For Immediate Release
August 6, 2019

Janelle Tassart
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Vegliante one of 22 nationwide selected to participate

Phoenix — Kimberly Vegliante, a Workforce Development Manager with the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation), has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to participate in a ten-month professional development program designed to assist them in improving education and talent development outcomes in their communities.

The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development is an immersive executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals the ability to interact with peers, ACCE staff and national experts. Through a combination of in-person and virtual activities, fellows will be given a deep dive into the cutting-edge theories, approaches and best practices in talent development.

“As the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation expands our workforce efforts to help support economic growth and meet the talent demands of business, we’ve seen the vital importance of a robust birth-to-career education pipeline,” said Jennifer Mellor, Chief Innovation Officer for the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation.

The increased focus on all aspects of community talent pipelines is one of the key reasons the Foundation nominated Vegliante for the ACCE Fellowship for Education & Talent Development.

“Kim’s diligence to expand the Foundation’s workforce efforts and relationships have been key to our growth this past year,” said Mellor. “She is a prime candidate to participate in the ACCE Fellowship for Education & Talent Development. I look forward to working with her to implement the tactics she learns to improve education and career outcomes in our community.”

Throughout the program, participants will focus on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.

“The new cohort of fellows is a thoughtful, experienced and knowledgeable group with a broad range of perspectives. With the creativity and energy they give their organizations, we are delighted to offer a program where these professionals can expand their portfolios and evolve their already impressive community initiatives,” said ACCE President and CEO, Sheree Anne Kelly. “This class represents some of the foremost leaders in the chamber industry, and the impact they will have on their communities, as a result of their determination, will be immeasurable.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Education and Talent Development is designed to advance a chamber of commerce’s already-defined goals and ultimately develop and execute a plan for specific education and talent development objectives.

“All participants in the fellowship have different areas of expertise,” said Vegliante. “I am excited to draw upon the mastery of my peers to enrich the education and workforce development landscape of Greater Phoenix.”

Leaders selected to participate in the 2019-20 Fellowship represent communities including Grand Rapids, Michigan; Rogers, Arkansas; Orlando, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama; Green Bay, Wisconsin; McKinney, Texas; Hickory, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; Ocala, Florida; Newnan, Georgia; Lubbock, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Wake Forest, North Carolina; Stamford, Connecticut; Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Albany, New York; Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Memphis, Tennessee; Springfield, Missouri; York, PA; Columbia, Tennessee; and San Jose, California.

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About the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation
Launched in 2016, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation carries out charitable and education objectives by conducting research, forming partnerships and hosting events focused on education, workforce development, wellness, and community development.

About the Greater Phoenix Chamber
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, creating a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.   

About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Established in 1914, ACCE is an association of 9,000 leaders from 1,300 chambers of commerce, including 93 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas. The combined membership of ACCE chambers is close to one million businesses. Chamber leaders look to ACCE for best practices, networks and new ideas that will help them advance the interests of their communities. ACCE recommends successful programs and strategies, and identifies trends, partners and business models that show promise. For more information, visit

For more information about ACCE’s Education and Talent Development Division, visit


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