Fellowship provides state and local business leaders with opportunities to engage nationally on critical education and workforce issues

January 13, 2022

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Barbara Stapleton, Senior Vice President of Talent Advancement with the Charleston Metro Chamber, as a participant in the sixth 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’m excited for the opportunity as a fellow to elevate and advance our talent initiatives in the Charleston region,” said Barbara Stapleton, Senior Vice President of Talent Advancement for the Charleston Metro Chamber. “The Business Leads Fellowship offers vital insights to support our work in developing a regional workforce system to align into a collective, comprehensive framework that creates shared value, competitiveness and accountability for businesses, education partners and our region’s residents.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Barbara Stapleton was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives, economic development professionals and association leaders to participate in the sixth class of this program. The year-long virtual program, which concludes with an in-person meeting, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education and workforce development.

“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.”

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of over 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.