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Business education is intertwined with Chamber programs

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Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:30:00 pm

                   Nutrisystem CEO Dawn Zier shared her turnaround strategies in front of 200 at our Society of Professional Women event last week. She emphasized the importance of getting the right team in place, creating a fact-based culture in making decisions, inviting challenging ideas from team members and building resiliency to address problems.

                Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker, at our Economic Forecast Breakfast in January, spoke about work force trends that affect hiring. Employers would do well to realize they might have to make a special effort to keep their best people as the market is tight.

                Hollister Creative CEO Kim Landry, who is vice chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, talked about playing to win in developing business as a member of the chamber.  Her remarks came as she accepted her Chairman’s Award for service to MLCC at the Red Carpet Dinner.

                It’s not surprising that these three leaders each shared knowledge over a two-month period with Chamber members. Business people with their hearing tuned in always walk away with lessons, as well as business connections, from our SPW and Signature Events.

                We also are incorporating lessons into our Business Builders Workshops, where we share wisdom from recent Chamber speakers like the ones above, and at Network at Noon. Starting last year, we opened the door to short business presentations for Network at Noon events, which are attracting more than 80 people each month this winter at the Radnor Hotel. Presenters who would like to be featured in our “Five Minutes With…” segment should contact MLCC Communications and Events Manager Stacey Rymal at srymal@mlcc.org. The perfect idea will appeal in a selfless way to small business leaders and their employees who attend Network at Noon.

                During my annual opening presentation to a class of Leadership Main Line, which this year is made up of 22 team members from some of the largest Chamber companies, I make a similar point about leadership lessons. They can be found everywhere.

More than ever, Chamber members are taking an active role in their learning through our ChamberConnect peer groups, the CEO Roundtable, Greater Philadelphia C-Suite Forum, Life Sciences Leaders Forum and Owners and Operators Forum.

To learn more about how you can plug into learning with the Chamber, contact Director of Member Services Xenia Hewka Scott at xscott@mlcc.org. And listen for the lessons in 2017. There are many more to come.

To read the entire February issue of the Main Line Business Monthly please click here

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