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Talent strategies that work – hire an intern through the Chamber

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 2:00:00 pm

               About 50 college-aged women took over the top floor of World Café Live in Philadelphia last week, but they weren’t there to see a band. They were there early Friday morning, rather, to hear vital advice from women who had gone before them into the professional world.

                The topics at the program hosted by Vanguard Group and The Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s Society of Professional Women included career paths, work-life balance and some of keys to building a strong reputation within a company. Vanguard was involved because the financial services company is proactive in its hiring efforts and many of the young women in the room have bright futures ahead of them.

                Companies such as Vanguard realize they are going to have to act differently to attract and keep the talent they need at a time when 10,000 baby boomers are leaving the nation’s work force daily. A group of such forward-thinking companies have signed on to be part of the Talent and Education Network (TEN).

In its fourth year, TEN sets out to understand and address skills gaps. Some companies have built a strong entry level, in part through operating internship programs and hiring recent college graduates from the region’s great schools.  Many simply haven’t figured out how to deal with younger workers.

One aspect of the TEN program is that we pre-screen college students for internships and recommend them to companies who participate in the initiative. It’s inevitable, however, that we meet more talented and eager students than we have opportunities for, so we would like to make some of these students available to any Chamber members who are interested in providing paid internships this summer.

                Click here to see profiles of some of the students we are in touch with. Contact the Chamber’s Director of Talent and Education Terry Pittman for more information about the students and the program at

                 Special thanks to the following companies, which support and guide the TEN initiative: Vertex, Vanguard, Wells Fargo, Accenture, AmeriGas, Bank of America, Enterprise Holdings, Independence Blue Cross, Lincoln Financial Group, NHS, Safeguard Scientifics, TD Bank, SolomonEdwards Group, State Farm, Tozour Energy Systems and U.S. Liability Insurance Group.

                We welcome hearing from additional companies that would like to provide opportunities for the next generation of employees.

                Bernard Dagenais, president and CEO, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, can be reached at

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


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