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Building a New Talent Pipeline: Getting Talent Back to Work

  • 20 Jun 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich, RI 02818


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Building a New Talent Pipeline:

Getting Talent Back to Work

June 20, 2019

7:30-8AM Registration & Networking; 8AM-10AM Program

One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich, RI 02818

As the nation reaches nearly full employment with unemployment below 4 percent, and the GDP losing an estimated $78 billion to $87 billion annually, businesses are struggling to fill positions in a job market where there are more jobs than applicants. As a result, many business leaders and human resources professionals need to consider previously overlooked populations for the first time as a source for workers.

Now more than ever there is a developing need for employers to learn about an untapped labor pool of almost 75 million people, who equate to nearly one-third of adults in the United States – individuals with criminal records. Gainful employment is a significant factor in reducing recidivism rates. When these individuals are considered for employment based on their talent and skills, the benefits for the business — and society — are far-reaching.

This program will provide participants with the unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about the benefits to employers who hire from this pool, including tax incentives.
  • Learn about the business protections that can be put in place to ensure the viability of the program while aligning with the business’ interest and needs.
  • Gain valuable insight from the perspective of a local employer that has hired from this often-overlooked pipeline with success.
  • Hear first-hand success stories from employees who were given a chance to work hard for employers who tapped into this pipeline.
  • Become informed about the education and programming that the Department of Corrections provides this population to prepare them for the workforce.
  • Find out more about how to access existing programs in our community that serve as a source for this pool of talent.
  • Learn about resources available for business through the national Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in their “Getting Talent Back to Work” toolkit.

Led by our moderator Laura Pisaturo,Esq. Chairperson - Rhode Island Parole Board, our esteemed panel comprised of relevant stakeholders in this space will allow for a candid discussion.

An attorney and advocate, Laura Pisaturo (LRI `18) is a former prosecutor and deputy chief of the criminal division for the Rhode Island Attorney General. She has served under three Attorney General and also served for five years as the director of the Rhode Island Children's Advocacy Center. With other stints in private practice as well as a commercial litigator, Ms. Pisaturo now chairs the Rhode Island Parole Board. Appointed by Governor Chafee in 2014 and reappointed by Governor Raimondo, Laura is committed to the mission of the Parole Board to enhance public safety, contribute to the prudent use of public resources and consider the safe and successful re-entry of offenders through discretionary parole. She is a proud member of the 2018 Xi II class of Leadership Rhode Island and has been recognized with many community and professional awards including RI Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year and the YMCA's Woman of Achievement Award.

Meet the Panelists

Jayne M. DelSesto, MBA

Acting Interdepartmental Project Manager at the RI Department of Corrections

Jeffrey J. Fox, CPCU, ARM

National Human & Social Services Practice Leader at USI Insurance Services

Eileen Hayes, LICSW

President and CEO of Amos House

Robert D. Kalaskowski, MBA

Chief of Policy and Planning - Governor's Workforce Board at the RI Department of Labor and Training

Brent Mancuso

Co-Founder/President at Office Recycling Solutions

This event is presented in partnership by RI SHRM and the Leadership RI Omicron II Crime & Criminal Justice Team. Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) has been a recognized leader among organizations of its type from the beginning in 1981. LRI develops more effective leadership by showcasing Rhode Island's strengths, examining its problems, convening community and statewide events, and inspiring everyone to engage in solutions.


We are grateful to NEIT for providing us meeting room space. Please, do not park in any spots marked for Admissions.

This event is free for both RI SHRM Members and Non-Member Guests. 

This event will be submitted for 2 re-certification credits for HRCI and SHRM.

RI Society for Human Resource Management
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