National Mentoring Month
Tucson Metro Chamber & the Emerging Leaders Council
January kicks off National Mentoring Month which is only fitting for our Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) as they welcome new members to the group and are paired with their mentors this month! The Tucson Metro Chamber is proud to host & sponsor the Emerging Leaders Council and provide a unique opportunity for this group of future leaders of our community.
Recognizing a gap and need for mentorship at a higher level, a visionary group of Tucson Metro Chamber members took initiative that led to the successful ELC Program that we have today. The ELC was founded in 2014 under the leadership of Ben Korn | Safeguard, Melissa Dulaney-Moule | T.E.P., and Whitney Thistle | United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and is supported by the Tucson Metro Chamber’s executive team and it’s Board of Directors.
What differentiates this group is it’s demonstrated commitment to mentorship. Each ELC member is paired with an accomplished senior executive who can help them navigate the road ahead with valuable insight and experience. These mentors come from a range of industries that complement the ELC member’s potential career paths and are thoughtfully paired through an in-depth matching process. Whether they meet weekly or monthly – via zoom or a phone call, the transferring of knowledge on both sides is a learning experience that gives back tenfold.
Click here to read a Mentor Highlight on Edmund Marquez, long-time community supporter and mentor: https://tucsonchamber.org/elc/28027/
These diverse ELC members are under-40,upwardly mobile young professionals rooted in the Tucson community whose mission is to accelerate the growth of Tucson’s business climate along with their own careers. They represent the “best in class” from companies across a variety of local organizations including private, public and non-profit. At monthly roundtable meetings, the ELC has robust discussions about what political, economic and social challenges we face here in Southern Arizona. The ELC also regularly hosts guest speakers including prominent local elected leaders and key business leaders who share valuable insights about our community and career development.
The Emerging Leaders Council also serves as a contributor to members of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors on issues involving strategies to keep Tucson competitive in a world economy. We at the Tucson Metro Chamber are proud to reinvest into this incredible group of community members as we remain committed to being the connector of leaders and influencers, catalyst for business growth, and champion for a stronger community.