2020 Conference in Portland to Feature Talks Focusing on ‘Future of Chambers’

What will chambers be like in 2030?

Will chambers be more relevant or in slow decline?

What are the biggest influences, opportunities and threats to the chamber business?

Does the chamber industry have the willingness to take risks and lead?

These are just a few of the possible questions that could be answered during a Friday general session on “The Future of Chambers” at the 2020 conference in Portland.

“We are living in a time of rapid change at every level of society. From technological advances to economic disruption and social change, chambers must be prepared to not only thrive in today’s environment, but position themselves for an uncertain future,” said W.A.C.E. Chair Todd Sanders, president/CEO of the Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber.

“Our ‘Future of Chambers’ session represents a unique opportunity to hear what chamber industry thought leaders see as crucial elements for success today, tomorrow and into the future.”

Call for Presenters

The conference committee is planning to select a handful of presenters to take the stage and share short (10-minute) thought-provoking talks on the topic “Chambers 2030: The Future of Chambers.”

To be considered as one of the presenters, you must fill out the “call for presenters” form that is included in this issue of Insider and attach a 300-word summary of your talk.

The deadline to submit the application form is Monday, December 9.

“Those applying are reminded that this is NOT a ‘show and tell’ session about what your chamber is doing,” said 2020 Conference Chair Brad Hicks, president/CEO of The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR). “We’re looking for bold talks that will definitely make our conference attendees think.”

The plan is for the selection of the presenters to be announced on Friday, December 20.