Palisades Institute Forum Features Five Town Supervisors 

All five of Rockland’s Town Supervisors, George Hoehmann of Clarkstown, Howard Phillips of Haverstraw, Teresa Kenny of Orangetown, Michael Specht of Ramapo, and James Monaghan of Stony Point took part in a Palisades Institute forum.

Rockland County’s five Town Supervisors discussed a wide range of topics of interest to business leaders during a Palisades Institute forum.  The top town leaders discussed housing, transportation, taxes, the economy, recycling, and much more at the forum on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, in Rosary Hall. 

Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann used a discussion on sustainability to tout the fact that Clarkstown is the only municipality in the Lower Hudson Valley to have a large-scale solar field. In addition, he said more solar projects are in the works.  “When we finish up these couple of additional projects in the next year to a year and a half, we will be the first town in New York State to take ourselves off of the grid,” said Hoehmann. 

Other Town Supervisors who participated in the forum were Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips, Orangetown Town Supervisor Teresa Kenny, Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht, and Stony Point Town Supervisor James Monaghan.   

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican University, NY is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

County Executives Upbeat During Palisades Institute Forum.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rockland County Executive Ed Day (shown here during a 2018 forum) both took part in the 2021 County Executive Forum via Zoom.

After facing enormous leadership challenges over the past year because of COVID, regional leaders said they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel during the annual County Executive Forum on June 2, 2021.   The forum was held via Zoom and featured Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.  Both Neuhaus and Day were very upbeat with COVID cases down, vaccinations rising, the economy bouncing back, and a strong housing market.

Day said Rockland is looking beyond clinics to increase vaccinations, “The challenge now is to get ourselves out to communities to make sure that we get vaccinations to as many people as possible in whatever way is feasible.”

The County Executive Forum is a long-standing tradition of the Palisades Institute and has been held annually since 2005.

Palisades Institute Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Business

Tammy Jersey, President, TKJ Associates, was one of the panelists participating in the Palisades Institute forum on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Business and Its Implications for the Future.”

The Palisades Institute held a Zoom panel discussion on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Business and Its Implications for the Future” on March 10, 2021, as part of its continuing series on the pandemic’s wide-ranging effect on businesses.

Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Business Administration Division at Dominican College and co-moderator of the event, said that the pandemic is creating a so-called “shecession.”  “It’s hit women harder than previous recessions.  When you look at every previous recession — it’s impacted financial markets; it’s impacted the goods-producing sectors where men have historically held the majority of jobs,” he said. “This pandemic has impacted pretty much the service sector most severely and that’s a sector that’s over-represented by women, so they’ve been hit in a big way there.” Rudolph-Shabinsky added that women have also been forced out of the workforce or had to adjust their work because of caregiving responsibilities for children.

The panelists all agreed that companies and businesses have had to be flexible and responsive to operate successfully through the pandemic.  When it comes to lessons we’ve learned, Tammy Jersey, President, TKJ Associates said, “I think one of the most important things that companies have started to do, and need to continue doing, is be open to new ways of operating, which means being willing to be flexible, being willing to hear new ideas and experiment with them, and to remove responses that might have been there in the past, like ‘no,’ and ‘I can’t,’ and ‘but.’”

Other panelists included Susan Gerard, Director, Human Resources, SUEZ North America, and Kate Wysokowski, Regional & Community Affairs Manager, Orange & Rockland.

Hospital CEOs Discuss COVID Vaccine at Palisades Institute Forum

Montefiore Nyack Hospital CEO Dr. Mark Geller assured those participating in a Palisades Institute forum on COVID-19 that the rapid development of the vaccines should not be a concern.  He stressed that  research and development about coronaviruses and Messenger RNA have been going on for years.  What was speeded up, Dr. Geller explained, was production of a vaccine that was targeted to this particular virus.  Dr. Geller cautioned against waiting to get a vaccine or trying to get one vaccine over the other.  He said both vaccines are safe and effective.

