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Registration for 2017 Workforce Summit Now Open!

Speakers to include Chobani Founder & CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, OPWDD’s Acting Commissioner Delaney &
noted workforce experts

EDMESTON, NEW YORK, September 16, 2017 …The Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village, working with business leaders, and educational and non-profit partners, will host the 2017 Workforce Summit on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Pathfinder Village.  The Workforce Summit will frame the current work environment in healthcare and human services, and will feature Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chobani, Inc., as the Luncheon Keynote Speaker.

Online registration details for this groundbreaking summit are available through a link at Pathfinder Village’s website; the $45 registration fee includes all materials, refreshments, and a buffet lunch.  More information is available by contacting Pathfinder Village at (607) 965-8377, ext. 156.

Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will serve as the Morning Focus Speaker.  Other presenters include workforce experts Drs. Amy Hewitt and Barbara Kleist, of the University of Minnesota; John Raffaele of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals; and non-profit leaders including Douglas Bauer from The Scriven Foundation and Melinda Mack from the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals.

"The Summit will showcase exemplary programs from throughout the U.S. that are addressing the issue of under-employment by developing viable career paths for youth and unemployed workers. It will also present innovative technologies that support people living with disabilities," said Helen Stepowany, the senior director of the Kennedy Willis Center. "The Summit will cover policy development, action strategies and networking for business and community leaders, educators and health and human service agencies."

About Pathfinder Village: Pathfinder Village is an internationally respected open-access community in upstate New York, and was founded in 1980 to provide people living with Down syndrome and related disabilities an independent, engaging, and fulfilling lifestyle. As it works to provide quality supports for older individuals living with intellectual disabilities, the Village also offers highly successful educational and pre-vocational programs, including its post-secondary program, Otsego Academy, and its community-based day services option for regional residents.

To learn more about Pathfinder Village, please call (607) 965-8377, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the website at, or visit our fan page on the popular social networking site, Facebook.

Hamdi Ulukaya,
Founder & CEO of

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Dr. Amy Hewitt
University of Minnesota

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Dr. Barbara Kleist
University of Minnesota

Douglas Bauer
The Scriven Foundation

At The Heart of the Matter:  Direct Support Professionals cultivate close relationships each day withpeople who benefit from individualized supports and services.  Here, Residential Team Leader Diana Cadwell, Mark Stafford, Barbara Chohen and Margaret Beasley enjoy a leisurely walk around the Pathfinder community.

“Pathfinder Village helps people find their
way in life to independence, success, and
maturity — all the things you want for your family.”
Marian Mullet | Founder of Pathfinder Village