The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently announced that Amy Luyster, vice president of The Greater Scranton 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.
“It was an honor to have been selected to participate in this fellowship program,” Ms. Luyster said. “Development of a talent pipeline is essential to meeting the current workforce needs of our employers, along with development of our future workforce. The knowledge gained, along with opportunities to network with my peers from across the country, was invaluable. I look forward to working to implement best practices learned within our Skills in Scranton Program of Work.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, Ms. Luyster 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.
“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.”
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.