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WILKES-BARRE — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Shanie Mohamed, economic development specialist of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce, was selected to participate in the sixth cohort of its premiere business leadership program.

The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Leads Fellowship program,” Mohammed said. “I look forward to learning from industry experts and colleagues around the nation, identifying the most innovative practices in the realm of workforce and economic development, and using what I learn to address the most pressing social, economic, and workforce-related challenges facing the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.”

Lindsay Griffin, President and CEO of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, said Mohamed has been a champion in workforce and economic development for the Chamber team and the entire region.

“Her innovative spirit, strategic focus, and ability to be a visionary in all that she does makes her the perfect selection for this prestigious program,” Griffin said. “We could not be more proud of what she has accomplished within our organization and what she will continue to accomplish through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Leads Fellowship program and what it will mean for the impact and growth of our community.”

Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce, said, “We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners. They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Mohamed was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives, economic development professionals, and association leaders to participate in the sixth class of this program. The year-long virtual program, which concludes with an in-person meeting, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, post-secondary education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of over 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.