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CHAMBER LEADER SELECTED FOR EDUCATION FELLOWSHIP


For Immediate Release
Aug. 9, 2017

Contact:
Jared Hitchens
Communications Specialist, Topeka Chamber
785.969.3945

Chamber leader selected for education fellowship
Stapleton one of 21 nationwide selected to participate

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Barbara Stapleton, Vice President of Workforce & Education for GO Topeka, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to study education attainment and workforce development along with 20 other chamber of commerce professionals from communities throughout the United States.

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

“I am thrilled that Barbara’s skill and commitment to her profession are being recognized with this fellowship,” said Matt Pivarnik, President and CEO of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and GO Topeka. “What she learns will benefit the entire community. Coupled with the critical nature of cradle-to-career to the success of the Momentum 2022 plan, this opportunity could not have come at a better time.”

Throughout the year-long Fellowship for Education Attainment, participants are required to develop a regional action plan 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 Mick Fleming. 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 Attainment 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 2017 Fellowship represent communities including Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; Vail, Colorado; Brockton, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Corpus Christi, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Evansville, Indiana; Frankfort, Kentucky; Fullerton, California; Greenwood, South Carolina; Helena, Montana; Irving, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Mason, Ohio; Raleigh, North Carolina; Salina, Kansas; Topeka, Kansas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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