E349 – Xiomara Albán DeLobato – Empowering Economic Growth Through Education - Liz Theresa
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E349 – Xiomara Albán DeLobato – Empowering Economic Growth Through Education

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E349 – Xiomara Albán DeLobato – Empowering Economic Growth Through Education
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Xiomara is a dynamic and accomplished professional with over a decade of experience in both the public and private sectors. As Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC), she is instrumental in facilitating the growth and development of the region’s economy. In her role, Xiomara has focused on industry sector and workforce development, recognizing the full activation and support of community, entrepreneurship, and tourism as integral ingredients to the success and prosperity of an economy.

Throughout her career, Xiomara has been a change agent and advocate for equitable access to economic and academic opportunities. She has held leadership roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Elms College, Springfield College, and the University of New Hampshire. Xiomara has also worked with the Office of Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, MA, and the Office of Congressman Richard Neal.
Xiomara is an active member of various boards and committees, Girl’s Inc. of the Valley, Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, MA, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Wilbraham Finance Committee, and Governor Appointed Board Member of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).

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Show notes:

  • |02:09| Exploring Xiomara’s role at the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC).
  • |06:36| Discussing \the formation and purpose of economic development councils.
  • |11:43| The importance of large corporations supporting small businesses for regional success.
  • |18:12| Reflecting on the changing landscape of job requirements and higher education challenges.
  • |20:19| Xiomara’s experiences and insights on student loan debt and higher education.
  • |23:02| Discussing the concerns of the rising cost of education potentially diminishing its perceived value.
  • |24:37| Anticipating a shift in the workforce.
  • |29:02| Exploring the economic implications of student loan debt on consumer spending and decision-making.
  • |32:30| Promoting a green business academy program for contractors in the clean energy space.
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