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Working on the business and developing leaders

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00:00 pm

The distinction between working on the business and working in the business is important for any company or organization hoping to succeed. 

The question of how one improves the future while keeping up with the present is top of mind for The Main Line Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers this summer.  

So much of what we do is so public – we are close to selecting the Helena Devereux Women In Leadership Award winner who will be honored at our Gold Leaf Celebration Luncheon on Sept. 26.  We will soon announce our speaker for Red Carpet Dinner, which will be on Oct. 30. Our Society of Professional Women has had outstanding events this summer and the fall schedule is on our websites. A growing series of fall events for our Talent and Education Network will connect employers with outstanding young job candidates. The program features a redesigned website at 

Behind the scenes, we are making a big change that won’t be highly noticeable to our members but will make a difference in our efficiency. We are changing from reporting financials on a calendar year to a fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 each year. The change in the year-end will mean the Chamber team can concentrate more of its time in November and December on working ahead for the following calendar year of programming.   

Members will see this change highlighted in a special ballot that will be emailed in September and a brief annual meeting prior to our Network at Noon on Oct. 28. Our Economic Forecast event in early 2020 will not include the Chamber’s Annual Meeting this year, but rather a State of the Chamber presentation to members. 

Investing in your employees with leadership programming: Recruiting is well under way for our Leadership Principles & Profiles training program, which helps managers become more effective at engaging employees. Nearly half of the 24 seats available are already reserved thanks to word-of-mouth and expressions of interest. This program is a great way to invest in managers, directors, and vice presidents who you believe in and want to provide with tools needed to succeed on a higher level.  

Now is also a good time to think about who you have on your teams who would benefit from the more intensive Leadership Main Line program, which includes nonprofit board leadership training and a class-wide team project for a nonprofit organization as it enters its 18th year in January. We already have our first LML applicant. See the overview sheets for Leadership Principles & Profiles and Leadership Main Line for dates, pricing and additional information. Please feel free to contact me directly with expressions of interest or questions. This high-quality programming is a big part of what sets our organization apart.  

Thank you for your membership and support. 

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