Fellowship Provides State and Local Business Leaders with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues

Candace Carnahan Headshot 2023WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced Candace Carnahan, President & CEO of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the eighth cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“The connection between education and our future workforce is undeniable and I look forward to expanding our resources by leveraging the knowledge and expertise I will gain access to during this program.” Said Carnahan. “As our talent pipeline continues to be a top challenge to our local business community, I am thrilled to be selected for this opportunity which will allow me to explore innovative and productive practices that are truly moving the needle on skilled-workforce solutions.”

“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Candace was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives, economic development professionals, and association leaders to participate in the eighth class of this program. The six-month program, consisting of both in person and virtual meetings, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of over 250 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.

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