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

               Sometimes it feels like the heart of what a business does gets lost in the shuffle. Whatever the objective of a business is, whether it’s selling goods or services, the work only gets accomplished when people know what to do and successfully collaborate.

                From the mind of the CEO to the ideas of entry-level employees who strive to learn where they fit in, the two-way transfer of knowledge is essential to our future as a region. In preparing for two Main Line Chamber of Commerce Signature Events in April and May, we continue to learn about how company leaders are reaching out to find and motivate the talent of the future.

                Greater Philadelphia, and the Main Line in particular, is filled with examples of companies who are supporting the future of our region through investments in students. Organizations such as the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Businesses Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools, the Philadelphia School Partnership, Campus Philly and the Chamber’s Talent and Education Network all enjoy business backing as we seek to better equip the work force and citizenry of the future for success.

                One such organization will be the star of our 44th annual Inspirational Breakfast at Valley Forge Military Academy & College on April 5, when Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Marcus Allen takes the podium to tell his compelling story. Like many children, particularly from low-income minority neighborhoods, the expectation that Marcus would go to college was low. Now he is a role model at the top of an organization that pairs girls and boys with successful people who can be motivating role models.

                In a great tie-in with Leadership Main Line, the current class of 22 business leaders has taken on as a class project the cause of expanding Big Brothers Big Sisters reach in the suburbs, where the program has a following that is ripe for expansion.

                These types of programs also will be on display at the Summit on Business Leadership and Corporate Volunteerism, a breakfast program that is slated to occur on May 19. In its second year, this summit about corporate social responsibility will have a special focus on initiatives that deal with strengthening the region’s work force. Stay tuned for more details about this program in the weeks to come.

                We look forward to expanding the discussion about how our region continues to develop its future CEOs and the employees who will make our companies, economy and region strong. 

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

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