2020 Bringing PA Back: Business Readiness Webinar Series

2020 Bringing PA Back: Business Readiness Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Friday, May 29, 2020

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A FREE, 5-part webinar series to give guidance for getting your organization open for business!

As Pennsylvania begins a phased re-opening plan for the state, businesses are doing all they can to prepare for a safe work environment, ensure the safety of their employees and determine how to operate in this new business landscape.

As part of our mission and our Bringing PA Back initiative, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is committed to helping businesses come back stronger than ever.

We are working with top experts to bring this essential training to companies across the Commonwealth. This 5-part webinar series will assist your company in navigating important regulations to guide you through a safe re-opening and help answer some of your critical questions as we move to this next phase.

Upon completion, your organization will receive a Course Completion Certificate which demonstrates that your company has attended all five parts and has put forth a "good faith" effort to educate yourself on those topics of importance to help their business.


Tuesday, May 26

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Part I: Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening - Dennis Davin, Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development; Neil Weaver, Executive Deputy Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development; Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Office of Energy

Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf. In this position, Secretary Davin leads the commonwealth’s efforts to support business growth, strengthen the workforce, and revitalize communities across Pennsylvania. He oversees DCED’s $1.6 billion investment in community and economic development projects since 2015, serving nearly 13 million Pennsylvanians.

Neil Weaver has more than a decade of experience in non-profit and government management, operations, and communications. During his career, Neil has served in executive management at both the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection. In his current role as Executive Deputy Secretary at DCED, Neil functions as the Chief Operating Officer for the agency that is responsible for spurring economic growth, community revitalization, and job creation throughout the state by providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.

Denise Brinley coordinates energy-related matters between state agencies and serves as the first point of contact for federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the energy sector. Prior to this role, Denise was a Senior Energy Advisor at DCED— focusing on Pennsylvania’s energy advantages by working with economic development partners to retain and grow our energy industry and by attracting potential investors to the commonwealth. Her work involved expanding the use and delivery of natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. She also cultivated a strong business climate for alternative energy deployment; supported the growth of in-state development, manufacturing and assembly of advanced energy technologies; and worked with other state agencies to ensure sound energy-related infrastructure.

The speakers will discuss:

  • How determinations are made
  • Latest guidelines from the state and CDC
  • Explanation of Red, Yellow and Green guidelines and differences between the three
  • Restrictions for work and social settings

(15 minute break)

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Part II: Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE – Joe Tibbs, President, HAPevolve; Margaret M. Miller BS, MT(ASCP)M, CIC, FAPIC, Project Manager, Quality Initiatives, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Joe Tibbs is the President of HAPevolve (the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania) where he is responsible for the definition, execution, and strategy of this new healthcare venture. HAP has been the leading advocate for Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems and their patients for over 97 years. In light of an increasingly changing health care landscape, HAP launched HAPevolve, a wholly-owned subsidiary, to leverage its strengths and develop innovative solutions that help its members meet their operational, clinical, and financial goals. Prior to joining HAP, Joe was the Vice President of Sales Operations for Intalere. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Utah.

Maggie Miler joined The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) in October 2016 as a project manager for Quality Initiatives and works with over fifty Pennsylvania acute care hospitals to reduce post-operative sepsis, sepsis mortality and sepsis readmissions. Prior to joining HAP, Maggie worked in laboratory medicine earning an advanced microbiology technologist certification (M), briefly in clinical documentation to ensure appropriate diagnosis reimbursement, and as an infection preventionist for over 25 years. Maggie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Bloomsburg University and began Master’s studies at Marywood University. She is an active member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a recent board member of APIC Chapter 043 East Central PA, has maintained certification in infection prevention (CIC) since 1996, and was designated by APIC as a fellow in infection prevention (FAPIC) since 2016. Maggie is co-author of an article published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and has had poster and oral presentations at state and national conferences. She was one of a five member core team that worked to attain Ebola treatment center status for a Pennsylvania hospital.

