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A virtual meeting with one of Springfield’s busiest people The Network’s CEO Series continued on June 30, and the featured guest was one of the busiest people in the fight against the coronavirus. The Network had the opportunity to hear from Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and to say members learned…

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A look at COVID-19’s impact on Missouri unemployment On May 20, Chamber members heard an update and guidance on the current unemployment implications of COVID-19 as the state moves towards recovery during the first installment of the 2020 Public Policy Speaker Series. Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR),…

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Staying virtually connected with young professionals Despite the physical distance, members of The Network for Young Professionals have taken the opportunity to stay connected in recent weeks through engaging, live virtual events. The first was held on May 13 featuring Dr. Shelly Farnan and Jana Greig from Burrell Behavioral Health, talking to members about the…

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Connecting virtually with a CEO Young professionals in Springfield have access to key leaders, and social distancing shouldn’t change that. So in an effort to provide some much-needed normalcy for its members, The Network released its first-ever virtual installment of the CEO Series on April 28. The video featured an interview with Rita Baron, principal…

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Gary Gibson: The new man in power Gary Gibson recently took a new job. But he’s pretty familiar with the organization he now leads. Gibson, who took over as general manager and CEO of City Utilities in late December following the retirement of Scott Miller, has been with CU his entire professional career – nearly…

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The impact of higher education on Springfield When you think of the industries that have the biggest impact on the Springfield area, what comes to mind? Health care? Manufacturing? Retail? One of the sectors with the biggest impact is higher education. There are more than 46,000 students in Springfield metro area higher ed institutions, from…

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New leaders offer their insights for the New Year In recent years, it has become a tradition for The Network to start off its year by hearing from the new chair and the new chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. On January 9, nearly 100 YPs gathered at the Chamber to hear from 2020…

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The Network talks about the importance of inclusion Inclusion and diversity are important topics to the health of an organization or a community, but they can also be difficult subjects if they’re not approached the right way. Derrick Nelson and Shannon O’Heron are aware of the potential pitfalls. They lead the inclusion and diversity efforts…

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Growing and developing the culture of your company As companies look at ways to grow, part of the process is finding and retaining the right people – and one of the keys to success is fostering the right company culture. Three local business leaders discussed how their organizations are doing just that during the November…

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