“When and if a vaccine is available to you – take it.  Don’t ask which one it is – take it,” said Dr. Geller. “The sooner we get to 80% vaccination of the community, the sooner we will return to normalcy —  in the economy, in our personal lives — until we get to that place of what is called herd immunity,”

Bon Secours Charity Health System CEO Dr. Mary Leahy also participated in the January 14, 2021 Zoom forum.  “Masks work. Social distancing works.  We believe the vaccine works and if we are just patient and continue to do those things we will be in a far better place by the end of this year,” she said. ”But we all have to do this together.”  Both Dr. Geller and Dr. Leahy expect the availability of the vaccine to increase in the near future.

About 125 people participated in the Palisades Institute forum, “Defining the Future:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Rockland County’s Healthcare System.”

Forum Held on Doing Business in the Age of COVID-19

The four business leaders who shared advice at the forum “Defining the Future: The Shifting Business Landscape of the Lower Hudson Valley Region due to COVID-19” include Walter Goldman (top photo) Howard Hellman, Hal Roth, and Rob Mayer (left to right).

Four business leaders shared advice on how to survive and thrive during COVID-19 during a Palisades Institute Forum via Zoom on November 10, 2020.

Although businesses are dealing with health concerns and financial hardships, Walter Goldman of Goldkap Consulting Group in Suffern, NY, said there is a silver lining.  “From a business perspective, these are very exciting times,” he said.  “And I know when I say that, people are surprised by it, but the reality is that business entrepreneurs and business executives kind of thrive on disruption. They thrive on disruption.  They thrive on a changing marketing environment, which obviously there is.”

Goldman’s advice was to adapt to the new environment, innovate with bold initiatives and new services,  and look for efficiencies.  The others business leaders who took part in the discussion, “Defining the Future: The Shifting Business Landscape of the Lower Hudson Valley Region due to COVID-19”  included Howard Hellman of All Bright Electric in West Nyack, NY; Rob Mayer of Autopro in Spring Valley, NY; and Hal Roth of All Recycling, in Newburgh, NY.

NYC Planner Headlines Palisades Institute Forum

Carolyn Grossman Meagher, NYC Director of Regional Planning, spoke at the Palisades Institute Zoom forum on October 6, 2020.

The Palisades Institute tackled the issue of regional planning at its latest Zoom forum on October 6, 2020.  Carolyn Grossman Meagher, NYC Director of Regional Planning, presented “One Region: Building a Stronger and Fairer Future” to local business leaders.  Meagher discussed the OneNYC campaign that encourages the city to reach out to its neighbors so that the whole region can thrive.

During the forum, Meagher stressed that local decisions in communities, businesses, and organizations really matter and affect the entire region.  “I think of the phrase, ‘think regionally, act locally,’” she said. “So much of what we  think about are how these systems play out, and how we protect our immigrant worker population, and how we train them for new jobs, how we attract new populations, and retain them and think about where they may live. All of this comes down to the very local granular decisions that are made in each municipality.”

Those local decisions include zoning, investments, and workforce development.  Planning is difficult, she admitted, with so much uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.

Also speaking at the forum were:  John O’Connor, Technology Infrastructure Operations Manager, Bloomberg, Orangeburg, NY; Greg Stanton, VP, IRG Realty Advisors & GM, NY Center for Innovation, Pearl River, NY; Jeremy Schulman, Director, Rockland County Economic Development & Tourism; and Chris D’Ambrese, Executive Director, Adult Education, Rockland BOCES.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

County Leaders Discuss Renewed Interest In Suburbs During Annual Forum

Rockland County Executive Ed Day at home participating in the County Executive Forum via Zoom.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day participated in the annual County Executive Forum via Zoom. He was joined by Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus.

About 200 business leaders and local residents participated in the Annual County Executive Forum on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to hear the latest information from the County Executives from Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties.  The event, which was sponsored by the Palisades Institute, took place via Zoom.

