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Tri-State SHRM Conference
May 13-15: The Society for Human Resource Man- agement (SHRM) announced that the Tri-State SHRM Conference, the largest human-resources (HR) conference in New England, will take place
at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The confer- ence aims to unmask the changing face of HR by providing HR leaders with the necessary tools to stay ahead of the curve. The multi-day event will feature keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, interactive games, multiple business net- working opportunities, and an expo showcasing the latest HR technology and trends. The conference will cover a variety of topics, including “Building a FOMO Workplace Culture,” “SEAT of Success: How Top Performers Never Settle for Balcony Seats,” and “Beyond Productivity: the Unseen Risks of Employee Stress and Burnout in the Workplace.” There will be 24 sessions available in total, featuring more than 27 speakers. Register online at
Workers’ Compensation Seminar at Royal Law
May 14: Proposed changes in workers’ compensa- tion laws aim to hold employers to a higher stan- dard, as well as increase employers’ potential liabili- ty. At a seminar from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Royal Law Firm, these changes and recent legislation regarding workers’ compensation will be discussed in detail to ensure employers are aware of the con- sequences of not following new practices. Attorney Trevor Brice will discuss the recent changes and potential upheaval in the workers’ compensation world. The firm is located at 33 Elliot St., Springfield. The cost is $30 per person. Registration is required, and seating will be limited. Contact Heather Child at [email protected] to register or with any questions. Checks should be made payable to the Royal Law Firm.
Designer Showhouse at Cassilis Farm
June 1-30: Construct Inc., a nonprofit provider
of affordable housing and supportive services to residents in 15 towns across the Southern Berk- shires, announced its first Designer Showhouse fundraising exhibition. Slated for the entire month of June, the Designer Showhouse will highlight
the elegant, creative work of more than a dozen local and regional designers, as well as landscape architects and visual artists. Each exhibitor has been assigned a space at Cassilis Farm, an iconic, 27-acre, Gilded Age estate that Construct, along with the New Marlborough Housing Development Com- mittee, purchased at auction with the intention of renovating and converting it into 11 much-needed affordable-housing apartments. The Designer Showhouse pays homage to the theme “Nature
in the Berkshires” and displays the transformative, custom work of award-winning designers, whose areas of focus range from real-estate staging and interiors to styling and iconic textile design. Room themes range from a swan nursery inspired by
a local swan rescue area to a picnic-under-the- stars nod to Tanglewood to an equestrian-heavy library drawing inspiration from the estate’s former existence as a hackney horse-breeding farm. The Showhouse will be a timed, ticketed walk-through and will be open to visitors through five weekends in June. Timed tickets cost $40 per person and can
be purchased online only, at constructberkshires. org/construct-designer-showhouse.
Free Shred Days
June 8, 22: bankESB invites customers and mem- bers of the community to two free shred days at local offices. Events will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. (or until the truck is full) on the following dates and at locations: Saturday, June 8 at 770 Main St., Agawam; and Saturday, June 22 at 241 Northamp- ton St., Easthampton (two trucks at this event).
No appointment is necessary. Local residents can reduce their risk of identity theft by bringing old mail, receipts, statements or bills, canceled checks, pay stubs, medical records, or any other unwanted paper documents containing personal or confi- dential information and shredding them safely and securely for free. A professional document destruc- tion company will be on site in the bank’s parking lot and can accept up to two boxes of documents per person.
40 Under Forty Gala
June 20: BusinessWest will celebrate the 18th annual 40 Under Forty at the MassMutual Center in Springfield with fine food, music, networking, and the presentation of the class of 2024, profiled in the April 29 issue of BusinessWest and at business- The 40 Under Forty sponsors include presenting sponsor PeoplesBank and partner spon- sors the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, Live Nation, Mercedes-Benz of Spring- field, and Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health.
The event will also feature the announcement
of the 10th annual Alumni Achievement Award, presented by Health New England. Tickets cost $125 each. To reserve tickets, visit businesswest. com/40-under-forty/40underforty.
June 21-23: Registration is now open for Hoop- landia, the second annual 3x3 basketball tourna- ment and festival, at The three-day event includes levels of play for all ages and divisions. Hooplandia launched in 2023. Tak- ing place in the heart of Greater Springfield, the birthplace of basketball, the event is hosted by Eastern States Exposition (ESE) in West Springfield and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Most games will be played on the ESE grounds, with special games held at the Hall of Fame. Seventy-five basketball courts will be set up to accommodate more than 650 games played by approximately 2,100 participants of all ages. Divisions of play have been created to provide an all-inclusive environment for players of all ages and playing abilities. The diverse divisions include young girls, boys, women, men, high-school-level, college-level, OGs, veterans, and more. Players
are invited to build teams of four, create their own unique team name and uniforms, and register at Team fees range according to age, and children in the under-8 category are free of charge. Hooplandia will once again partner with Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the region as its designated philanthropic partner, providing $10 from every paid team registration to support the mission and programs of the clubs. Sponsor- ship opportunities are available. For inquiries, email [email protected].
July 11-14: Tickets are now on sale for Yidstock: the Festival of New Yiddish Music. Now in its 12th year, Yidstock brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Highlights this year will include the Klezmatics, Frank London, Eleanor Reissa, Judy Bressler, Daniel Kahn, and many more. Concert passes are available and include admission to all concerts and the two dance workshops. Individual tickets are also available for purchase for those who can only attend for part of the weekend. This year, livestream concert passes will allow friends from afar to experience Yidstock from the comfort of their homes. These passes only include access to the seven concerts; they do not include access to talks, workshops, or the film screening. Visit yiddish- for more information and to purchase tickets.
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there really is value in incorporating a lot of different perspectives in the work they do.”
Thoughtful Evolution
While focusing their work in a more connected way and dealing with, in many cases, greater levels of need, some the region’s most venerable nonprofits have expanded in other ways.
Square One, for instance, has grown its family childcare program, where children are cared for and learn in home settings instead of one of the organiza- tion’s centers.
“I predict, in the next 10 years, we’ll see an explo- sion of interest in family childcare,” DiStefano said. “Some people, post-COVID, found comfort working from home. It’s a great business opportunity; they can make money, and Square One can help coordinate these services, so we’re supporting businesses.”
At CET, Muspratt said the organization has launched a strategic plan to grow its impact by five times by 2030, because, she noted, that’s what the cli- mate needs, and there is plenty of money at the state and federal level to do the work, as well as private funders.
“More and more philanthropic donors want to support climate work, so that pace of growth is pos- sible,” she said. “This region has always had an envi- ronmental bent.”
The organization has grown by 20% each of the past two years, with a staff of 100 that could double if the 2030 goals are hit, she added. “We became a more remote organization during the pandemic, and that has helped us cast a wider net. It’s good to have been able to expand our pool of candidates outside the Western Mass. region, though the majority of our staff are still based in Massachusetts.”
Nonprofits also thrive off volunteers; the United Way’s Volunteer Connect program has been success- ful at, well, connecting area agencies that need help with people who have time and talent to offer. It’s just one more way, Moynihan said, that nonprofits are operating in tandem.
“Everyone is working hard and chasing the same dollars,” she added, “but if we do it together, do it as a community, the outcome is always better.” BW

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