Member Testimonials on W.A.C.E. Academy

“Academy goes beyond your typical industry professional development program. The program continues to give me the knowledge, confidence and connections to continue my own career in the chamber industry.”

Molly Schiff
Director of Member and Community Engagement
Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber

“Academy has been incredibly insightful and proactive in developing me as a chamber professional. The programming is relevant, thought provoking and, most importantly, applicable. I especially appreciate the ability to network, collaborate and commiserate with the only people who can understand what and why we chamber.”

Myke Munroe
Membership and Business Development
Murietta/Wildomar (CA) Chamber

“This has been a great experience. To be in one room with so much knowledge has been the greatest take-away. Knowing that I have created a powerhouse support system through networking, will be a saving grace. Can’t wait to start implementing all that I’ve learned. Looking forward to year #2.”

DeVika Stalling
President and CEO
Lompoc Valley (CA) Chamber

“The W.A.C.E. Academy allowed me to broaden my Chamber knowledge, allowed me to meet and learn from inspiring chamber leaders and gain additional leadership skills. I came away with lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge I didn’t have before regarding the different aspects of the Chamber industry and the important role it plays in developing a dynamic business community.”

Benjamin Kahikini III
President and CEO
Greater Kings County (CA) Chamber

“Academy is a great opportunity to change your thinking about a chamber and a corporation/company. It was truly empowering.”

Dara Schumacher
Director of Leadership Hillsboro and Member Investment
Washington County (OR) Chamber

“As a third year chamber executive, the W.A.C.E. Academy could not be more in step with the real-life issues we face day-to-day. The instruction is top-notch (even entertaining at times)! The engagement piece with others in our cohort adds to the value, as their stories and insight bring the reality to all that we grapple with. I leave each session with pages of notes and resources that I immediately take action on. Lastly, I would say the friendships I have established along the way will be long-lasting and I have enjoyed keeping in touch and even visiting some of them at their chamber in other states. I look forward to year #3!”

Tara Doyle-Enneking
President and CEO
Puyallup Sumner (WA) Chamber