U.S. Chamber Foundation Selects Adrian Hale for Fellowship

Adrian Hale

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation selected Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Sr. Manager, Workforce/Economic Development and Education Initiatives Adrian Hale to participate in the second 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.

Center for Education and Workforce Sr. Vice President Cheryl Oldham said, “We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners.  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.”

Hale said, “There is no better time to take advantage of this remarkable opportunity as our city schools confront enormous structural challenges. This fellowship will help inform and equip the ways in which Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, its members, and the broader business community contribute to our community’s collective reform effort.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leads Fellowship will allow me to hear from national experts, scholars, practitioners, and create a network of support to ensure we are leveraging all our thoughts and resources for the betterment of education in Greater Rochester.  This can help strengthen a system that for far too many children in our community may be the only path out of a life of poverty, hardship, and adversity.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, The U.S. Chamber Foundation selected Hale along with 33 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the second class of the program. The three-month program, which concludes in July 2019, covers 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 that regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.