There is a good deal of focus in the month’s issue of the Bottom Line on workforce readiness. Workforce readiness is not strictly related to people that might be interested in the large number of new jobs coming to town – it should be looked at by all of us.
I had the opportunity to talk with a colleague that just came back from a program at one of our nation’s most prestigious business schools. It was so refreshing to see how energized she was by her experience. Our conversation made me think about what I am doing to keep current, or maybe even to stay ahead of the curve. My first answer to myself was – “I’m really busy right now - how can I find the time?” If we don’t invest in ourselves, then who will?
We have such great opportunities here in Las Cruces with New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College, along with all of the other professional development programs that are out there, that it is pretty much impossible to not find something of interest. Even if you are not out looking for a new position, taking the time to gain additional experience and education makes us all more valuable to our current employer.
We are moving the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce in a new direction, utilizing industry data and I sure hope that I am gaining experience in new areas as we research the trends that are shaping our future direction.
It is important to me that your chamber is keeping current or is ahead of the curve, so we continue looking for the next great program, or service, or event.
Now that I think of it, it really energizes me when I find something that we can incorporate into our offering that drives a return for your investment in us. We are hard at work developing a plan of work for 2015 that I believe you will find exciting. Stay tuned!
Bill Allen, President/CEO Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce