November Letter from Julie

One of my favorite quotes is:

"Change begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Roy T. Bennett

This is so true in so many ways and especially as I move into my third full month of leading the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. I know that I will be uncomfortable for quite some time, however, I also know that without the capacity for change it's hard to make progress at anything.  

This year the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber re-vamped its Leadership Program and partnered with Heart-to-Heart Leadership of Akron to facilitate the program which took place monthly beginning in June.  Being mindful of all safety protocols the class was able to meet throughout the summer and into fall.  In November, the SMF Leadership Class of 2021 graduates and the participants will take with them their newfound skills based on the theme of Moving Communities Forward.  These graduates spent their time and focus on what it takes to catalyze change.  They developed their core skills of appreciative inquiry, mindfulness, and self-care, mastering effective communication, leadership presence, widening their sphere of influence, and structuring partnerships for change.  The graduates had the opportunity to hear from leaders in Healthcare, Education, Business, Government, and Nonprofits, addressing business/service challenges in careers and the specific dialogue on implementation of the core skills and how each sector applies the core skills differently or the same.  

We are looking forward to seeing our graduates implement what they've learned and will continue to build upon this program and growing our Alumni Association of leadership graduates in the Stow-Munroe Falls Community.   This program is a key component to one of our goals of providing our members professional development opportunities and building the skills of our young professionals in both our communities.  We want to thank Jeremy Lile of Heart-to-Heart Leadership of Akron for facilitating this program and we look forward to mentoring a new set of leaders as we prepare for the Class of 2022.

I also want to make sure that you "Save the Date" of the evening of February 3 for our NEW SMFCC Business Summit Awards!  This new awards program will present and celebrate those Stow and Munroe Falls Businesses nominated in one of the following categories: Leadership, Innovation, Business Growth (0-5 years and 5+ years) and Minority or Women-Owned Business Award for 2021.  If you would like to nominate your business or one that you admire for their tenacity in one of these categories, criteria and nomination forms will be available on the website in December.  Sponsorship opportunities are also being finalized and will be publicized soon as well.

 If you weren't able to attend the October luncheon outside at Silver Springs Park, you missed out on one of the last beautiful days of fall!  Michelle Curry of Middle Path Counseling sponsored and taught us the value of self-care, especially now that we are all going back inside for the next 6 months.  Thank you, Michelle!  Our upcoming November luncheon will be sponsored by Jesse Hurst of Impel Wealth Management and will take place at Silver Lake Country Club. Please register make sure you register soon!

Lastly, we hope you had an opportunity to look over our slate of potential new board members for 2022.  We are excited to continue to refresh the chamber and although it might be too late to nominate yourself or a fellow member for a board seat this year, it's never too late to volunteer on one of our committees!  We want to maximize your membership and provide you with relevant, interesting, and fun programs and events and could use your help!!!