October 02, 2017
Boston PIC 2017 Annual Meeting
We were honored to gather with our cross-sector partners at the PIC's 38th Annual Meeting to celebrate the impact we made together this year. In addition to reflecting on the year's highlights and presenting our 2017 Annual Report, we also looked ahead to the next steps we must take to further the agenda of workforce development in Boston.
PIC Board Chair and First VP and COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Ken Montgomery presented major updates from the PIC this year. Highlights included chartering Boston's career centers and introducing access points, connecting more than 2,800 high school students with jobs and internships, and launching TechHire Boston to address hiring and diversity in the IT/tech sector. Superintendent Tommy Chang discussed his vision and strategy to more closely link the classroom to the workplace for Boston Public Schools students.
Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta discussed the race-ethnic disparities in employment and called on community organizations and employers to collaborate to close these gaps. Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke about his administration's commitment to summer jobs for young people, as well as the critical role that alternative education and re-engagement initiatives play in ensuring that all young people in Boston have a chance to complete their education and find success.
As always, a highlight of the event was the announcement of our 2017 PIC Achievers, individuals who embody the PIC mission and make our work possible. This year's PIC Achievers included students who found success through the PIC and its partners, school administrators who always go the extra mile for their students, and employer partners who offer a chance to those individuals who might otherwise be overlooked.
Aman Advani: CEO, Ministry of Supply
Nora Blake: Sodexo District Manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Preston Wigasi Brant: Recruiter, Delta Airlines Global Services & Svetla Georgieva: Business Account Representative, Boston Career Link
Genesis Carmona: Student, Bunker Hill Community College
Carolyn De Jesús Martínez: Student, Boston International Newcomers Academy, Andrew Flye: Computer Science Teacher, Boston International Newcomers Academy & Anne Schwieger: Broadband & Digital Equity Advocate, City of Boston
Michael Dunn: CFA Society of Boston & Abdukadir Ibrahim: Student, Boston International Newcomers Academy & Intern, State Street Global Advisors
Nusirat Hassan: Student Life Manager, Community Academy of Science and Health
Brenda Hector Williams: Assignment Transfer Specialist, Boston Public Schools
Shadé Johnson: Graduate of Charlestown High School & CNA, Massachusetts General Hospital
Khang Ngo: Graduate, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology & Technician, Quirk Volkswagen
Dante Omorogbe: Student, EDCO Youth Alternative
Kathleen O'Neill: Director of the Single Stop Program, Bunker Hill Community College
Naicka Pierre: Student, TechBoston Academy & Intern, Faulkner Hospital
Maximo Pimentel: Success Boston Student, Bunker Hill Community College
Tyler Thomas: Intern, Related Beal & Success Boston Student, Bunker Hill Community College
Ann Har-Yee Wong: Program Coordinator, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development