Third cohort selected for education fellowship

22 chamber of commerce professionals nationwide selected to participate

Published Friday, July 15, 2016 8:00 am

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has selected 22 chamber professionals to participate in the third cohort of the Fellowship for Education Attainment.

The Fellowship is designed for chamber of commerce executives and senior staff who work to improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in their communities. Fellows participate in an immersive education and workforce development experience that includes best practice sharing, reviews of case studies, interaction with and learning from national experts, and the opportunity to build a strong peer-to-peer network.

Throughout the experience, executives will develop and execute a specific regional action plan to meet their community’s educational attainment needs.

The Fellowship is being offered to only 22 chamber of commerce professionals nationwide this year. Chosen executives were selected to participate based on their passion for strengthening the talent pipeline and improving regional education and workforce development outcomes.

The few selected to participate in the program represent organizations that are actively engaged in policy, programs, and systems reform efforts across the birth-to-career spectrum.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this high-end leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” says Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives President Mick Fleming. Speaking on the need for businesses to be more engaged in talent development discussions and outcomes, Fleming says his organization assists its members through various learning opportunities and best practice sharing. “This latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in education attainment maximizes the linkage between qualified talent and economic development goals.”

The Fellowship serves to advance a participating chamber’s already defined education attainment goals with the expectation that participants will help their peers nationwide build replicable programs and policies. For more information about ACCE’s education attainment work visit

2016-17 Cohort Roster:

Ashley Cagle
Director of Talent & Product Development
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Caudill
Director of Higher Education and Workforce
Dallas Regional Chamber
Cara Hansen Clarke
Vice President of Communications and Executive Director of Chamber Foundation
Las Vegas Metro Chamber

Patricia Day
Project Manager
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Amy Donahoe
Director of Workforce Development
The Chamber of Greater Springfield
Lyndsay Ferguson
Workforce Director
Chamber of Huntsville-Madison County

Rob Garcia
Talent Development Manager & Project Manager of the Cobb Workforce Partnership
Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Hannah Horne
Director of Public Policy and Small Business
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Shelley Huffman
Director of College & Career Readiness
Indiana Chamber

Donny Jones
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of West Alabama Works
The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Ann Kisting
Executive Director
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Ellie Lamison
Senior Manager, Workforce Development
York County Economic Alliance

Tim Lampkin
Director of Business Retention and Expansion
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Monica Maher
Vice President of Community Enhancement
Round Rock Chamber

Charlie Moore, IOM, ACE, CCE
President & CEO
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Pat Patrick
President & CEO
Lodi District Chamber of Commerce

John Pitt
Prosperity 2020 Coordinator
Salt Lake Chamber
Elizabeth Smith
Policy and Research Director
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Ryan Stauffer
Director of Workforce and Education Policy
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Phil Suter
President & CEO
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
Laura Ward
Director, Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Ebony White
Director of Workforce & Employer Development
Business Council of Westchester


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