CHAMBER IMPACT, BUILT ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

CHAMBER IMPACT, BUILT ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Chambers of commerce are in the community impact business, and many chambers are leveraging their foundations to create new revenue streams to support their work. From talent pipeline and community health to economic inclusion and community vibrancy, learn how creative chambers are finding new funding for mission-based work. This session will explore different chamber strategies for launching or revitalizing chamber foundations. 

Mark Eagan, CCE, President & CEO, Capital Region Chamber

Dave Adkisson, CCE, President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber

Kelly Hall, CCE, IOM, President, Longview Chamber of Commerce

David Rattray, Executive Vice President, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 102B

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Will Burns
BRIDGING DIVIDES: HOW CHAMBERS CAN CONNECT INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION

BRIDGING DIVIDES: HOW CHAMBERS CAN CONNECT INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION

Chamber executives have a unique perspective on their communities and regions. They work with partners who are often siloed, and they have the opportunity to connect those partners with others. This session will focus on how chambers can navigate dynamics and relationships to bring businesses and education systems to the same table.

Donny Jones, IOM, AACE, Chief Operating Officer, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama & Executive Director, West Alabama Works

Kate Lufkin, Marketing & Communications Manager, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

April Wood, Vice President – Membership Services, Garner Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 103B

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Will Burns
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES - A PRESCRIPTION FOR PROSPERITY

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES - A PRESCRIPTION FOR PROSPERITY

The connections between community health and prosperity have garnered increased attention over the past several years. Focusing on smaller chambers that have implemented health initiatives in their communities, hear them discuss how they got into this work and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Bob DuBois, IOM, President & CEO, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce

Vicki Clark, IOM, President & CEO, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Piratzky, Executive Director, Cape Regional Foundation

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 202C

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Will Burns
SUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS

SUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS

Women are an untapped resource for a bustling business economy. Whether they are starting their own businesses or stepping up to take leadership roles in existing businesses, chambers can support women in business in different ways. Join us to hear more about the types of programs and approaches chambers take to make sure women are part of their economic growth strategy.

Tim Daman, President and CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Becky Davison, Marketing Director, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Betsy Gardner Eckbert. President & CEO, Winter Park Chamber

Andrea Stevenson Conner, President, ATHENA International

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 103C

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Will Burns
Flipping the Script on Community Planning

Flipping the Script on Community Planning

Are you looking to re-energize your community development efforts? This session will share how one small, mid western city flipped the script on community planning to accelerate the revitalization of its central business district. You’ll hear how the Richland Area Chamber in Ohio dreamed big to move forward. The session will cover building coalitions, seeking funding for the planning process and the plan, getting the public on board, and more!

Jodie A. Perry, CCE, IOM, CCEO-AP, President & CEO, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 202A

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Will Burns
STRATEGIC & PROFITABLE INTERCITY VISITS

STRATEGIC & PROFITABLE INTERCITY VISITS

Interested in learning more about organizing intercity visits or seeking ideas to refresh your own program? Hear how Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) has used these visits as a community engagement event and profitable non-dues revenue opportunity to make big strategic changes in their region. Get tips for success, learn from GLI’s decisions (good and bad) and get ready to make your next inner city visit a catalytic change-making event for your community.   

Shawna Burton, Vice President, Engagement & Organizational Advancement, Greater Louisville Inc.

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 201A

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60 MEMBERSHIP IDEAS IN 60 MINUTES

60 MEMBERSHIP IDEAS IN 60 MINUTES

Ever popular and always fast-moving, this session provides a platform for membership and sales pros to spend one minute sharing a great idea that works for their chamber.

Ashleigh Christian, IOM, Director of Membership Development, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce (moderator)

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 104C

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UTILIZING LOCAL MEDIA TO ADVANCE YOUR AGENDA

UTILIZING LOCAL MEDIA TO ADVANCE YOUR AGENDA

You don’t need an entire department dedicated to communications or public relations to be successful with your local media. It is within the power of the chamber to control the story and push your agenda in partnership with the media. How can you do that? How can you control the narrative? Hear from a former TV news reporter and current chamber communications director about utilizing more than just email or social media to broadcast your message.

Brad Johnson, Director of Communications and Marketing, Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 104A

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Will Burns
REDUCING THE FOG: APPROACHES TO EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING

REDUCING THE FOG: APPROACHES TO EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING

The future of work is changing, and retaining your top talent is more important than ever. Chambers need to be sure new employees fall in love with the organization and its mission, and that starts on day 1. This session will provide chamber leaders the tools and tactics needed to create an effective onboarding process for your chamber to ensure your new hires adjust to the cultural and performance aspects of their new role and quickly before productive contributors to your organization.

Gisele Marcus, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, St. Louis Regional Chamber

Carlos Phillips, President & CEO, Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 16 | 9:15 a.m. | Promenade 103A

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