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Chamber Execs Awarded ACCE Scholarship for Leadership Diversity

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nine chamber executives were recently awarded scholarships for ACCE’s inaugural leadership diversity program, which seeks to encourage leadership diversity among member chambers. The scholarships have a three-year term and will aid in providing information, training and other resources to enhance the leadership skills of women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, those who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or those with a disability.

“This spring, chamber professionals with at least three years of senior level experience in the chamber industry were invited to apply for the scholarships,” said Crystal Moore, ACCE’s vice president, professional development and convention. “We had a great response to our call for applicants and scoring was very difficult. We are very excited about the next three years and look forward to working with the first cohort.”

Chamber executives representing the program’s first cohort include:

  • CeCe Hipps, President, Haywood (N.C.) Chamber
  • Lisa Hermes, President, Metrocrest (Texas) Chamber of Commerce       
  • Ernest Strickland, Director, Economic Development, Greater Memphis Chamber              
  • Gilbert Zavala, V.P. of Education & Talent Development, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Denise Reid, Director, Talent Strategies & Recruitment, Tulsa Regional Chamber               
  • Gemma French, V.P.  of Public Relations & Marketing, Greater Manchester (N.H.) Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Farmer, CEO & Chief Member Advocate, Salinas Valley (Calif.) Chamber     
  • Rebecca DeLorenzo, President & CEO, Flagler County (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce        
  • Jason Rae, Executive Director, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce 

As scholarship recipients, these chamber executives commit to a three-year term of:

  • Quarterly networking conference calls with other scholarship recipients
  • Attendance at three of ACCE's annual conventions
  • Attendance at four webinars in each of the three years of the scholarship
  • Active membership in ACCE's Volunteer Portal
  • Participation in ACCE's Mentor Program
  • Documentation of their three-year learning experience in a report at the end of the scholarship term
  • Application to ACCE's Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) Program at the end of the scholarship term

For more information about the program, contact Crystal Moore at 703-998-3550.

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