• Danielle Fitz-Hugh Graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

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    September 13, 2019
    Danielle Fitz-Hugh Graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program
     
    Fellowship Provided State and Local Chambers with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues
     
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Danielle Fitz-Hugh, President of the Chesterfield 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.
     
    “This program has enabled me as the leader of Chamber to be better equipped to work directly with businesses on a clear path of building talent into gaining employment, says Danielle Fitz-Hugh, Chamber President.  “We have seen and listened to real-time solutions for our workforce issues that create opportunities for business growth when they have talent that can deliver products or services.”
     
    “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, Danielle Fitz-Hugh was selected along with 32 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the second 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.
     
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