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Jodi Owczarski Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Jodi Owczarski Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Fellowship Provides State and Local Business Leaders with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Jodi Owczarski, President & CEO of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the seventh 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.


“Over the summer, our team met with more than 100 Chamber members to understand the current state of their organization.  The number one issue they are facing, regardless of industry or organization size, was workforce and talent development,” said Owczarski. “The program offered by the US Chamber will provide tangible assistance in delivering meaningful support to our members to address these issues.”


“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.”


Following a competitive application and selection process, Ms. Owczarski was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives, economic development professionals, and association leaders to participate in the seventh class of this program. The six-month program, consisting of both in person and virtual meetings, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development.


Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of over 250 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.


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