EPIC members enjoyed generous hospitality and beautiful views at the Sylvania Country Club. Socials are an opportunity for our members to connect with one another, while enjoying a local attraction. Additionally, Socials are a great time for potential members to learn more about EPIC. View the photo gallery below. Our July Social will be a boat cruise hosted on the Sandpiper. It will be a sell-out event so register early: http://www.epictoledo.com/epic-events/.
EPIC Members Connect with Colonel Craig Baker
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Thirty-five EPIC Toledo members had the opportunity to have breakfast with Col. Craig Baker, Commander 180th Fighter Wing and listen to his “Four Principles of Effective Leadership.” EPIC Members had an enjoyable and educational morning complete with a Q & A session, gear demonstrations and a tour of the base. Col. Baker even shared information about the F-35A mission with members that were curious about how the mission could positively impact our community.
Member Seeks Opportunity for Non-Profit Board Service
Contributors: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Tadesse, Mercy Health, Radiation Oncology Practice Manager
When Sarah Tadesse moved to Toledo last summer for the administrative fellowship at Mercy Health, she may not have expected to be looking for leadership on a non-profit board in a few short months. A recent participant in the EPIC Toledo Board Member Accelerator Series taught by Aly Sterling Philanthropy, Sarah has found herself seeking out opportunities to impact the Toledo community for good through board service.
By: Colleen Kardasz, Director, Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network
When I was leaving Germany just about one month ago I overheard a number of conversations with fellow travelers who had also been attending the Hannover Messe Trade Fair. I had spent some time talking with the six companies who had attended with the Ohio Export Assistance Network and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and wondered if there might be a trend among the American companies who attended this show for the first time. I openly admit to having eavesdropped on a number of conversations in each airport. While in no way a scientific study, I did notice a common theme. I kept hearing American companies say “It was a great show. We had a wonderful week, met a lot of people, but we’re not sure if we’ll go back.” I was troubled by this response. Why would a company who could sit and rave about a trade show and all it had to offer still be ambivalent about returning? The answer, I think, has more to do with culture than the show itself.
The annual EPIC Toledo Leadership Golf Outing was an enormous success! Nearly 80 Toledo business and community leaders and EPIC Toledo members split into foursomes for a morning of golf at the Toledo Country Club.
Thank you to event chair, and former EPIC Toledo Advisory Council Chair, Melissa Freeman and our sponsor STS Management for your contributions to another incredible outing on the golf course. The weather was beautiful and EPIC members enjoyed the opportunity to establish meaningful connections throughout the community.
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Updates on the Current State of Solar in the Toledo Region
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Last week, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce members had the opportunity to attend Coffee and Connecting hosted by First Solar. A unique experience, members enjoyed a full breakfast and a complete tour of the First Solar Campus. Additionally, representatives from First Solar and GEM Energy collaborated to give a presentation focused on the growth of solar within the Toledo Region. It was a wonderful morning for members to connect and a privilege to tour the largest solar manufacturing plant in North America.
"Hosting area business leaders and educators as part of this Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce event was a privilege. It's important to share community spirit and take pride in such fruitful and blossoming partnerships.” - Jay Lake, Manufacturing Workforce Development Community Relations Manager, First Solar
Andy Hudak Shares His Story
Andy Hudak, TransAmerica Financial Advisors
Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Recently, thirty EPIC Toledo members completed the Board Member Accelerator taught by Aly Sterling Philanthropy and it generated a lot of buzz in our community. If you haven’t read Heather Gallant’s reflection on teaching the course, you’re missing out. There has been a huge need for young professionals to step into non-profit board service in Toledo, and the leaders of EPIC Toledo recognized this opportunity to help educate the next generation of board members.
Andy Hudak, Investment Advisor Representative for TransAmerica Financial Advisors, was one of the thirty. He offers an interesting perspective on the course because he already sits on a couple of boards in the Toledo area, including the EPIC Advisory Council. We had the opportunity to catch up with him and capture his thoughts on the success of the program. From personal revelations to implementing new organizational policies, Andy took what he learned and made the most of it.
We enjoyed the nice weather and the indoor/outdoor patio at Bar 145 in May! The second Thursday of each month EPIC Toledo hosts a Social at an area attraction. Socials are an opportunity for our members to connect with one another in a relaxed setting, and an opportunity for potential members to learn more about EPIC. To attend our next event, register at http://www.epictoledo.com/epic-events. View the event photo gallery below.
Thirty-five EPIC Toledo members had the opportunity to have breakfast with Col. Craig Baker, Commander 180th Fighter Wing, and listen to him share his Four Principles of Effective Leadership. From a Q & A session with the Commander, to gear demonstrations and a tour of the base, EPIC Members had a great and educational morning. Col. Baker even shared information about the F-35A mission with members that were curious about how the mission could positively impact our community.
In the fall of 2015, the leaders of the Chamber’s EPIC Advisory Council approached Aly Sterling Philanthropy with a challenge: how can we assist more young professionals to become leaders on nonprofit boards? Their solution was to create a training series aimed at preparing next generation leaders to serve the missions of Toledo’s nonprofit organizations: The Board Member Accelerator. The Board Member Accelerator delivered a real-life, hands-on education that empowered 30 EPIC members to successfully govern nonprofit organizations. This series is the first of its kind in Toledo and, to our knowledge, nationally.