I recently had the honor of helping to congratulate the Leadership Greater Manchester (LGM) Class of 2015 on their graduation from the year-long program. It was a great evening of celebrating the incredible dedication and accomplishments of the graduating class.
The message shared by the speakers at the program was to challenge the graduates on what’s next? Meaning what’s next for their journey as leaders in the community? The LGM program, for nearly three decades, has sought to educate, engage, and develop the next generation of community leaders in the Greater Manchester region. A key barometer of the program’s success is ensuring graduates translate their experience in LGM into engagement in the community, whether it be through joining a nonprofit board, volunteering, running for public office, or getting more involved in the community through the Chamber.
Ensuring the Chamber has a variety of relevant and fresh volunteer opportunities available to LGM graduates and members has and continues to be a key priority. Here is a rundown of these opportunities…
Government Affairs Committee (GAC) – The GAC is the policy recommending body of the Chamber and reviews pending legislation and key policy issues impacting the business community.
Infrastructure Committee – Quality infrastructure is the backbone of economic development and this committee serves as the Chamber’s ͞think tank͟ for analyzing pending issues and projects and helping to educate the membership and community on the status of these key infrastructure projects.
Downtown Committee – The Chamber’s Downtown committee is responsible for representing the interests of downtown stakeholders and addressing critical issues like public safety, beautification, signage, and generally ensuring vibrancy and economic health of Manchester’s downtown and Millyard area.
Ambassador Committee – Ambassadors serve as the Chamber’s welcome team and help new and existing members get engaged in the organization and at Chamber events throughout the year.
Leadership Greater Manchester Steering Committee – The steering committee is the steward of the Chamber’s leadership program and plans and executes all of the programming associated with the program. The committee also reviews and selects each LGM class from a competitive pool of applicants each spring.
Leadership Greater Manchester Alumni Committee – Calling all LGM graduates! The alumni committee plays the critical role of engaging LGM graduates in special programs and events that promote leadership, community service, and raise funds for scholarships to the LGM program.
Event/Program (Citizen of the Year Celebration & Golf Tournament) Committees – With more than 100 events and programs throughout the year the Chamber is always looking for volunteers to help improve our events. Two new initiatives, an economic development
Two new initiatives, an economic development taskforce and a new committee focused on education and workforce development issues, are also in the process of being formed and will provide additional volunteer opportunities in the future.
Regardless of where your interests or passions lie, the Chamber has a variety of opportunities for you to engage and ensure the vibrancy and health of our community, local businesses, and the Chamber itself. Ready to join one of these efforts starting this fall? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Sign me up for a committee!” in the subject line and tell us where you’d like to get engaged. We look forward to hearing from you and all we can accomplish together as one unified business community!