Richmond, Ind. – Professional Development and growth opportunities for members of the Wayne County workforce remain a top focus for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. This is evident in their latest announcement showcasing a partnership with the Shafer Leadership Academy.
A new educational offering called “Next Level” will bring experts to Wayne County to facilitate interactive workshops on various topics, such as leading multi-generational teams and discovering the power of introverts. In addition, Chamber members will be able to attend virtual workshops such as Creating Extraordinary Moments and Fostering a Welcoming Workplace.
“We know that when our businesses invest in their people, performance improves and loyalty strengthens,” said Chamber President/CEO Melissa Vance. “This added member benefit could be one of the best we have added in recent years.”
The Chamber has demonstrated leadership in workforce education through its annual Chamber Business Summit in partnership with Indiana University East. This will be the third year of bringing in keynote speakers and utilizing local experts to lead breakout sessions. This year’s Summit will be held on October 13. Registration will open on August 28.
HYPE Wayne County (Helping Young Professionals Engage), a committee of the Chamber, holds several learning and social opportunities throughout the year. They are now accepting applications for their program, WC Leads, a cohort of young professionals honing skills such as leading a team, project management, emotional intelligence, and excellence in communication. The program kicks off at the Chamber Business Summit in October and meets on periodic half-days in the following months. Those completing the program will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Dinner in January.
A Harvard Business Review article states, “The evidence suggests…: We could improve productivity if we stopped systematically underinvesting in human capital…. Beyond wages, other forms of investment in human capital include education and training, improved healthcare, and other, less obvious investments, such as the time and space to explore new ideas and professional development opportunities.”
Roy Ferman of Forbes Finance Council sums it up, “Organizations that maintain a high-development culture are more likely to have engaged employees. Plain and simple.”
To learn more about the Chamber’s educational offerings or how to further engage your team, visit WCAreaChamber.org.
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