Foundation Director Graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Jeff Emanuel

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Jeffrey Emanuel, Director of the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce graduated from its premier business leadership program. The inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

When asked about the Fellowship experience Jeff indicated, “This program allowed me to learn and collaborate with peers from all over the U.S.  We shared our successes, failures, challenges and opportunities.  The US Chamber provided experts willing to impart their knowledge and experiences inspiring us to take action toward improving business and education collaboration and workforce efforts back home.”

“As clearly displayed throughout this program, state and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “Not only did the Fellows gain a network of peers and experts in the field, the program is designed to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will continue to advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Jeffrey was selected along with 32 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the third cohort. The four-month program covered the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.