CHAMBERS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CHAMBERS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Whether or not your chamber houses the formal economic development function, you are in the economic and community development business. Attend this session for insights into how you can showcase those activities more effectively, tie the work to your mission and highlight return on investment. The session will also explore ways to create more meaningful collaboration between your economic development team and other staff departments like membership, programs, communications and more.

James Reddish, CEcD, Executive Vice President, Little Rock Regional Chamber

Megan Lucas, CCE, CEcD, IOM, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Roy Williams, CCE, President & CEO, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 202B

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THINK TANK: CHAMBERS GAINING TRACTION WITH EOS

THINK TANK: CHAMBERS GAINING TRACTION WITH EOS

Is your entire team on the same page with the direction your chamber is going and how you plan to get there?  Join us for a Traction EOS Roundtable discussion for Chamber CEOs and staff members who follow or are considering implementing the Traction Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) popularized by Gino Wickman’s book, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business.  EOS helps develop organizations with focus, discipline and accountability throughout, enabling everyone on your team to execute the same vision every day.  Join us to connect, ask questions, share insights, exchange ideas, and get more traction for your organization.  Led by Jane Clark, President of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce.  The West Coast Chamber has followed EOS since 2015.

Jane Clark, President, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 103A

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STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING THE RIGHT TALENT PIPELINE

STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING THE RIGHT TALENT PIPELINE

Building a strong talent pipeline is critical for the long-term economic vitality of any community. Explore the different ways chambers ensure that they have the right talent for the future and discuss some of the policies that impact the development of strong talent pipelines.

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling Policy, National Skills Coalition

April Brown, Director of Existing Industry and Workforce Development, Economic Development Coalition Asheville Buncombe County

Dean Blinkhorn, Director of Talent Development, Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 202C

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Equity as an Economic Imperative

Equity as an Economic Imperative

In 2011, the Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.) launched Mosaic, a business diversity council focused on presenting the business case for diversity and inclusion to its members. By 2018, however, Mosaic’s efforts had plateaued. Leaders realized the organization was only looking at diversity and inclusion, and equity was missing from the conversation. Get an understanding of how and why Mosaic transitioned to an equity-focused coalition of companies and nonprofits striving to cultivate a more diverse, inclusive and equitable membership business environment and community as a whole.

Kuma Roberts, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 103C

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RECRUITING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

RECRUITING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

Fun fact: Half of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s (Ill.) board is under the age of 40. Learn about the chamber’s focused and intentional strategies to recruit, engage and involve young business and community leaders, not just in separate programs for young professionals but in the core of the chamber’s leadership team. Understand what it takes to recruit younger business leaders and leverage their skills and enthusiasm to build the next generation of chamber leaders.

Nicki Anderson, President and CEO, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 104B

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FUELING REGIONAL OPPORTUNITY ECONOMIES

FUELING REGIONAL OPPORTUNITY ECONOMIES

In the summer of 2018, the Orlando Economic Partnership led a collective effort, engaging leadership, staff and stakeholders in the development of a strategic framework for the region's future. The result was Launch to Tomorrow, an ambitious three-year plan to recast economic and community development to advance broad-based prosperity for the region. Join leaders from Orlando and other cutting-edge regions for an innovative think tank that will provide attendees with detailed road-map to create a new model for economic and community development that challenges the status quo and establishes a bold vision for the future.

Timothy Giuliani, CCE, President & CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership

Michael Huber, President & CEO, Indy Chamber

Courtney Ross, Chief Economic Development Officer, Nashville Area Chamber

Brian Hall, Executive Director, Commission on Economic Inclusion & Senior VP Greater Cleveland Partnership

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 202A

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60 SPONSORSHIP IDEAS IN 60 MINUTES

60 SPONSORSHIP IDEAS IN 60 MINUTES

In the competitive world of corporate sponsorship, chambers can get ahead of the game with strong strategies and creative concepts. Share a success story and be inspired by dozens of others in this fast-paced, panel-facilitated session.

Ruth Littlefield, CCE, IOM, Chief Results Officer, Littlefield Management Solutions (moderator)

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 104C

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CCE: CERTIFYING THE PROFESSION

CCE: CERTIFYING THE PROFESSION

Designed for experienced leaders, Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) is the highly-recognized designation for high-achieving chamber professionals. Learn how certification can boost your professional confidence and take your career to the next level, and how a prestigious alumni network of 500+ CCEs can help get you there.

Matt McCormick, CCE, IOM, President and CEO, Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Linda Rabe, CCE, IOM, President and CEO, Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce

Monday, July 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Promenade 103B

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