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Members Only: PAC Webinar Series (February 22 and March 1)

With legislative session in progress, the NC Chamber was thrilled to host an exclusive NC Chamber PAC Webinar Series, featuring leaders from both aisles of the N.C. General Assembly. They provided an outlook of their legislative priorities, shared perspectives on immediate and long-term key issues impacting the business community, and concluded with an opportunity for participants to join the discussion with Q&A. Recording not available for this program.

Member Roundtable: Chamber Leadership Addresses Vaccination Rollout and the 2021 Legislative Session (February 8 and 10)

At this virtual meeting, tailored for business leaders who lead organizations and teams, members received an update from the NC Chamber’s Government Affairs team, discussed latest member survey findings related to Covid-19 vaccine and its rollout, and had an opportunity to address specific questions. Facilitated by Ray Starling, general counsel for the NC Chamber and president of the NC Chamber Legal Institute, and Gary J. Salamido, MS, CEO of the NC Chamber, as a speaker. Recording not available for this program.

Members Only: New Faces of the Council of State: Education & Workforce Update (January 21)

The NC Chamber was pleased to virtually introduce two incoming members of the Council of State to the statewide business community: newly elected Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Catherine Truitt and Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson. They provided a preview of their upcoming priorities impacting North Carolina’s businesses in the current economic environment and shared their perspectives on immediate and long-term challenges and opportunities in education and workforce. Recording not available for this program.

Connect Your Community: Breaking Barriers with Accessible Transportation (December 15, 2020)

The lack of equal access to affordable, reliable transportation in underserved communities leads not only to opportunity barriers and deepening equity gaps, but inability to meet needs as basic as obtaining food and medical care. Impact-driven organizations, including My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Urban League, United Way, and Goodwill, have joined forces with Lyft, to provide job seekers with rides to job training, interviews, and jobs, as well as assist low-income families and seniors with transportation to grocery stores, hospitals, and access to other essential services. Former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation under President Obama, and current chief policy officer and senior advisor to president and CEO at Lyft, presents on how social programs, engaged policy makers, and partnerships between local businesses and support organizations can help address local transportation issues and lift up communities. Watch here.

A Stronger Workforce: The Business Case for Second Chance Employment, Part 2 (December 10, 2020)

At a time when talent supply presents the ultimate dilemma for employers in many industries, second chance employment offers a practicable solution for expanding skilled labor force. While the first installment in this webinar series, sponsored by Smith Anderson, emphasized the need and benefits to job seekers, job creators, and communities, this session focused on implementation. As part of a panel discussion, attendees had the opportunity to hear application strategies of second chance hiring in their business, address the topic from an administration angle (including available state and local resources), and gain deeper insights from the perspectives of an employment attorney and a government representative for successful execution. Watch here.

Members Only: 2020 Post-Election Update & Analysis (November 10; November 12, 2020)

The NC Chamber is pleased to offer its Member Roundtable series. Open only to member companies, these meetings bring together business executives and NC Chamber leadership to discuss specific topics currently impacting the business community. During this quarter’s virtual roundtable, we will review 2020 Election outcomes (including breakdown of federal, state, and judicial races), discuss key take-aways ranging from results analysis to fundraising, preview any leadership changes and its implications, and conclude with a live Q&A session. Recording not available for this program.

A Stronger Workforce: The Business Case for Second Chance Hiring (September 29, 2020)

Jessie Smith, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government; and Director of the UNC-Chapel School of Government’s Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, provides a sobering, data-rich assessment of NC’s criminal justice system. Following her overview, Fifth Third Bank’s Jeff Korzenik and SEPI Inc’s Mariah Agsten provide the employer perspective on second chance hiring, underscoring the benefits to job seekers, job creators, and communities as a whole. Watch here.

Education: The Road to Recovery and Resiliency (May 5, 2020)

COVID-19 forced numerous industries to quickly re-think the delivery of products and services. One of the biggest shifts occurred in education, with more than two million students in public or private schools and universities shifting to a virtual learning, at-home format. Join us Tuesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. as education leaders discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our state’s education systems and what the road to recovery looks like. Speakers include Peter Hans, president of NC Community Colleges; Dr. Randy Woodson, chancellor of NC State University; and Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Vance County Schools and NC Superintendent of the Year. Watch here.