Chamber Leadership Alliance’s First Chamber Leadership Development Program successfully launched in Houston
The Chamber Leadership Alliance (CLA) held its first Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) in Houston, TX from June 4-5, 2019 in conjunction with the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation’s (USPAACC’s) annual CelebrAsian 2019 Procurement and Business Conference.
The Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is dedicated to the education and development of leaders from state and local chambers who work to support diverse businesses and entrepreneurs. The CLA had 75 participants at the training, comprised of chamber leaders, business owners, and affiliates from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). The CLDP held successful training sessions catered to the CLA’s four core competencies: Fundraising, Grant Writing & Access to Capital; Leadership Development & Chamber Governance; Strategic Planning & Business Plan Development; and Administration & Sustainability. With CLDP experts from various educational institutions and businesses, including Texas A&M and University of New Orleans, participants were able to strengthen previous knowledge, gain new entrepreneurial skills, and build leadership on a national and local level.
Training sessions on day one (1), June 4, began with Dr. Steve Mumford’s Program Logic Model, a tool used to communicate proposals to grant funders in a concise manner. His following session focused on partnerships and allowed participants to create an MOU whilst embedding accountability mechanisms into this process. In addition, Ward Pennebaker led CLA’s afternoon sessions and highlighted the importance of brand strategy and organizational fundraising. By defining clear differentiation, participants learned about the elements of successful branding and case studies attesting to these tools for sustainability. Both speakers comprehensively covered two CLA core competencies and the day ended with a great reception held at The Rustic.
Sessions on day two (2), June 5, began with Dr. Kenneth Taylor’s interactive roundtable discussion about tools to increase board member engagement. In the afternoon, Dr. Taylor presented a workshop on authentic behaviors to increase job satisfaction levels as well as individual and collective performance. Along with these behavioral constructs, participants were trained on developing internal talent and succession plans for the future of their organizations. In conclusion, the second day of conference concentrated on the two remaining CLA core competencies and ended with a certification ceremony to recognize attendants. With insightful training and enthusiastic participation, CLA successfully launched its first Chamber Leadership Development Program with more to come.
The CLA is now preparing for its upcoming trainings in August hosted by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) on August 12-13 in Tampa Bay, FL and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) on August 19-20 in National Harbor, MD. This will be followed by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) on September 28-29 in Albuquerque, NM.
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