Booker to speak at ‘Leading Where We Live’ webinar by Middlesex County

Event will be first of 3 that will comprise county’s annual Business Summit

File photo U.S. senator Cory Boooker helped create the Opportunity Zones program.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will appear as a guest speaker at the opening event of the annual Middlesex County Business Summit, county officials announced this week.

This event, with a theme of “Leading Where We Live,” will explore the power of generosity, and highlight those businesses that are digging deep to help their colleagues despite also being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booker (D-N.J.) will speak at 9 a.m. June 29, the first installment of what will be a three-part series. The event, a webinar on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Register here.

Middlesex County Commissioner Chanelle Scott McCulum also will appear as a guest speaker.

The event will be moderated by Sandy Castor, director of the Middlesex County Office of Business Engagement. Event presenters include:

  • Lindsay Erben, director, the Arts Institute of Middlesex County;
  • Vinnie Brand, owner & comedian, the Stress Factory;
  • David Burke, owner & restaurateur, Orchard Park Restaurant;
  • Pamela Stefanek, executive director, New Brunswick City Center.

Each panelist will examine what their organizations have learned and offer insights and recommendations on how to make a positive impact and build resilience in the community as we enter the “next normal.”

This year’s Business Series will include one additional virtual event, “Leading Locally in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” on Sept. 9, leading up to Middlesex County’s Annual Business Summit, which will be held this fall.

The addition of this miniseries will help illustrate how Middlesex County continues to implement the county’s future-forward economic development strategy as part of a larger strategic planning initiative, Destination 2040.

The event, a webinar on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Register here.