Business Leads Fellowship Program
Business Leads is developing business leaders to be education and workforce champions in their community and better connect education systems and students to opportunity. It equips chambers of commerce and associations with the resources necessary to implement change in the education and workforce pipeline.
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the program consists of virtual and in-person workshops. Topics include early education, K-12, college and career readiness, postsecondary education, and workforce development. Each workshop is taught by leaders who have put these policies into practice to bring more opportunity to communities across the country.
Through specialized training, Business Leads Fellows gain the required skills to launch successful education and workforce programs in their communities.
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Dr. Timothy Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, uplifts communities through connecting business and education, and championing collaboration as a Business Leads Fellow.
Kelly Fuller has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between K-12 education and career through the championing of lifelong learning through her work at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and as a Business Leads Fellow.
Amber Rangel Mooney, who participated in the Elite Cohort of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Business Leads Fellowship Program (Business Leads), currently works as vice president and director of workforce development at Empire State Development and knows the importance of expanding career growth opportunities first-hand.
Coming from his background in higher education policy, Brian Crouse, vice president of education programs at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, is keenly aware of how critical it is to bridge the gap between what the education sector provides for students and what the business community needs from potential workers coming out of their pipeline. The Business Leads Fellowship offered him a new process and tools to communicate more effectively with these stakeholders.
Thomas Paden, President of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, is focused on developing career pathways for high school students in the community through Future Fit, a four-step program that offers opportunities in business, healthcare, hospitality, or trade.
John Jenks, director of public policy at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, shares how the program helped deepen his advocacy efforts in fostering a strong workforce development, particularly for justice-invovled individuals.
Alex Breault, the director of talent initiatives at Greater Naples Chamber, shares how the program allowed her to deepen her knowledge, connect with others, and grow in her field.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced the launch of an advanced track for its Business Leads Fellowship Program called the Elite Cohort. This invitation-only program will focus on how Fellows can elevate education and workforce initiatives, navigate change, and learn best practices in program management.