Date: Tuesday, April 23rd 

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

At the DoubleTree by Hilton Lancaster


What is the Changemakers Conference?

Uniting our Business Community for Good

Lancaster is known for its generosity and community members who are driven to do good. At the Changemakers Conference you’ll have the opportunity to connect and brainstorm with other like-minded business men and women around how to best use your skills and resources to better the community. 

Learn the Latest Ways to Get Involved

Hear from speakers and panelists who have had personal experience using their businesses in creative and effective ways to help the community. They’ll share what you can do, right here in Lancaster, to boost your bottom line while making a strong positive impact on others. 

Make Your Business Stand Out

Working with non-profits or upping your corporate responsibility has been shown to improve or maintain a positive work culture. Not only does it help the community overall, it can make your business stand out among employees and clients, and give you deeper community engagement and recognition.

This Year's Topic

Strategies, NxtGen & the Why Behind Collaboration

We all know it’s critical to have the right team beside you in any business or nonprofit but many of us aren’t aware of are all the opportunities we have right here in Lancaster to collaborate, improve our workplaces, and train the next generation of employees. It’s all possible, while continuing to give a boost to our community (and even the world!)  

At this year’s Changemaker’s conference, we’re going to delve into how to best develop a strong workforce and inspire the ones we already have. We’ll chat about business incubation, how to balance a need for profits with a desire to serve, and how we can partner to access local higher education opportunities for our teams and teens.

Take a look at the panelists and speakers who will help guide this discussion and consider what questions, thoughts, and ideas you can bring to the table too! This morning is all about sharing and moving forward together AND collaborating for the good of our businesses, organizations, neighborhoods, and NxtGen.

“A culture is strong when people work with each other, for each other. A culture is weak when people work against each other, for themselves.”

Simon Sinek


8:30 AM to 9:00 AM – Registration, Networking, Coffee & Pastries

9:00 AM to 10:20 AM – Panel Discussion, Interviews and Q&As

10:20 AM to 10:30 AM – Free time and Opportunities to Network

This Year's Panelists and Presentors:

Pedro Rivera

President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Pedro A. Rivera, II, is the tenth president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Prior to accepting the role in October of 2020, he served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education. Rivera is a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, where he serves as Chair of its Council of Higher Education. Rivera is a lifelong educator who is committed to ensuring equitable access and funding for education and the workforce.

TJ Foltz & Megan Foltz

CEO and VP of Marketing for HumanKind

Tj Foltz is a self-proclaimed “world’s least likely CEO”. As a youth pastor turned business guy, his real passion is helping others get access to clean drinking water worldwide through his beverage company, Humankind.

Meg Foltz is an RN, podcast host, & owner of Character Coffee and served as the VP of Marketing at Humankind. Her heart behind each endeavor is to connect and serve in meaningful ways. She believes that ministry comes in a multitude of unsuspected avenues and loves the idea of blurring the line between sacred & secular. 

Anne Kirby

Founder of The Candy Factory, The Sweet Core, So Good Media & KICKASS Female Entrepreneurs

Anne Kirby is a successful entrepreneur dedicated to fostering supportive communities. With a background in design and marketing, she recognized the need for collaborative communities and founded The Creative House of Lancaster in 2006. In 2010, she established The Candy Factory, Central PA’s first coworking community, now with over 300 members. Her commitment to community empowerment led to the founding of the PA Coworking Alliance and Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs. Anne has presented to the House Small Business Committee in Washington, D.C., on Coworking and the gig economy, and she has been recognized by the TCCP, SCORE, Central Penn Business Journal, and others. Outside of her community and design work, she enjoys family time, exploring Lancaster City, making music, and caring for her many plants. 

Kevin Murphy

President & Owner of Scheffey Marketing & Communications

As President and owner of the integrated marketing agency Scheffey, Inc., Kevin brings years of business operations’ experience to Scheffey’s strategy-driven plans as they work with their clients to meet the challenges they face. He is committed to guiding Scheffey’s team of marketing professionals through continually living their values of “Serving Clients,” “Valuing Results and Relationships,” “Cultivating Creativity,” and “Leveraging Strengths.”

Pauline Wilton
Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, Director of Member Services

Pauline Wilton has been with the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County for 16 years and has served in her current capacity as Director of Member Services since 2010. Pauline is responsible for developing programming strategies and collaborating on initiatives that fulfill the BIA mission.  She works in partnership with BIA associates in ways that benefit and promote their companies.

Pauline spearheads the BIA Building Futures: Construction Career Day event to help connect member companies with local students interested in the residential construction trades in an effort to secure the industry’s future workforce. 

Karen Watkins
Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, Executive Officer 

Karen Watkins has been with the Building Industry Association (BIA) for 17 years and has served as Executive Officer since 2012, overseeing operations and the strategic direction of the association.

She appreciates the challenges of running a non-profit trade organization and its charitable foundation, and particularly values collaborating with BIA members for industry and workforce advancement. 

Bruce Newell

President and CEO of MANTEC

Bruce has been involved in manufacturing since leaving Deloitte & Touche in 1994.  Most recently, he has been serving as co-owner and operator of American Manufacturing & Integration LLC, a business he co-founded in 2007.

Throughout his career, Mr. Newell has been an advocate of manufacturing and education and their importance to the Pennsylvania economy.  He frequently presents to schools, K-12, about the opportunities and careers available in manufacturing and STEM.

Anna Ramos
Lancaster County Workforce Executive Director

Anna Ramos has been with the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board for 4 years and is currently the Executive Director.

She’s served as the Business Initiatives Director with the Lancaster Chamber and has over 20+ years of workforce development experience between her current role and her role as Site Administrator for PA CareerLink as well as her work at the Lancaster Chamber.

Anna is involved with several local workforce committees within the county and plays a lead role in the Career Ready Lancaster! initiative and serves as a Board Trustee for Community Action Partnership.

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