The county leaders spoke about reopening businesses following the COVID-19 outbreak and the financial challenges  faced by local governments. However, all three leaders said that there is a silver lining to the tumultuous times — a renewed interest in moving to the suburbs.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “People want to be where there is less dense, intense population.  They want to be in places with a little more elbow room and they believe that will help them stay real healthy.”

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said with crisis comes opportunity, “We are hearing anecdotally that housing sales are a very hot market right now.”  Orange County Steven Neuhaus  agreed and said that there is also a boom in the real estate market in his county.

In addition, the County Executives predicted telecommuting will become more widespread in the future since many people have been working from home during stay-at-home restrictions, while continuing to be productive

The County Executive Forum is a long tradition of the Palisades Institute and has been held annually since 2005. The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to assist leaders to advance their organizations by providing them with professional development and information to integrate the concepts of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics to achieve long-term success. In serving the business, not-for-profit and government community, the Palisades Institute of Dominican College also aims to serve Dominican College students by fostering their participation in these educational opportunities.

Business Leaders Discuss the Internet of Things

Tom Gilley, Chief Technology Officer at Convergia Communications, was the guest speaker at the Palisades Institute forum “Defining the Future: The Internet of Things.”

Business leaders had plenty of comments and questions about how internet-connected devices are rapidly changing the world we live in at the Palisades Institute forum, “Defining the Future:  the Internet of Things.”   Tom Gilley, Chief Technology Officer at Convergia Communications, was the guest speaker at the December 11, 2019 forum in Rosary Hall.  Gilley said connected products increase effectiveness and optimize revenue.

“Any time you are changing a part of your infrastructure, whether it is in your home, a small company, or a large company, you should think about what your connected product strategy is,” said Gilley.

Gilley suggests businesses that are changing lighting, HVAC, and business systems consider connected products.  While connected products have many benefits, Gilley said there are concerns about security and privacy.

At the beginning of 2019, there were about 7 billion internet-connected devices.  That number is expected to explode to 21 billion by 2025.

 

Business Forum Addresses Trends Defining the Future

Senior Vice Presidents at Capital Group Kathy Nalywajko and Greg Singer spoke to business leaders at a forum entitled, “Defining the Future: Trends Transforming the Way We Live.”

The world is quickly changing and business leaders heard about trends that are transforming the way we live during a Palisades Institute forum on October 3, 2019 in Rosary Hall.

Greg Singer, VP and Investment Director at Capital Group, said three major trends are the growth of cloud computing, advances in medical research, and the increase in global air travel.  “Everyone is very worried about volatility in the markets right now and the risk of an upcoming recession.  We see volatility likely to stay and a recession likely to happen in the next couple of years,” he said.  “But at the same time, there are multi-decade trends going on and companies that are going to get through the recession to the other side and that can create attractive investments. “

Singer advises business owners to make sure their businesses can get through the stress of a recession, noting that companies with volatility and debt are particularly at risk.  Singer was joined on the panel by Kathy Nalywajko, VP at Capital Group.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

College Hosts Multigenerational Workforce Forum

Nicole Leon of Con Edison (left) and Maureen Mack of Mercer Consulting Services were panelists at the Multigenerational Workplace Forum

Local business leaders learned about Harnessing the Power of a Multigenerational Workforce at a Palisades Institute Forum held on January 17, 2019 in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall.

The panelists discussed how employees from different generations have different expectations and priorities. Panelist Maureen Mack, a Partner with Mercer Consulting Services, said she hoped those attending the forum walked away with a better understanding of workers in different generations.  “There’s no right or wrong way to approach anything,” she said. “We all bring our own perspective and can work together.”

Panelist Nicole Leon, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Con-Edison, Inc. said businesses need to tap into workers’ talents and strengths and help them develop their weaker skills.  “We have regular training programs that help people with presentation skills, communications skills, leadership, managing, and time management,” she said.  “At the same time, I think it’s imperative that businesses not only work internally with their employees, but also mentor.”

The panelists stressed that there are many different work cultures and employees should be open to new ideas and improving the way things are done.