2017 Convention Scarcity and Abundance Track Pack (6 Sessions)

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Captured live from the 2017 ACCE Annual Convention in Nashville. Duration: 6 hours, 15 minutes. Sessions include: Afterschool STEM Programs for Tomorrow's Workforce; Growth is a Good Problem to Have; Healthy Workforce, Healthy Community; Reconnecting the Volunteer State; Redefining Career Readiness; and The Big 5: A Modern Model for Community Leadership.

Cost: Free
Scarcity and Abundance Track Pack includes:


Afterschool STEM Programs for Tomorrow's Workforce

Presented by:  Ron Ottinger, Director, STEM; Kari Pardoe, Associate Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Moderators); Alisha Benson, COO, Greater Spokane Incorporated; Eric Brown, Business Development Director, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce (Kan.); Lakeitha Givens, Program Director, YouthQuest, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (Mich.) (Panelists) 

Chambers that support afterschool STEM programs in their communities will have an edge in meeting their members’ talent development needs by creating a workforce that is ready for the jobs of the future. Hear from chambers that work as partners and as practitioners in the movement to provide quality afterschool STEM opportunities for students.


Growth is a Good Problem to Have (Introduction)
Presented by:  Amy Holloway, President & CEO, Avalanche Consulting, Inc. (Moderator); Kali Boatright, President & CEO, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce (Ga.); Brandom C. Gengelbach, Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (Texas); Ian D. Scott, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (S.C.) (Panelists)


Almost every community wants growth: more jobs, more investment, more talent. But is growth the best measurement of success? A panel of chamber executives will examine chamber activities in places where the population and employment levels are increasing rapidly. With every groundbreaking and ribbon cutting, did new challenges arise for their communities? Includes introductory video and then audio presentation (no slides).


Healthy Workforce, Healthy Community
Presented by:  Kitty Jerome, Director of Coaching & Outreach, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps; Linda Rubin, MS, Healthy Monadnock 2020 Director; Phil Suter, President & CEO, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce (N.H.); Cristie Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health


When chambers understand the connection between health and workforce development, they can better address the economic needs in their communities. Learn from the leaders of Healthy Monadnock 2020, a community initiative that has been at the nexus of innovative approaches to both economic development and community health, including living wage policies. Learn how to utilize data, identify potential partners, and unlock new strategies all toward the common goal of creating a healthy workforce. 


Reconnecting the Volunteer State
Presented by: Nancy Eisenbrandt, Chief Workforce Officer, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Mike Krause, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission; Laura Ward, Director of Tennessee Reconnect Community, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

At a time when postsecondary credentials and degrees are becoming increasingly necessary to be competitive and successful in the modern workplace, hear how the Nashville Area Chamber is helping to engage adult learners and military service members statewide, and put them on a path toward success with the state’s Tennessee Reconnect program. Learn new strategies for engaging with these populations and developing chamber programs that support their success as well as the talent needs of the business community.


Redefining Career Readiness
Presented by:  Kim Phelps, Vice President Communication and Public Policy, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

Hear how the Bowling Green Area Chamber, together with local school districts and industry leaders, is making a lasting impact on local workforce development with its program, SCK LAUNCH. Get some tips from Bowling Green's chamber execs on how you, too, can effectively support the cradle-to-career pipeline by identifying and building partnerships, providing early career and professional skill exposure, and developing programs that operate at the nexus of hard and soft skill development.


The Big 5: A Modern Model for Community Leadership
Presented by: Scott Hall, Senior Vice President, Civic and Community Initiatives, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Mo.); Katherine Morgan, President & CEO, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (Wash.)


Learn how a major metro chamber reinvigorated its civic leadership position and how a small chamber became a rapidly growing, financially strong, community leader, by doing the same thing: addressing their region's five biggest opportunities head on. This session, perfect for chambers of all sizes and varying resources, will offer a road map with translatable, scalable skills and tools that can empower a chamber to be a relevant community leader.



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