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Focus on leadership and corporate volunteerism

Posted by: Stacey Rymal on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:00:00 pm

Following is an excerpt on Chamber activities from Red Carpet Dinner on Nov. 7: Developing employees and leaders is among the most important things we can do for our region’s future.

In addition to our 15-year-old community-focused Leadership Main Line program, this year we rolled out a new, more concentrated set of four full-day classes on the topic of better engaging employees called Leadership Principles & Profiles.

Our Society of Professional Women is unique and outstanding in the region, with six trademark events that each draw about 200 attendees, including some men, along with a series of empowering mentoring and leadership workshops.

And as our Talent and Education Network enters its fourth year, watch for our new e-news magazine featuring local stories about attracting and retaining the talent that our region needs. 

Next up for us is the Chamber’s second annual Summit on Business Leadership and Corporate Volunteerism, which will be held on Dec. 14.  Our Summit is focused on the topic of corporate social responsibility, which is particularly poignant, as we are here in Philadelphia.

The city was recently reaffirmed by the U.S. Census as the poorest big city in America. It’s important that we expand opportunity for more of our region’s citizens.

In this time of heightened focus on racial division and sexism, it’s important to note that so many of our member companies strive to foster opportunity and inclusion.

We see companies addressing societal issues:

  • through support for early childhood education;
  • with corporate volunteerism and donations that fund reading, mentoring and STEM programs;
  • by seeking a diverse pool of candidates for jobs and internships, including first-generation college students who can help break the cycle of poverty;
  • and creating pipelines for talent in our region.

Our Chamber is a consistent advocate for Pre-K for PA expansion, which is a cost-effective investment in the future earning potential of the residents of our commonwealth.

This isn’t just a city problem. Poverty is growing in some of our suburbs, as city residents seek better educational opportunities for their children, and face higher rents.

A stronger core city is good for everyone in Greater Philadelphia.

I invite all leaders to join us at our Summit to continue a conversation we began last year around making a greater difference collectively. Reach out to me directly at to find out how you can get involved.

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


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