her corporate marketing background has proven as useful in the Berkshires as it did during her prior career in New York City. She currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
Attend and learn about:
• the Berkshire nonprofit sector
• the skills most sought by nonprofit groups
• the role of a nonprofit board
• expectations to board members and volunteers
• how you can make a difference.
This event is open to DLE alumni and their friends and colleagues. Seating is limited to 30. This is a very popular topic so don’t wait to save your seat. RSVP to Abby Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 281-8606.
Your cost to attend is based on what you eat and drink.