Spartanburg Chamber's Sikma selected for Education Fellowship

Sikma one of 21 selected for nationwide program

Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:00 pm

by Zach Fox

Betsy Neely Sikma, Vice President of Talent and Economic Inclusion at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to study education attainment along with 20 chamber of commerce professionals from communities throughout the United States.

The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development is an immersive executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals with education and tools to improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in the communities they serve.

Throughout the year-long Fellowship for Education & Talent Development, participants are required to develop a regional action project that focuses on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President Sheree Ann Kelly. Speaking on the need for businesses to be more engaged in talent development discussions and outcomes, Fleming says his organization assists its members through various learning opportunities and best practice sharing. “This latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in education attainment maximizes the linkage between qualified talent and economic development goals.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Education and Talent Development is designed to advance a chamber of commerce’s already-defined education attainment goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes.

Leaders selected to participate in the 2018 Fellowship represent communities including Binghamton, New York; Salina, Kansas; Fort Worth, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Fullerton, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Dayton  , Ohio; Spokane, Washington; Omaha, Nebraska; Lafayette, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Bristol, Tennessee; Springfield, Oregon; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Greenville, South Carolina; San Jose, California; Arvada; Colorado; Charleston; South Carolina.

About the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce: The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization supported through membership investment and strategic partnerships. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and lifestyle environment of Spartanburg County. For more information, visit www.spartanburgchamber.com

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