Roundtable Forums - Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Roundtable Forums

The Chamber’s roundtable initiatives provide our members with opportunities to share the issues you face as you operate your business, to seek support from each other, and to learn about programs and benefits to assist you. Your input helps to shape the Chamber’s public policy agenda as well as determining the stances that we take on specific policy initiatives resulting in a direct impact on your business.

Diverse Professionals Roundtable

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MISSION STATEMENT   |   The Diverse Professionals Roundtable (DPR) is a professional program of the Chamber, committed to the development of professional and personal relationships among senior leaders of racial and ethnic diversity in Central Massachusetts. The program is a resource for the vibrant business, educational, and civic communities of the region on diversity-related issues critical to building inclusive organizations and peaceful communities. DPR has a separate membership from the broader Chamber membership. If you are interested in joining for 2022, please fill out this application form and return along with your annual dues to: Tamara Berry.

Through roundtable discussions and planned events targeted to advancing diversity and encouraging underrepresented emerging professionals, DPR members grow and expand their influence and make a positive impact on the Worcester community.

Diverse Business Directory, City of Worcester

DPR Executive Committee

Co-Chair: Eurayshia Williams Reed, Shi-Shi’s Lounge & Chamber’s Board of Directors
Co-Chair: Michelle Memnon, UMass Memorial Health
Membership: Kola Akindele, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Secretary: Open position
DPR Liaison: Tamara Berry, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce


2021 DPR Events

DPR Business Meeting

Thursday, February 25  |  5:30 – 6 pm
Exclusive to DPR members only.

CEO Breakfast

Tuesday, May 20  |  8  – 9 am
Open to DPR members and invited guests.

Annual Networking, Awards, & Recognition Event

Thursday, September 16  | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
LOCATION: The Hanover Insurance Group
Open to the public.

Free for members; $25 for non-members

Welcome to the City form;

Award eligibility and criteria FAQs;

BIPOC Business and/or Community Leader Award;

BIPOC Business and/or Community Emerging Leader Award

Educational Event, with keynote speaker: Dr. Brian K. Gibbs, UMass Memorial Health, VP & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Thursday, November 18  | 8 am – 10 am
LOCATION: AC Marriott Hotel
Free for members; $25 for DPR non-members/Chamber Members; $40 non-DPR member/non-chamber members

Cocktail Connections

(All open to the public)

Thursday, February 25
Virtual  |  6 – 7 pm

Thursday, April 22
Virtual  |  6 – 7 pm

Thursday, June 24
Virtual  |  6 – 7 pm

Health Care Roundtable

Whether it’s at the caring hands of a provider, selecting insurance coverage, or weaving our way through myriad choices, we all experience our health care system. And it’s changing at lightening fast speed. This roundtable takes a comprehensive view of the industry to help the business and provider communities understand how we can work together to reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Comprised of providers, insurance professionals, and public and private partners, they work to understand the challenges and needs of the health care sector and to keep members appraised of important changes and ways to control health care spending.

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Human Resources Roundtable

The Human Resources Roundtable meets quarterly to bring together HR professionals from small-large businesses to discuss best practices in talent recruitment and retention; employment law updates; compliance training; and other hot topics and pressing issues for employers.

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Manufacturing Roundtable

The Manufacturing Roundtable established a legislative agenda targeting programs impacting the industry. Through the Chamber’s advocacy we secured $440.6M in funding for the following:

• Regional Economic Development Organization Grants – $650,000
• Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership – $2M
• Workforce Training Fund Grants – $22.2M
• The Innovation Institute – $2M
• Precision Manufacturing Workforce Development Fund – $1.25M
• Massachusetts Life Sciences Center – $12.5M

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Construction & Real Estate Roundtable

Worcester is experiencing unprecedented growth in construction and development. We’re affordable, we’re accessible and we have investors who know it. To capitalize on this momentum, the Chamber has convened this group to establish a legislative agenda and create a climate where development is embraced and barriers impacting it are minimized.

Comprised of construction companies, architects, tradespeople, commercial lenders, and developers in both the public and private sectors, the Chamber’s Construction Roundtable works to understand the challenges and needs of this industry sector – from workforce, to legislative, to regulatory.

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Financial Services Roundtable

 The Financial Services Roundtable forum is an opportunity for bankers, accountants, mortgage companies, others in the industry and invited guests to: 

• Exchange ideas and share updates and best practices in the industry
• Set a legislative agenda
• Participate in an open discussion about the issues that impact the financial services industry
• Discuss workforce needs
• Learn about new initiatives and programs that support the region’s financial services sector
• Network with other industry professionals 

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The Chamber’s roundtable forums are opportunities for area professionals in a variety of industry sectors and invited guests to:

Manufacturing Roundtable meeting at Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Manufacturing Roundtable meeting at Saint-Gobain Abrasives

· Exchange ideas and share updates and best practices in the industry
· Set a legislative agenda
· Participate in an open discussion about the issues that impact specific industries
· Discuss workforce needs
· Learn about new initiatives and programs that support the region’s different sectors
· Network with other industry professionals

To become involved in a roundtable, please contact the Chamber at 508.753.2924 or