MMAC’s Deblitz Graduates from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program
Fellowship provided state and local chambers with opportunities to engage nationally on critical education and workforce issues.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that Alexis Deblitz, Director of Talent & Industry Partnerships for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Milwaukee 7 Regional Partnership, graduated from its premier business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and statewide trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
Originally selected in February 2020 following a competitive application and selection process, Deblitz graduates with 25 other state and local business leaders from the program’s fourth cohort. The yearlong virtual program covered the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development, and culminated with a recent in-person meeting in Palm Springs, California.
Susan Koehn, Vice President of Talent and Industry Partnerships for MMAC and M7, also graduated from the fellowship program in 2019 and the U.S. Chamber's Talent Pipeline Management Academy in 2017. Talent Pipeline Management is a new way of addressing local skills gaps by positioning employers in a more central role as end-customers of postsecondary education and training providers.
"The training we received through the Business Leads Fellowship and Talent Pipeline Academy will allow MMAC's Talent & Industry Partnerships team to better serve member employers' current and future talent strategies with leading-edge practices, supported by a peer network across the U.S.," Koehn said.
Added Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce: “As clearly displayed throughout this program, state and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development. Not only did the Fellows gain a network of peers and experts in the field, but the program is also designed to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will continue to advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”
Upon program completion, Business Leads Fellows join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 220 individuals from chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the country who regularly engage on the most impactful education and workforce initiatives.
To learn more about the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit businessleads.uschamberfoundation.org.