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Chamber’s “Committee of 100” Sharpens Skills for Challenging Days Ahead

It lasted only THREE days in June, but for many CEOs who lead America’s top business-related trade associations, those 72 hours in Carlsbad, Calif. devoted to sharpening their skills will pay big dividends in the days ahead.

Whether developing strategies to guide key public policy issues before Congress, collecting key economic information for their members or planning ways to stay one step ahead of rapidly expanding technology, the group all agreed that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Association Committee of 100” annual gathering is the single best source to prosper in those arenas and more.

“Best business and public policy practices based on practical experience enable CEOs to advance professionally and take their organizations to new levels of excellence,” said IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. “IFA is a proud member of the chamber and reaps the benefits of this unparalleled peer-based opportunity.”

Although the atmosphere at La Costa Resort and Spa was relaxed, the educational sessions conducted by noted experts from business, economics and public policy were very timely and strategically-focused.

Sessions included:

  • Talent is Overrated – Real Truths of Great Performance. Fortune Magazine Senior Editor-at-Large Geoff Colvin kicked off the meeting on June 21 with an intriguing view of what constitutes great CEO performance.
  • Straight Talk. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pres. & CEO Tom Donohue served up a candid discussion of the economic and public policy challenges facing today’s global business community.
  • Making the Most of Intelligent Failures. What could be more challenging than bouncing back from failure? Columbia Business School Professor Rita McGrath explored intelligent failure with vivid examples and practical advice.
  • What’s Happening on the Hill? Understanding that businesses can’t operate successfully outside of the circle of current public policy and congressional decisions, Chamber Exec. Vice Pres. of Government Affairs R. Bruce Josten sized up the legislative landscape.
  • CEO-to-CEO Breakouts. Provided to foster peer discussions, the three breakout sessions prompted exchanges on social media and blogging, overcoming failure and connecting with a new generation of members.
  • Economic Update. Chamber Senior Vice Pres. and Chief Economist Marty Regalia, Ph.D. outlined the current state of the economy in his direct-to-the-point style.
  • An International Perspective: Charting the Right Course. Chamber Exec. Vice Pres. and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant delivered an informative view of what it takes for a business to achieve and sustain successful international development.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its policy-driven “Association Committee of 100” enables leading trade association CEOs to network, build partnerships and discuss current issues.

Laura Fenwick is manager of publishing for the International Franchise Association. Find her at fransocial.franchise.org via the directory.

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