From Welcome Reception to Closing Session, Academy 2022 Delivers Shared Fun, Useful Info September 8, 2022 W.A.C.E. Insider Third year students work collaboratively on a group activity in B Gorman’s strategic planning class. Seventeen Academy alumni joined us for a two-day Academy Plus program focused on future proofing your chamber, next level financing for chambers, and balance, boundaries and burnout. 118 chamber executives and staff from around the West attended Academy 2022 in Sacramento, CA on August 3–5. Academy-Plus and Academy faculty members Tallia Hart, from the Healdsburg (CA) Chamber, and Nancy Lindholm, ACE, from the West Ventura County (CA) Business Alliance, catch up during a program break. 62 students started their Academy journey attending their first year in 2022. Academy and Academy-Plus attendees get together on Monday night for a dinner and networking event aboard the Delta King riverboat. Second year students laugh together during a group discussion as a part of their Keeping Your Chamber Relevant class. 37 students returned for their second year of classes. 19 students returned for their final year of classes. Their class will graduate at the 2023 Annual Conference in February. Academy kicks off with a welcome reception Sunday at the CalChamber, giving participants an opportunity to collect their event items and meet other attendees before the start of classes.