For Immediate Release
April 4, 2019
Fellowship provides state and local chamber representatives with opportunities to engage nationally on critical education and workforce issues
HARRISBURG - The PA Chamber is proud to announce that the organization’s Director of Marketing, Lori Renne, has been selected to participate in the second cohort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers and builds their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
“When the Pennsylvania Chamber embraced workforce development as a cornerstone of our mission in 2016, Lori was at the forefront in leading our internal ‘Start the Conversation Here’ initiative that is focused on closing Pennsylvania’s skills gap to create a strong workforce that will meet the needs of the state’s in-demand jobs and growing industries,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “We are thrilled that Lori was selected to participate in this dynamic program and look forward to incorporating best practices from other state chambers and business organizations into the next phase of our efforts.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, Renne was selected along with 33 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the second class of this program. The three-month program, which concludes in July 2019, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” added Renne. “Workforce development issues are not Pennsylvania specific – many other states are facing similar challenges when it comes to employers having difficulty finding trained and qualified workers. The Business Leads Fellowship Program will help to facilitate a dialogue on this critical issue – and I’m confident that it will produce innovative concepts on the best ways to strengthen our workforce program and better support job creators and job seekers in the Commonwealth.”
Upon completion, Business Leads 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 that regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” said Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”
For a full list of participants in the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.
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