As many of you have heard, David Jerome, our former CEO, is headed to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. We are proud of all that we have accomplished together, and humbled in knowing that the work that we’re doing is so transformational, that Hollywood wanted to undergo that same type of transformation. Our success at the Chamber has been greatly enhanced through our partnerships and deep collaborations. We continue to work on helping businesses thrive long into the future by creating a strategy guided by global trends that will position El Paso as a globally competitive city by 2030.
Reflecting on the challenges we have faced as a community over the past two years, I continue to find inspiration in our collective efforts to reimagine the trajectory forward. Our goal of recognizing opportunities in a post-COVID world led to the creation of this year’s TEDxElPaso theme, “A City Reimagined.” Ultimately, “reimagining’’ isn’t just a theme for TEDx but has been woven into the fabric that encompasses the Chamber, El Paso community, and society at large.
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to recognize and uplift women’s contributions to our history, culture, and society. In observance, our EPC Women in Business Committee celebrated women-owned member businesses and hosted speaking events from local business leaders like Gesuina Legaspy, Owner of GAL Fashion. As we move forward, I encourage you to reimagine women’s roles in the workplace and leadership at all levels and recognize the valuable contributions women make to the success of our community. I’d like to thank the strong women who make up the Chamber team for their relentless work for our city.
We’re proud of the work of our Leadership class this year, our first post-COVID, in-person class. Each year, as part of their curriculum, the Leadership class develops a project to support the community and enact positive change. This year, Class 43 helped raise over $8,000 for mental health advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) Tee Off for Mental Health Golf Tournament. In doing so, they are not only supporting an organization in our community but reimagining the acceptance and destigmatization of mental health in the workforce and our everyday lives.
Finally, I want to thank you for welcoming me as the Interim President and CEO of the El Paso Chamber. Over the past nearly 5 years, I have had the pleasure of serving as the Vice President of Innovation and Performance. I am deeply humbled to serve in this role as the Chamber begins a new chapter and am committed to transforming business and improving lives.
Ian Voglewede, Interim President and CEO