JANUARY 2020 |
nextLI: Long Island Index & Regional Outlook
The Long Island Index, a research report published annually to help local leaders devise solutions to regional problems, is now a website and online forum called nextLI, a project of the Newsday editorial pages. Since its initial publication in 2004, the index has galvanized support for high-profile projects such as the third track for the LIRR, redevelopment of village downtowns, and combating inequities in public school funding. At our January meeting we welcomed nextLI’s Amanda Fiscina and Coralie Saint-Louis to discuss what the latest report reflects about young residents’ perception of the future on and off Long Island.
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Schroder & Strom!
DECEMBER 2019 |
WEDLI members and guests enjoyed a strictly social event filled with networking, raffles, plentiful food, and a goody bag for all! We also collected donations of gently used professional apparel for Dress for Success Brookhaven.
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Branch Real Estate Group!
NOVEMBER 2019 |
Discovery Park: Economic Engine and Gateway to Brookhaven National Lab
Discovery Park is a new vision for the gateway to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory – a world leader in discovery science and transformative technology. It also provides an opportunity for economic and community development on Long Island, New York State, and beyond. Marty Fallier, BNL Campus Development Director, joined us to discuss the planning and development of Discovery Park. He addressed the need and proposed approach for the development and how a public-private partnership approach can address a number of needs, promote technology-based economic development, and promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for Long Island.
During the meeting, we also collected donations for Island Harvest.
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Carter DeLuca!
OCTOBER 2019 |
The expansion of the medical cannabis industry is a unique case study in economic development. Michelle Bodner, President & CEO of Curaleaf New York, a nationwide medical and wellness cannabis operator, and Eric Altstadter, Partner at EisnerAmper, who has worked directly with the industry players making their mark on the Long Island economy, gave us an inside look at this fascinating and growing industry.
During the meeting, we welcomed new member April Intrabartola!
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Options for Community Living!
SEPTEMBER 2019 |
A recent Opportunity Analysis commissioned by the Suffolk County IDA revealed that the newly rebranded Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge (formerly the Hauppauge Industrial Park) has the highest concentration of tradable businesses on Long Island – offering unparalleled opportunity for Island-wide economic development. Kelly Morris, Deputy Executive Director of the Suffolk County IDA, shared the astounding results of the Opportunity Analysis, the tradable industries that are bringing new dollars and new employees to the region, and how the IDA is forging relationships between the private and public sectors to boost this economic jewel.
We also conferred a scholarship award to a promising young pharmacy student, Isabelle Litvak.
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Terwilliger & Bartone!
MAY 2019 |
WEDLI’s Annual Judith McEvoy Governmental Breakfast – With our NEW State Senators!
WEDLI’s annual Governmental Breakfast was another stellar event! We were so impressed by our guests, State Senators Anna Kaplan and Monica Martinez. The ladies both have similar paths — they both faced hardship in their early years, never imagined a life in public service, and are both having tangible success as our newly-elected state senators! It was an interesting and impressive discussion, led by our own impressive Judy White, a WEDLI board member and chair of the event.
It was a packed agenda — we also welcomed two new members, Jane Reed and Autumn Behm. AND we conferred scholarship awards to two promising women, Kelly Mazzio and Marshele Juste. Our third scholarship award winner, Isabelle Litvak, could not attend this meeting but will join us in the fall.
Thanks also to our fabulous sponsor: Eisner Amper!
APRIL 2019 |
In advance of Earth Day and in the first days of Spring, WEDLI hosted a discussion about environmental conservation on Long Island with our speaker, Carrie Meek Gallagher, the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Carrie covered a wide range of issues, including safe drinking water, garbage recycling, and environmental sustainability on Long Island.
Thanks to all those who donated to our book drive, to support The Book Fairies!
MARCH 2019 |
Women’s History Month: Long Island Trailblazers
During Women’s History Month, we welcomed two female trailblazers in Long Island’s law enforcement community — Nassau County Sheriff Vera Fludd (the first woman in the position) and Geraldine Hart (Suffolk County’s first female police commissioner). It was fascinating to learn about their career journeys, personal experiences, and leadership strategies that led them to achieve these historic firsts.
Thanks to our fabulous sponsor: Karen Dowd. Esq.
FEBRUARY 2019 |
As a benefit of WEDLI membership, this was a fun members-only event — an evening of networking, fun, food, and painting at Pinot’s Palette in Bay Shore! See below for our finished masterpieces! (We’ll be keeping our day jobs…)
NOVEMBER 2018 |
Eat Local; Drink Local: The Economic Impact of “Taste NY”
To keep the Long Island economy growing, we must renew our focus on tourism to attract new patrons to our local businesses, restaurants, and wineries and establish
Long Island as a world-class destination. This month representatives from Taste NY discussed New York State’s official “eat local, drink local” program, the creation of new opportunities for food and beverage producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships, the process of creating the new Welcome Center on the LIE, and more.
