What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Billings Chamber Invests in Future with NextGen Mentorship Program

Each year the Billings Chamber’s NextGen Learn Action Team facilitates mentorship opportunities between NextGen members and seasoned professionals from within the Billings community. Mentorship offers 1:1 meetings, resources, and access to an expanded network, as well as opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Mentees apply to participate and are paired based on areas of professional interests. The entire experience benefits both mentors and mentees, allowing both to invest in the future of their industry, workforce, and community.

To learn more, visit www.billingschamber.com

NextGen also has a similar program where their NextGen members are the mentors and high school students are the mentees. You can learn about the entire NextGen Emerging Leaders program at billingsnextgen.com.

San Francisco Chamber Holds WELL Conference

The San Francisco (CA) Chamber held its Women Empowering Leadership & Learning Conference in October. The event included a powerful fireside chat, as well as a panel of distinguished businesswomen providing insight into what WELLness truly means and how they can empower themselves and their colleagues creating a more equitable San Francisco.

The program also included a special update from the inaugural WELL free cohort program, which unveiled findings following a six-month long dedication to supporting San Francisco, women-owned small businesses.

To learn more about the WELL program, check out sfchamber.com.

Tempe Chamber Presents Mentor/Protégé Program

With the purpose of “assisting women and men in reaching and achieving their personal and professional goals and creating an environment in which they can prosper and celebrate their success,” the Tempe (AZ) Chamber’s Women in Business Council is offering a Mentoring Program. The program is open to all current chamber members.

Applications were accepted in October, pairings occur in November and the program will run from December until May and end with a Diversity and Leadership Conference and graduation ceremony. During that time, participants will be involved in workshops as well as one-on-one meetings. Protégés pay a small fee to participate, but partial scholarships were available. Mentors are required to pay for their registration to the Diversity & Leadership Conference only.

To view the program guide, visit tempechamberofcommerceaz.growthzoneapp.com.

North Orange County Chamber Launches Podcast

The North Orange County (CA) Chamber is the latest chamber to launch a new podcast. Episode topics will vary from discussing federal, state, and local politics to sharing member information and local community events.

Their first episode debuted in late September, and they hit the ground running by releasing a series of episodes focused on meeting the candidates running for office in North Orange County. At the time of this article there are 12 Meet the Candidate episodes, all released in October. Great work North Orange County Chamber and congratulations on your new podcast! We can’t wait to hear what you come out with next.

Listen and subscribe now at chambertalk.podbean.com

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