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Palette & Habitat Host Virtual Community Event March 12

Palette & Habitat For Humanity Host Virtual Diversity & Leadership Event

Friday, March 12th from 9AM to 4:30PM on Zoom

Join PaletteHabitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties for a day of education and action, at their first “We Built This City” virtual community event on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 9AM to 4:30PM.

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Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties

Taking place over Zoom, the event is an opportunity for individuals, business leaders and entrepreneurs across various industries to discuss the modern workplace and how to implement diversity and inclusivity in the workplace to benefit our businesses and our community.

“Anyone who builds with Habitat understands the love that resonates after a day of hammers and nails,” said Adam Feldman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties. “Habitat’s unique model truly creates an inclusive community –  CEOs, Average Joes, Republicans, Democrats and Partner Families collaborate to build homes and communities every day on our build sites. We want to bring that same positive energy to the broader community and We Built This City allows us to spread that love through our virtual event with Palette.”

Tickets for the full-day event for non-Palette members are $99; and $49 for Palette members.



Keynote Speaker

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Kathleen McLean, President, The McLean Group

Kathleen McLean, President, The McLean Group 
Kathleen is a sought-after consultant, motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves organizations and her community with compassion and integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passion. McLean is President of The McLean Group – a New York State certified Minority Women Owned consulting firm that partners with organizations to create customized solutions that specialize in diversity/inclusion, team building and leadership development. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Russell Sage College, a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the Capital Region Women of Color professional network, and a member of the Leadership Advisory Board of Directors on behalf of the Free Your Mind Forum in Dallas, TX and the Advisory Board of Mission Accomplished and the Resourceful Women’s Leadership Steering Committee for the YWCA-GCR.  Full bio

Featured Speakers 

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Corey Allen, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Corey Allen, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
Corey J. Allen, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, has over 20 years of experience in the community organizing/political lobbying/consulting arena, having worked in countless political campaigns, and organized community-based events in the Hudson Valley. Corey is Co-Founder of Financing Your Freedom, an organization that teaches financial literacy to the community. He is currently a Board Member of Community Voices Heard, representing Orange County, a member of the Zoning Board in the City of Newburgh, and the Chairman of the City of Newburgh Police-Community Relations Review Board. Full bio


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Martel Catalano, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Beyond My Battle

Martel Catalano, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Beyond My Battle

Martel was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable and degenerative eye disease, at age 13. Over the decade that followed, she dealt with chronic depression and anxiety stemming from the fear of impending blindness. After years of studying yoga, mindfulness, and philosophy, Martel became committed to creating awareness about the unique mind-body challenges for those with life-altering diagnoses. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Beyond My Battle, she talks and teaches about living mindfully with an illness or disability. Full bio


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Jane Chen, CEO and Co-Founder, Eyre Writing Center

Jane Chen, CEO and Co-Founder, Eyre Writing Center
Jane Chen is Co-Founder of Eyre Writing Center. Originally from New York City, Jane worked with students on their writing on a pro bono basis for nearly a decade. Prior to EWC, she worked as a Senior Investment Analyst for various asset management firms in New York and Europe. Jane graduated from Harvard University cum laude as a History concentrator (with a focus in financial history and secondary in Economics) and a Blankfein Family Scholar in 2012. Full bio



♦ Valuing Diversity
Hiring Veterans, disability, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+

♦ All About Advocacy
Growing communities through policy

♦ Women in Leadership
Superior style

♦ Controversial Communications
How to handle hard conversations

♦ Unconscious Bias in Business
Breaking down embedded beliefs


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About Palette
palette logoPalette is a place that celebrates culture, shared ideas and connections. Palette’s community experience levels up members in career and life! Palette is more than a place to meet a friend for coffee and a life-changing scone. We’re deeply committed to individuals who support each other, contribute to the greater good and are on a journey to change the world. Learn more at

About Habitat for Humanity
habitat saratoga ny logoHabitat for Humanity believes everyone deserves a decent place to live. We do that by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Our Partnership program provides an opportunity for hard working local families to buy their homes with an affordable mortgage (not giveaway program). At Habitat, we believe in sweat equity instead of cash equity and our partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor working alongside community volunteers to build their home.  Habitat for Humanity is also one of the two local housing nonprofits for the Saratoga Showcase of Homes. Learn more at or

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