SWM Regional Chamber CEO Selected for National Scholarship Program
Posted 5:52 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that Arthur Havlicek, President and CEO of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, has been selected to participate in the seventh cohort of its first corporate leadership program.
The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders of national and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and business associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to meet challenges most urgent in terms of education and manpower. The six-month program, comprised of in-person and virtual meetings, will cover the entire talent pool, including early childhood education, K-12, post-secondary education and hand development -work.
Following a competitive application and national selection process, Havlicek was selected along with 34 other state and local leaders from across the country to participate in the seventh class of this exclusive program.
“Building the regional workforce is a top priority for our chamber and is critical to Southwest Michigan’s long-term economic competitiveness, success and sustainability,” Havlicek said. “I am honored to have been selected for this National Fellowship and will take the opportunity to learn from the experts and contribute new insights, ideas, and initiatives that unite our community partners and advance our region’s talent initiatives.”
“We created the Business Leads Scholarship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, the Center’s Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce. “They see the essential link between education and economic development better than anyone, and we are pleased to be able to support them as they take on this essential leadership role in their community.
Havlicek will travel to Washington DC on October 3 for the inaugural reunion of this year’s cohort. Upon completion, it will join the dedicated network of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which has more than 250 chambers of commerce and national associations across the country that regularly engage in education and workforce initiatives. .
For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program website website.