Joe and Maggie will cover the essentials of preparing a safe workplace environment including:

  • Best cleaning practices from CDC and EPA
  • PPE for employees and customers
  • Establishing best practices and protocols

Wednesday, May 27

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Part III: HR Guidelines – Brian Orsinger, COO, PA Chamber Insurance and Dee Yingst, Chief HR and Compliance Officer, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Brian Orsinger serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance (PCI). As a member of the PA Chamber’s Executive Team, Orsinger is responsible for PCI’s sales growth and client retention efforts, strategic resource development, and continuously evolving PCI’s unique value proposition—empowering a healthy, productive, and secure workforce across the Commonwealth—in support of the PA Chamber’s mission.

Dee Yingst serves as the Chief HR & Compliance Officer for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, as well as Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance’s Human Resources Consultant. As the Chief HR & Compliance Officer, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the PA Chamber’s internal human resources function, helping achieve the organization’s goals by overseeing the development and implementation of policies, programs and services such as active recruitment, employee relations, the full scope of employee benefits, and safety initiatives.

Brian and Dee will review:

  • Addressing employee concerns with returning to work
  • Compliance concerns regarding safely reopening
  • Creative scheduling and work environment flexibility to preserve social distancing
  • Travel policies
  • Development of company check-list for daily cleaning measures and sanitation
  • Healthcare questions and guidance

Thursday, May 28

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Part IV: Litigation and Liability Issues – Christian Antkowiak, Esq., Shareholder; Erin McLaughlin, Shareholder – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Christian Antkowiak is nationally sought after for his experience in aggressively defending multi-state class and collective actions. In addition to representing Fortune 200 clients with sophisticated in-house legal teams, Christian also serves small and medium-sized businesses throughout the country as their de facto general counsel. He was recently selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America – a peer reviewed publication that recognizes only 5 percent of lawyers in private practice in the United States for their professional excellence.

A member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, Erin J. McLaughlin handles complex employment matters and provides strategic, day-to-day guidance to employers on their personnel matters. Erin defends clients against employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, breach of contract and wage and hour claims. She has also represented clients in investigations and litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Erin further protects her clients’ business by prosecuting trade secret and restrictive covenant cases. With significant litigation and trial experience, Erin has represented clients before United States federal courts nationwide and state courts throughout the country.

The attorneys will review litigation and liability issues companies could face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic including:

  • Potential legal issues employers could face (UC, coming back to work, ADA)
  • Best guidance to protect your business from issues arising from public concern/complaint/questions about compliancy

Friday, May 29

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Part V: Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business – Jeff Vrabel, Partner, Baker Tilly; Erich Bergen, Director, Baker Tilly; Gary Plaster, Principal, Baker Tilly

Jeff Vrabel has been a partner within the manufacturing and distribution group of Baker Tilly since January 2005. With more than 38 years of experience in public accounting, Jeff specializes in working with private and public, middle market, entrepreneurial and high growth companies ranging in size from early stage development to multinational organizations. He works with clients in the manufacturing, technology, distribution, industrial products, consumer products, real estate, agribusiness, food & beverage, business services and other industries. In addition, he identifies and coordinates firm resources in helping clients accomplish strategic goals and objectives and delivers value protection and value enhancement solutions to clients. He has extensive experience in the areas of private equity and venture capital backed companies and mergers and acquisitions. Jeff is also a leader in Baker Tilly’s Greater Pennsylvania manufacturing and distribution industry team. He holds his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Penn State University.

Gary Plaster, principal with Baker Tilly, leads the delivery of the firm’s advisory services for the manufacturing and distribution industry. He is a nationally recognized thought leader in the area of growth strategy with more than two decades of experience working alongside C-suite executives to improve their businesses.

Erich Bergen, manufacturing advisory services director, has 20 years of management and technology consulting experience across a wide range of industries, specializing in corporate strategy, customer experience, shared services, portfolio and program level management. As a business and technology leader, he works side by side with executives to solve enterprise transformation related programs.

Our speakers will review a framework for a path to recovery and assessment process for your business, including:

  • Business model rationalization and growth
  • Financial resilience
  • Customer demand planning and generation
  • Supply chain and operations stabilization
  • Employee health, safety and retention
  • Information technology and cybersecurity
  • Strategic scenario planning