Provides New Opportunities for State and Local Chambers to Engage at a National Level on Critical Education and Workforce Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Responding to the needs of state and local chambers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today launched a new premier business leadership program to help address their most pressing education and workforce issues. The Business Leads Fellowship Program will train and equip fellows with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address these challenges.
“State and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “We created this program to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, 35 state and local chamber executives have been chosen for the inaugural class of Business Leads. The four-month fellowship will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.
Upon completion, fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.
Given the overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 140 applicants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a second cohort in spring 2019. The first meeting of the inaugural class will take place from September 19-21, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.
For a full list of participants in the Business Leads inaugural class, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. Our workforce development portfolio is transforming employer engagement in education partnerships, connecting workers with real pathways to the jobs that employers are trying to fill.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.