Our guests were Claudia Barbey and Angelica Pulvirenti of Taste NY, along with several local food vendors, who provided samples to guests and discussed how they established their businesses. Joining us were Maria Camassa from Lucky Lou’s Gourmet Rice Pudding, Alex Teixteira from Plain T, Tish McCrea from Jungle Treats, and Mary Callanan from Three Castle Gardens.
Thanks to our fabulous sponsor: H2M Architects + Engineers! And thanks to all those who donated to our food drive this month, for Island Harvest.
OCTOBER 2018 |
Construction and real estate are among the foundations of Long Island’s economy. Like other industries, when the older, established executives retire, who will take over? Enter the NextGen in the construction industry!
Our guests were Alison Brennan of First Development Corp., Scott Burman of the Engel Burman Group, and Steven Dubb of the Beechwood Organization who have each taken up the challenge of continuing the success of previous generations.
During the meeting, we welcomed new member Helen Patrikis!
Thanks to our sponsors: Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP and Schroder & Strom, LLP!
SEPTEMBER 2018 |
The Hauppauge Industrial Park boasts 1,350 businesses, 55,000 employees, and $2.9 billion in combined payroll – in fact, one in 20 jobs on Long Island is dependent on the Park. It’s time to spread the word about this hidden economic engine!
WEDLI welcomed Terri Alessi‐Miceli, president of the Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA‐LI). She detailed the HIA-LI’s efforts to forge public‐private partnerships, update technology, and rebuild infrastructure. And she shared the staggering results of HIA‐LI’s recent Economic Impact Study that revealed the Park’s extraordinary role in the economy.
JUNE 2018 |
WEDLI Board Induction & Summer Social
One week before the official start of summer, WEDLI gathered members and guests for a networking event. We also inducted the 2018-19 officers and board members of WEDLI. New board members include Lauren Kanter Lawrence, Michele McQueen, Yolanda Robano-Gross, and Donna Zincone. And we are grateful for the ladies leaving the board, who contributed so much — Becky Creavin, Pat Janco, Suzanne Kirkpatrick Nelson, and Dayna Molinelli. And Incoming President Debra Thompson recognized the contributions of Outgoing President Jackie Peranteau. Thanks to all who joined us!
The 2018-19 Board (Top): Michelle McQueen, Yolanda Robano-Gross, Flo Federman, Pam Praetorius, Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Lauren Kantor-Lawrence, Jodi Bloom, Kennetha Pettus. (Bottom): Cathy Allen, Donna Zincone, Debra Thompson, Jackie Peranteau, Karen Dowd.
MAY 2018 |
Laura Curran is the ninth Nassau County Executive and the first woman elected to the office. She represents more than 1.3 million residents, has said her priorities are reestablishing faith and trust at the highest levels of government, working with local municipalities to foster economic development and regional projects that support and enhance the use of mass transit, and to restore order to a county budget process that historically yields deficits. And she was the fabulous speaker at WEDLI’s 2018 Judith McEvoy Governmental Breakfast, introduced by the equally fabulous Judy White, WEDLI’s Co-Legislative Chair.
During the meeting, we also conferred the 2018 Madelyn Orsini Scholarship Award to two deserving college students — Maria Villon Bustillo and Gabrielle Bacarella. The awards were presented by WEDLI Vice President Debra Thompson.
Thanks to our sponsor: Raich Ende Malter!
Read County Executive Curran’s press release about the event HERE.
APRIL 2018 |
How They Did It: Insight from Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs)
When a business is certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), many benefits become available. From governmental contracts to new business opportunities, if you’re not certified, you may be missing out on valuable opportunities to connect with potential clients who want (and need) to work with businesses like yours. We heard the benefits of WBE certification, as well as its responsibilities and requirements from our speakers, Erica Chase‐Gregory of the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, and one of her successful WBE owners, Kimberly DiLeo, founder of KIMCO, a Long Island mechanical construction company.
During the meeting, we welcomed new member Martha Stansbury!
Thanks to our sponsor: Colliers International.
MARCH 2018 |
Historic Women on Long Island
During Women’s History Month, on International Women’s Day, we welcomed author and retired Hofstra University history professor Natalie Naylor, who spoke about the authors and artists, scientists and suffragists, entrepreneurs and civic activists, pioneering pilots, and innumerable other women who have all left their mark on Long Island’s past.
During the meeting, we welcomed new member Jo Haramis as well as six of WEDLI’s past (and present) presidents!
Thanks to our sponsor, Karen M. Dowd, Esq. And thanks to our friend Tab Hauser for the pictures!
JANUARY 2018 |
WEDLI Winter Social & Wine Tasting
What better way to combat the winter doldrums than a WEDLI social event, combined with wine? Our friends at Banfi led a presentation and wine tasting, followed by some valuable business networking.
Thanks to our sponsor, Options for Community Living! And thanks to our friend Tab Hauser for the pictures!