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Baseball Lessons for Chamber Pros

10/21/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby reached out to a some baseball fans in the industry and came up with a list of lessons chamber professionals can learn from the sport and some of the people involved in it. These tips will certainly help you take your bat off your shoulder and start swinging for the fences.

Duration:00:07:22

Brad Hicks Takes on Challenges of Being a CEO

10/7/2019
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Brad Hicks, President and CEO of The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR), talks about how a career coach helped change his perspective on his job and the challenges of living in the community as CEO of the local chamber in an interview with W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby. Follow Medford/Jackson County Chamber: @MedfordChamber Follow Dave Kilby: @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:12:23

Nathan Ahle - Becoming a Next-Generation Chamber CEO

9/16/2019
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As President and CEO of the Fresno Chamber, Nathan Ahle leads one of California's larger chambers while under the age of 40. Dave Kilby sits down with Nathan to discuss his path to the Fresno Chamber and how he approached the stark contrast and the challenges of replacing a predecessor who was more than twice his age. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE Follow Nathan Ahle on Twitter: @nmahle Follow the Fresno Chamber on Twitter: @fresno_chamber

Duration:00:15:11

Are There Too Many Chambers?

9/3/2019
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It may seem like an odd question coming from an association for chamber executives but when you look at if from a different perspective, it offers a lot to think about. W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby tackles the question, "Are there too many chambers?" and takes a look at the answer through the lens of the most important factor in the equation - the member.

Duration:00:05:10

Diane Schwenke Talks About the Evolution of Chambers

8/19/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby sits down with Diane Schwenke from the Grand Junction Area (CO) Chamber of Commerce to get her perspective on the evolution of the chamber industry and her recipe for success. Follow the Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast Follow the Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE Follow the Grand Junction Chamber on Twitter: @GJChamber

Duration:00:10:15

Hot Topics From W.A.C.E. Workshops

8/5/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby takes a quick look at the areas that lead to the most questions from volunteer leaders as well as the chief paid staff members during the ABCs of a Successful Chamber workshops. Learn about a variety of topics from bylaws to board elections and much more. Don't forget to share this episode with your Board of Directors. Follow Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE Do you have a success story or...

Duration:00:07:31

Mulligans: Chamber Champions Talk About Do-Overs

7/15/2019
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Golfers aren't the only ones that like mulligans. Chamber leaders have their fair share of things they would do differently given the chance. W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby shares a few responses from chamber leaders he received while writing his book "Chamber Champions: Wisdom for the Ages." Take a few minutes to listen - it might prevent you from needing a mulligan. Follow the Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:04:57

Four Components of a Successful Government Affairs Program

7/1/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby shares four integral parts of a successful government affairs program that will help your committee be more effective and see more victories. Focus on these four Ps and success will soon follow. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE Follow the Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast

Duration:00:05:24

Tips to Effectively Communicate Your Chamber's Value

6/17/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby dives into some quick and easy tips that you can implement today and vastly improve the effectiveness of your communications. Whether you are fully digital or still using printed materials, these tips work on all platforms. Follow the Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:06:24

Living Up to the New Chamber Brand

6/3/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby talks about the new resource available to members of the association and how "The Chamber Is..." brand campaign looks to clarify the role of the chamber and challenge each chamber to live up to the brand of the 21st Century Chamber of Commerce. Follow Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast

Duration:00:05:08

Your Checklist for a Peak Performing Board

5/20/2019
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By way of asking 16 key questions, W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby invites you to rate your board of directors on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being poor and 4 being excellent, and see what your BPA (Board Performance Average) is. Hopefully it's a 4.0 - just like your high school GPA, right?

Duration:00:06:07

What's Next for the 3Cs with Pat Patrick - Part 2

5/6/2019
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After chatting about the chamber branding project in part one of this two-part interview, W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby asks Pat Patrick, President and CEO of the Lodi District Chamber, about some of best advice he received from his mentor earlier in his career and how it has helped him and the chamber succeed. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveKilbyWACE Lodi District Chamber: https://www.lodichamber.com

Duration:00:11:22

What's Next for the 3Cs with Pat Patrick - Part 1

4/15/2019
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W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby invites Pat Patrick President and CEO of the Lodi District Chamber to talk about how the 3Cs were determined and what's on the horizon for the project in part one of this two-part interview. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveKilbyWACE Lodi District Chamber https://www.lodichamber.com/

Duration:00:12:46

How Important is Your Title?

4/1/2019
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When it comes to titles for the chief paid staff member of a chamber, you might not think it matters, but think again. W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby talks about the perception of different titles in the industry. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:06:01

Government Contracts: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Public Funds

3/18/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby asks some key questions that chambers should think about when entering the arena of public funds for services provided. Learn some best practices to stay out of trouble and discover some signs that indicate your chamber has become dependent on a government handout. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE Follow the Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter: @WACEPodcast

Duration:00:07:52

Discover New Perspectives

3/4/2019
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Many chambers have started offering trips to foreign countries. But what if your chamber offered a trip that had a more significant impact? In this episode, W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby discusses how chambers are stepping outside of their community for advocacy and answers. Follow The Chamber Leadership Podcast on Twitter @WACEPodcast Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:06:17

How to Become a 3C Chamber

2/19/2019
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W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby talks about what it looks like when a chamber is truly embracing the 3Cs -- a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for stronger communities. It may not be as simple as following a recipe for you favorite dish, but it doesn't need to be that hard either. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:06:02

Keith Woods Talks About Chambers and Relevancy

2/4/2019
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Keith Woods, CEO of the North Coast Builders Exchange, has spent plenty of time as a senior executive and CEO of many chambers including the San Jose, San Francisco and the Santa Rosa Chambers but now spends his time on the other side of the spectrum as a dues-paying member of several chambers. Keith sits down with W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby to discuss a range of topics like what has changed over the years, molasses points, guts and glitz, and the downfall of chambers needing to...

Duration:00:20:42

Turning up the Heat on Elected Officials

1/22/2019
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With many new elected officials at the local, regional, state and national levels there are many new opportunities for chambers to represent the business interests with government. W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby offers some tips to get your chamber "grassroots ready" so that when an issue arises, your chamber and your members can turn up the heat on elected officials. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:07:09

Time to Rock the Boat!

1/7/2019
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It's easy to go with the flow and do things the way they have always been done but in order to be a leader in your community, you're going to have to make some waves now and then. W.A.C.E. President and CEO Dave Kilby challenges chambers to embrace the 3Cs in this episode of the Chamber Leadership Podcast and start becoming problem solvers in their communities. Follow Dave Kilby on Twitter @DaveKilbyWACE

Duration:00:04:39