Mayor Kathy Sheehan – City of Albany

Brian Cody – 107.7 WGNA

Heather Kovar – CBS 6 

Ric Orlando – New World Cooking 

Skills-Based Volunteering – 12:30pm

A Discussion about the HUGE impact of professionals who serve. 

Serve Albany has identified one of the biggest needs of non-profits is for volunteers who can utilize their professional expertise in publicity, design, business strategy, finance, and other specialized skills. We will be facilitating a panel discussion about the impact these volunteers have on nonprofits as well as the benefits to the professionals themselves.

Presented by The United Way and The Times Union 

Gary H. Striar – Regional Chief Executive Officer – American Red Cross

Carolyn Grosvenor, MD, MPH – Albany VA Medical Center and University at Albany

Charmaine Ushkow – Director of Community Engagement – Times Union

Kathy Lanni  – Chief Community Officer – SEFCU

Why is Volunteering so White: A Discussion about Race and Volunteering – 2:00pm

Albany is 45% People of Color, 30% African American, yet many of the volunteers roles are filled with white people. Join us for an important conversation on the importance of adding diversity to serving our city.

Presented by Citizens Action

Superintendent Adams – Albany Schools

Paul Collins – Hacket (Batman) – Pulse

Debra Fagans – Wizard’s Waredrobe


Clyanna Lightbourn – Citizens Action

Jessica Wayde Coles – Power Breakfast 

Alfredo Medina, Jr. – UAlbany 

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