Lamson will join 36 other business leaders from around the nation to learn how the business community can utilize its assets to drive positive transformation in communities across America in education and workforce training.
“Educating and training Americans for the jobs of the 21st century is essential to long-term economic growth in this country,” said Arthur J. Rothkopf, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This program will allow the business community to play an active role in improving students’ success and the United State’s ability to compete globally.”
The seminar, part of a $2.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the first of five Business LEADs Institutes that will develop and train a network of business leaders on education issues, network organization and communications. The goal is to empower participants to be effective advocates for improving America’s education system.
“I am honored to be one of the few selected to attend this conference,” Lamson said. “I believe it will only strengthen our efforts here in Scotland County, and we will be able to make some important connections with leaders in education/workforce development from across the country.
“The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce has proven to be deeply committed to the success of Scotland County and its citizens,” said Rothkopf. “The Business LEADs program will provide leaders like the chamber with the knowledge and resources to help prepare the next generation of young people for a rapidly changing world.”
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce is the non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The institute promotes educational standards and job training systems. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.