I just spent a week in Indianapolis, at our Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE) annual conference. It was my first conference and I was energized with great work being done in Chambers across the country; and they aren’t always in the largest Chambers. Amazing people, on the ground, serving employers with extraordinary creativity and energy. I spent a lot of time thinking, too, about the season we are in. Today, August 1, is my 5-year anniversary as the President and CEO in service to you at this Chamber. It’s been quite a season together thus far, yes? So much work has been done, building. And ahead I see that we are entering a new season, one of refining. We are shifting gears. And each gear requires different leadership skills.
First and second gears, our building season, have been about restarting, becoming productive and honing our competitive edge on your behalf. We’ve been innovative, we’ve challenged thinking (including our own), and leaned in where needed. As we shift into third gear, our refining season, we are operationalizing the priorities and values we’ve laid out, executing on real work that helps businesses get access – to capital, to opportunity, to new business. And we’re investing in our team, building leaders within who can be increasingly impactful to you and joyfully connected to the work.
We also are responsible for providing a nurturing environment for innovation and invention. And we need partnerships more than ever. Because this is new territory for all of us. Thank you for your ideas, your service, your creativity, your allyship.
Thank you, too, for the privilege of serving you. It continues to be my honor.
See you in the trenches.
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