Leadership Education Events

June 20, 2017 – David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer of MACNY

David Freund Chief Leadership Officer of MACNY (Manufacturer’s Association of CNY), is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach, and also  teaches courses in Leadership, supervision, and DiSC behavioral studies.  David also started Navigate Leadership to help people and organizations chart their path of growth.  

David has worked in various jobs in manufacturing, with the last 12 years as president of a precision machining facility.  He also serves on several nonprofit and for-profit boards. In 2015, David was inducted into The Manufacturer’s Association’s Wall of Fame.


April 14, 2016- Kimberly Townsend, President & CEO of Loretto

Loretto_KimKimberly Townsend is the President & CEO of Loretto. Before assuming the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Loretto, Kim was the Associate General Counsel and Senior Director of Government Affairs for Welch Allyn in Skaneateles. Loretto is a nonprofit that operates nursing homes and other programs for the elderly in Central New York.  They employ about 2,300 people with an annual budget of $125 million.

Kim has also served on the United Way of Central New York Board of Directors and has just been named Chair of the  Go Red for Women 2016 Campaign.  She embodies everything a leader is and this is an event young leaders won’t want to miss.

Past Events:

 May 13, 2015- Katie Doucette, MSW, Principal of The Leading Element

Katie DoucetteEven the most seasoned and established organizations, as well as leaders, executives and professionals, must continually confront change, challenges and opportunities.

As an executive coach, Katie Doucette establishes a supportive, structured partnership with clients and helps them to navigate — and excel in — their ever-evolving professional landscape.

Clients may use their coaching sessions to brainstorm, strategize, develop insights, assess strengths; examine obstacles; explore opportunities; create and implement action plans; or expand their leadership, management or communication skills. You can read more about Katie on their website at www.theleadingelement.com.

January 15, 2015- Pete Richichi, President and CEO of WYNIT

WynitPete Richichi has grown WYNIT sales organization into a world-class operation, serving reseller customers ranging from the largest national retailers and eTailers, to small, independent specialty stores. As president and chief operating officer, Richichi is responsible for the day to day operations of all corporate divisions, including providing leadership in Distribution, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, Product Management and Sales.


October 2, 2014- Drew James, President of SRCTec, Inc.

headshot-james-drewDrew James is president and member of SRCTec’s board of directors. James directs all activities, including developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives, as well as collaborating with SRC to grow the manufacturing and logistics business.

James has more than 25 years of experience in the development, production and support of complex tactical systems and sensors for the DoD. He previously served as vice president, operations for SRCTec. Prior to joining SRCTec, James held the position of program manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation. James serves on the Board of Directors for the MACNY and the United Way of Central New York. He is also a licensed Project Management Professional.