HOW TO ATTRACT TALENT WITH RESEARCH-BASED STORYTELLING

HOW TO ATTRACT TALENT WITH RESEARCH-BASED STORYTELLING

Competition to attract talent is more intense than ever before. Often, the task of luring workers into your community falls to the chamber of commerce. This session will use data to show chamber leaders what talent is looking for when making decisions, how talent is getting their information and how you can create a strategy to reach the demographic that your community wants to attract.

Lisa Battles, Vice President/Community Editor of Livability Media

Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Editor in Chief of Livability.com

Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc.

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 104B

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Will Burns
EVALUATING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS

EVALUATING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS

The Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber worked with the University of Colorado Boulder to evaluate the competitiveness of the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem compared to peer cities around the country. In this session, participants will learn about the methodology uses and how to identify metrics, economic indicators and other data sources that can be used to measure the performance of your own ecosystem.

Clif Harald, Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council (BEC), Boulder Chamber

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 104A

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Will Burns
HOSTING SUCCESSFUL DIVERSITY SUMMITS AND EVENTS

HOSTING SUCCESSFUL DIVERSITY SUMMITS AND EVENTS

Holding a diversity summit can be a great debut into diversity and inclusion work. Hear chambers discuss the lessons they learned about the content, format and promotion of diversity summits.

Sheron Rose, Vice President, Community Strategies, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Nika White, Senior Advisor to the Greenville Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, Greenville Chamber

Dexter Freeman, IOM, Vice President of Operations and Administration, Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 103C

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Will Burns
DEVELOPING THE TOOLS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW

DEVELOPING THE TOOLS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW

To address the needs of its local small businesses, The Greater Des Moines Partnership created the Small Business Resources Hub: a one-stop-shop portal that helps small businesses access information and resources in areas such as accounting, events, finances, marketing, and more. Learn how the chamber did the research necessary to solve the problems of a significant sector of its business community and developed a tool that responded to their needs.

Meg Schneider, IOM, CAE, Senior Vice President, Business Resources and Community Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 103B

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ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME: STORIES AND ADVICE FROM SALES AWARD WINNERS

ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME: STORIES AND ADVICE FROM SALES AWARD WINNERS

Learn from membership sales professionals who have achieved extraordinary success in chamber membership sales. What does it take to get to the top in ACCE’s annual Sales Contest? How does one climb the ladder of success in the Lifetime Sales Achievement Award program? Get answers from this panel of champions.

David Pruente, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Gina Martens, Senior Vice President of Member Relations & Sales, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

Karri Clark, IOM, Membership Services Director, Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce

D’Andre Allegra, Membership Development Manager, McKinney Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 103A

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Will Burns
HARNESSING THE POWER OF IMMIGRATION FOR GROWTH

HARNESSING THE POWER OF IMMIGRATION FOR GROWTH

Chambers across the country are looking at ways to integrate immigrants to spur economic growth. This session will showcase how large and small chambers are approaching this issue and will provide some best practice resources.

Kate Brick, Director, State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy

Belinda Garza Hartwig, Vice President of Economic Development, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Paola Avila, Vice President, International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 102B

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Will Burns
DUTY OF FORESIGHT: NEW COMPETENCIES FOR AGILE BOARDS

DUTY OF FORESIGHT: NEW COMPETENCIES FOR AGILE BOARDS

As membership organizations become more complex and diverse, they will require boards of directors with a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviors to address the needs and challenges of the market. One growing trend is to move away from a constituency-based board to developing a governance model based on a more competency-based process to recruit directors. As directors currently commit to delivering on the three “D’s”: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience, discover the fourth “D”: Duty of Foresight, and assess whether you have the “right people on the bus” to help your chamber navigate the future.

Cathi Hight, President, Hight Performance Group, Inc.

Tuesday, July 16 | 2 p.m. | Promenade 102A

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Will Burns