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MONDAY, April 3, 2023 (Eastern) - Virtual Conference


Welcome Remarks - Megan Fontes, Executive Director, NERC


Keynote Address: Building a Diverse Workforce for Sustainable Materials Management - Cheryl Coleman, Senior Vice President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

Moderator - Megan Fontes, Executive Director, NERC


Cultivating Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices

The session will focus on strategies for developing a lens of inclusivity in our recruitment and hiring practices. Speakers will explore methods for attracting a diverse pool of applicants—writing bias-free job descriptions, establishing anonymity in application reviews, and more.

Moderator -
Anne Bijur, Materials Management Supervisor, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation


2:50 Networking Break | Sponsor Exhibit Hall


Clearing Career Pathways for Underrepresented Individuals

Speakers will discuss examples of programs that support diversity and inclusion of underrepresented individuals in the materials management industry.

Moderator - Jessica Levine, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, The Recycling Partnership & Chair, NERC's DE&I Committee


4:15 Closing Remarks – Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director, NERC


TUESDAY, April 4, 2023 (Eastern) - Virtual Conference


Welcome Remarks - Megan Pryor, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Creating Retention Strategies for an Inclusive Workplace

Fostering an inclusive workplace environment is crucial to retaining talent. Speakers will share tools and practices that boost employee engagement and build support for retaining employees. Examples include employee resource groups, mentoring programs, and managing a work-life balance.

Moderator - Cherish Changala, Vice President of Sustainability & Public Affairs, Revolution


2:05 Networking Break | Sponsor Exhibit Hall


Hiring & Retaining Diverse Staff — Moderated Break Out Discussions

Engage with others in small groups to reflect on the sessions, discuss challenges and successes in hiring and retention strategies, and share ideas with one another about best practices.

3:05 Debrief of Small Group Discussions
Moderator: Billy Connelly, National Accounts & New Markets Manager, Vanguard Renewables
3:35 Closing Remarks – Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director, NERC


Eligible for NHDES, NJ Rutgers and PROP CEU credits.

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Conference Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by March 27, 2023 are subject to a $50 administrative fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be given for cancellations after March 27.


NERC’s Conferences offer presentations and discussions on a wide variety of topics from many different points of view. Presenters and attendees have the opportunity to discuss their opinions in order that all sides of an issue are heard. Neither the expressed nor the implied opinions of any individual Conference presenter, attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor should be considered as an endorsement by NERC or reflective of its position.

For more information about the Conference, please contact Mary Ann Remolador at or (802) 451-8852. For questions about registration, please contact Robert Kropp at or (802) 254-3636.