Inaugural Exchange

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East West Exchange LogoThe EastWest Exchange is a cross-regional network of business, academic, and civic leaders from the innovation ecosystems of eastern and western Massachusetts working to strengthen resiliency in the innovation processes that power the Massachusetts economy.

Global supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic and broader geopolitical tensions have shaped this initiative around facilitating connections among the Commonwealth's innovation assets as firms look to locally source solutions to their R&D, technology, manufacturing, and talent needs.


Welcoming Remarks

Watch Recording ButtonHeadline speakers, iRobot CEO & Founder Colin Angle, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, and Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development lay the framework for the Exchange as an interactive discussion around opportunities for collaboration between innovation networks in eastern and western Massachusetts.


Colin Angle headshotColin Angle

Congressman Richard Neal HeadshotCongressman Richard Neal
U.S House of Representatives

Mike Kennealy headshotSecretary Mike Kennealy
MA Executive Office of
Housing & Economic Development

Carolyn Kirk headshotCarolyn Kirk
MassTech Collaborative
Rick Sullivan HeadshotRick Sullivan
Economic Development Council of Western MA

Keynote Address

Watch Recording ButtonHarvard Business School professor, Willy Shih, discusses how the U.S. - China trade war and COVID-19 pandemic have shined a light on the structure and vulnerabilities of global supply chains and how Massachusetts companies can enhance resiliency in their operations.

Willy Shih headshotWilly Shih
Harvard Business School

Session 1 - The Complete Ecosystem

Talent & Resources to Fuel Emerging Commercial Needs

Watch Recording ButtonUMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy sets the table around the strategic alignment of the rich talent and resources in western Mass with opportunities and challenges facing technology firms, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth.  Headline speakers discuss models of successful partnerships among anchor firms, higher education, research institutions, and innovation support organizations that contribute to the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and culture of creative problem-solving.

Kumble Subbaswamy headshotKumble Subbaswamy
Chancellor, UMass Amherst

Dr. Peter ReinhartDr. Peter Reinhart
Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Dr. Woody Sherman headshotDr. Woody Sherman
Silicon Therapeutics

Christine Pfeil headshotChristine Pfeil

Christian Lagier headshotChristian Lagier

Jason Vincent HeadshotJason Vincent

Karolina Starczak headshotKarolina Starczak
Mallory Franklin headshotMallory Franklin
Bill Bither headshotBill Bither
Machine Metrics

Session 2 - Strategic Sourcing

Tapping into Massachusetts' Manufacturing Hot Spot

Watch Recording ButtonThe high-quality production capabilities and engineering expertise of regional manufacturers will be showcased in this session as the localization of supply chains becomes an increasingly attractive approach to reducing operational risk in light of global market disruptions.  This session showcases successful models of collaboration among OEMs and regional manufacturers through a real-time rocket pitch, partnership vignette, and a series of innovation profiles.

Adam Rodrugues headshotAdam Rodrigues

Charlie Kirol headshotCharlie Kirol

Tim Saeger headshotTim Saeger

Mike Stone headshotMike Stone
CoFab Design

Dave Follette headshotDave Follette
UMass ADDFab

Greg Sine headshotGreg Shine
Shine Wire

Paul Davidson headshotPaul Davidson
Universal Plastics

Neil Scanlon headshotNeil Scanlon
Worthington Assembly

Chris Denny headshotChris Denny
Worthington Assembly

Dr. Lionel Kimerling headshotDr. Lionel Kimerling
MIT/AIM Photonics Academy

Adam Erlich headshotAdam Erlich
Sheaumann Laser
Andrea AgliatiAndrea Agliati
Convergent Photonics

Kristin Carlson headshotKristin Carlson
Peerless Precision

Carlo ZaffanellaCarlo Zaffanella
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Lisa Chamberlain headshotLisa Chamberlain
The Chamberlain Group
Dave Spenciner headshotDave Spenciner
DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine

Fireside Chat

Watch Recording ButtonCongressman Neal and Holyoke Community College President, Dr. Christina Royal, host a group of prominent Boston-based business leaders in a discussion around themes of shifting supply chains and deurbanization of workforces and the opportunities present in Western MA.

Congressman Richard Neal HeadshotCongressman Richard Neal
U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Christina Royal headshotDr. Christina Royal
Holyoke Community College

Colin Angle headshotColin Angle


Mohamad Ali headshotMohamad Ali
Niraj Shah headshotNiraj Shah

Rick Sullivan HeadshotRick Sullivan
Economic Development Council of Western MA




Make Connections

Contact EastWest program manager, Megan Marszalek, for more information on the event and how to connect with resources across the state.