Manchester Educators Attend Chamber’s Educator Leadership Summit

Manchester Educators Attend Chamber’s Educator Leadership Summit

The 2017 Educator Leadership Greater Manchester (ELGM) Summit, presented by Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and put on by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), was an action oriented training for 330 Manchester Middle School Educators. It was designed to provide insight into workforce development trends, challenges and opportunities as well as provide concrete ideas for bringing back to the classroom.

In today’s ever-changing world, knowing what opportunities exist in industry and what skills are needed to be successful in them is critical information for educators and students alike. The ELGM Summit featured dynamic speakers from the Manchester business community, who provided insight into how to prepare students to focus on their individual paths to success.

The morning began with a warm welcome from NH Department of Education Commissioner, Frank Edelblut, Manchester Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, GMCC President and CEO, Mike Skelton, and Provost at SNHU, Patty Lynott.


Educators in attendance listened to a panel called, “Skills Needed for Success,” with Sarah Currier, the Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Amanda Osmer, 4th generation Owner at Grappone Automotive Group, and Brian Giguere, VP at BAO.

Educators then participated in an energetic activity with Keynote Presenter, Youth Beatz, where National touring rock drummer, Mr. Rich, provided an inspirational musical enrichment session!


Following the drumming was a “Lighting Round,” with the coolest businesses in Manchester. Included in this session was Gray Chynoweth, Chief Membership Officer & Deputy COO, ARMI; Cor de Jong, Owner, Cabonnay Restaurant; Heather Lavoie, Chief Strategy Officer, Geneia; Chris LeGrand, Vice President, Maia Strategy Group; and Travis York, President & CEO, GYK Antler.



Not only are these businesses doing incredible things that contribute to Manchester’s renaissance, but each presenter had a very specific and interesting tie to the city that made for great storytelling. One of the main takeaways from this session was really that, students don’t need to leave NH to do remarkable things!

Following closing marks with Dean Decelle with UNH Manchester, educators transitioned to tours of the following Manchester businesses: Oracle + Dyn, Eversource, Hoyle Tanner/CLD Engineering, Next Step Bionics, Scribe, Geneia, FIRST, PillPack, Autodesk, BAO, Harvard Pilgrim, Radisson, Manchester Makerspace, Catholic Medical Center, Moore Center, St. Mary’s Bank and Brady Sullivan Properties.

Educators walked away from the day energized, with the knowledge and tools necessary to create new and unique curriculum designed to ensure students are prepared for the NH workforce of tomorrow.
A special thanks to the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2017 for raising funds that supported gift bags for the educators at this summit, and to our Sponsors:

Principal Sponsor: Southern New Hampshire University

Education Champions: University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Grappone Automotive Group, Outdoor Pride

Backpack Sponsors: Members First Credit Union, St. Mary’s Bank, Melanson Heath


MORE ABOUT the 2017 Educator Leadership Greater Manchester Summit in The New Hampshire Union Leader

MORE ABOUT the 2017 Education Leadership Greater Manchester Summit from WMUR