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

“This experience will strengthen relationships, grow knowledge and develop professionals ready to tackle everyday chamber issues with well-thought-out solutions.”

Bo Hellams, President and CEO, Bullhead Area (AZ) Chamber

“The content and educators at Academy are top notch. It is almost as if someone has been secretly watching my chamber and created this program personally for me! How do they know what I need to know to improve and grow my organization?!”

Rachel Beld, CEO, Vista (CA) Chamber

“This has been an incredible experience. Academy has provided me with different tools to better serve our members and our community. What I have learned has allowed me to become a better leader and see my chamber through a different lens, bring new ideas to our organization and collaborate with other chamber pros.”

Silvia Reed, Business Development and Foundation Director, Mount Vernon (WA) 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 Kahikina III, President and CEO, Greater Kings County (CA) 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