Building a New Talent Pipeline: Getting Talent Back to Work

  • June 20, 2019
    7:30 am - 10:00 am

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Registration will open at 7:30AM with refreshments available. The program will run from 8:00AM – 10:00AM. 

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 A. Pisaturo,Esq., Chairperson – Rhode Island Parole Board, our esteemed panel comprised of relevant stakeholders in this space will allow for a candid discussion.

Laura A. Pisaturo has dedicated a large portion of her career to public service, working in both public and private sectors. A respected attorney and advocate, Chairperson Pisaturo has a wealth of experience through her previous work as a civil litigator with Hinckley, Allen and Snyder, LLP, as a criminal prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division within the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, as Director of Advocacy & Legal Services with Day One, as a solo practitioner and through service on a number of boards and commissions.

Pisaturo has taught as an adjunct professor for special lecture series at Salve Regina University and The University of Rhode Island on The U.S. Supreme Court as well as topics on Women and the Law. She has instructed on criminal procedure, domestic violence and sexual assault at training academies for The Rhode Island State Police, The Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy and The Providence Police Department. She previously served by appointment on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board, the City of Warwick Planning Board and the Rhode Island Commission On Prejudice and Bias.

Chairperson Pisaturo was chosen in 2018 by the National Organization for Italian American Women, Rhode Island Chapter, to receive its “Three Wise Women” award and was also the recipient of a 2016 Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA Rhode Island for her work promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. A proud alumna of The University of Rhode Island, she received the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Education and Professional Studies; the 2015 Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island’s Pro Bono Publico Award; and in 2014 she was recognized by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for her tireless advocacy for social issues including the rights of those in the LGBT community and children’s welfare.

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


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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.



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