July 9, 2018

The Power 50: Jeannie Hebert

JEANNIE HEBERT

President & CEO

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Whitinsville

Residence: Shrewsbury

Colleges: Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, Tufts University, Bryant University

Little goes on in the Blackstone Valley business community without Hebert's knowledge and – usually – involvement. Lately, her efforts have centered around helping the region's manufacturers narrow their skills gap and hire the workers needed to maintain their productivity. Hebert leads the new collaboration project Blackstone Valley Education Hub to build out a workforce training center at the chamber and help the 650+ students each year who are waitlisted for vocational schools get the training they desire. Last year, after persistent advocacy from Hebert, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester agreed to open an internet learning cafe in Whitinsville, with an eye toward eventually putting a satellite campus in the Blackstone Valley.

What advice would you give up-and-comers? Find your niche, follow your desire and your work will be rewarding, even if it is hard, and it probably will be.

Animal planet: I helped care and find homes for four abused elephants. I still keep track of them and visit my favorite – Willie, the largest working African elephant in North America – at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. He has a son, Jabali.

Read about the WBJ's 2018 Power Players:

Retail

Harry Kokkinis, Table Talk Pies

Steve Rotman, Rotman's Furniture & Vystar

Ernie Herrman, TJX Cos.

Michael Dundas, Sira Naturals

Ralph Crowley Jr., Polar Corp.

Christopher Baldwin, BJ's Wholesale Club

Amy Lynn Chase, Crompton Collective & Haberdash

Food & Culture

Robb & Madeline Ahlquist, Worcester Restaurant Group

Troy Siebels, The Hanover Theatre

Karim El-Gamal, Rail Trail Flatbread Co., New City Microcreamery, Less Than Greater Than

Eric, Sam & Jack Hendler, Jack's Abby Brewing

Lynn Cheney, Lettuce Be Local

Sandy Dunn, DCU Center

Higher Education & Nonprofits

Ann T. Lisi, Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, College of the Holy Cross

Javier Cevallos, Framingham State University

Michael F. Collins, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jill Dagilis, Worcester Community Action Council

Dr. David A. Jordan, Seven Hills Foundation

Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Corner Office

Kate Sharry, Group Benefits Strategies

Tina M. Sbrega, GFA Federal Credit Union

John C. Roche, The Hanover Insurance Group

Elaine Osgood, Atlas Travel

Michael P. Angelini, Bowdtich & Dewey

Susan Mailman, Coghlin Electrical Contractors

Edward F. Manzi Jr., Fidelity Bank

Manufacturing

Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite

Ravi Vig, Allegro Microsystems

Nobuhiko Tamura, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Daniel McGahn, AMSC

Michael Mahoney, Boston Scientific

Jeannie Hebert, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics

Chris Coghlin, Coghlin Cos.

Health care

Kevin O'Sullivan, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Kurt Isaacson, Spectrum Health Systems

Tarek Elsawy, Reliant Medical Group

Jeffrey M. Welch, Saint Vincent Hospital

Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial Health Care

Holly Chaffee, VNA Care

Richard P. Burke, Fallon Health

Economic Development

Ann K. Tripp, Opus Investment Management

Robert Walker, RA Ventures

Yvonne Spicer, City of Framingham

Cliff Rucker, Worcester Railers Hockey Club

Sherri Greene Pitcher, Fidelity Bank

Timothy P. Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Anthony Consigli, Consigli Construction Co.

Jennie Lee Colosi, E. T. & L. Corp.

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