For Immediate Release
March 5, 2020
President & CEO
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Beth Rhinehart Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program
Fellowship Provides 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 today announced Beth D. Rhinehart, President & CEO of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of its premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.
“I am so pleased to have this opportunity alongside other fellows across the nation to address the #1 issue we hear from our business community – education and talent development. My background in education and business closely aligns me with this fellowship opportunity to both learn and share innovative and relevant initiatives to support businesses and advance our economic competitiveness as a region”.
“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”
Following a competitive application and selection process, Rhinehart was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives and association leaders to participate in the fourth class of this program. The four-month program, which concludes in July 2020, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.
Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.
For a full list of participants in the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.