The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Business Lead Fellowship provides state and regional business leaders with opportunities to engage nationally on critical education and workforce issues.
Orlando, Fla., and Washington , D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Patricia Thomas, associate director of programs and partnerships at the Orlando Economic Partnership, was selected to participate in the fifth 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.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected for this esteemed program and look forward to learning alongside talent and workforce development leaders from across the country.”Patricia Thomas, associate director of programs and partnerships at the Orlando Economic Partnership
“Working closely with them throughout this Fellowship and developing relationships with them will no doubt result in mutual support and benefit for our individual initiatives,” said Thomas. “And of course, I am excited for the opportunity to represent Orlando and the Partnership and to bring back quality programming strategies to our region.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, Thomas was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives and association leaders to participate in the fifth class of this program. The yearlong virtual program, which concludes with an in-person meeting in June 2022, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners.”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,” said Oldham.
Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will 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.
For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.