This is it! Welcome to the Chamber's new look! We are delighted to introduce the new logo for the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. We wanted to recognize the rich heritage of the City of Holyoke and our Chamber's never-ending support for promoting business and the quality of life in the community! The symbol of evolution enveloping our famous City Hall clock tower ends with a positive, upward direction of growth, something we continuously strive to achieve for our members! The Greater Holyoke Chamber is proud to be the foundation for commercial investment and economic development in our great city!
A big thanks to our newest member, Jerland Advertising, for the creation of our awesome Chamber logo!
Join us at the Log Cabin on September 28 for the 2018
Women & the Art of Risk, a women's leadership event featuring
workshops, discussions and career development opportunities,
all led by distinguished woman from the Pioneer Valley. Hear
personal & professional stories of how taking calculated risks
led these women to new adventures & made them stronger leaders.
Run of the Day:
8:00 am Registration | Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 Keynote
9:45 - 10:45 Speaker Session
11:00 - 12:00 Speaker Session
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Panel
2:00 - 3:00 Networking
Our 2018 Keynote
Millions of people around the world, from executives to bright college students to Academy award winners,secretly worry they're not as bright and capable as other people, think, they are. It's called the Impostor Syndrome and it hurts individuals and the organization. Fortunately, there is a cure. Join us for an interactive presentation led by speaker and award-winning author.
Dr. Young is an internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome. She has spoken to over 80,000 people at such diverse organizations as Apple, Boeing, Merck, IBM, McDonalds, Intel, Facebook, Raymond James, Chrysler, BP, Motley Fool, Women in Commercial Real Estate, Society of Women Engineers, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and many others. Her book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women (Random House) is now available in five languages and her advice has appeared in dozens of major publications around the world including BBC radio, CNN Money, The Wall Street Journal, Science, and O magazine. In her surprisingly humorous yet highly practical keynote Valerie promises to help you or those you manage or mentor to interrupt needless self-doubt.
Breakout Sessions: Art of Balance - Amanda Garcia CPA, CFP, MS, Director of the Center for Entrepreneural Leadership, Elms College Art of Storytelling - Sandra Costello, Sandra Costello Photography Art of Leadership - Dr. Christina Royal, President, Holyoke Community College Art of Self-Promotion - Kim Kenney-Rockwal, MBA, SPHR, Dir. MBA Program, Assis. Prof. of Business Management, Elms College
We asked you for your "Story of Risk" and are pleased to announce that we have selected four dynamic stories that will be told at our event. Here is a bit about their stories.
Kasey Corsello _ Prior to opening Corsello's Butcheria, we lived a very comfortable life, allowing me to stay home and raise our two children. _ The list of risks were long; uncertainty, comfort, unknowns, financial. _ But, once we opened the shop, no matter the risk, the unknown was now known. The anxiety began to go away and I began to be comfortable with risk and its outcome.
Lori Divine-Hudson _ I spent the first part of my life doing everything I was supposed to. _ I didn't listen to my heart- rather to my elders for many things. _ My dream to be a doctor was just that, and at the age of 60, when most are starting to retire my partner and I bought 2 old mill buildings in Holyoke and created Gateway City Arts. _ There was no model for this endeavor, my business experience was limited, and the stigma of Holyoke at the time was all a risk.
Kelly Holbrook _ I was ready to walk away from my successful career as hair stylist & salon owner. _ But instead of giving up on a career that I was really good at I took a risk and signed up for a accelerated MBA program that changed my life. _ I looked beyond life as a business owner and embraced my inner entrepreneur and took it all to the next level.
Jossie Valentin _ I identified with the fact that the Latino and Puerto Rican population in the city of Holyoke was almost 50%, with no representation in city government. _ 2013 marked the year that I took a risk and began a grass roots campaign to run for city council and won by 74%. _ I am now in my third term proudly representing the city of Holyoke as a woman, a Puerto Rican, and a lesbian; welcoming the challenge and risk that I would hands down do all over.