The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia believes that access to education across the continuum will assure that the region benefits from an educated and skilled workforce to fuel our growth.
Through the following partnerships with educators, employers and non-profit organizations, the Chamber engages in programming and initiatives that are designed to prepare talent to compete in the global economy.
Early Learning/Secondary Education
Professional and Leadership Development
Early Learning / Secondary Education
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Awareness Campaign
Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and the Chamber partner to scale local giving through the Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
Future Ready: Career Paths for Middle School Students
Future Ready is a partnership between the Chamber, Wells Fargo and the School District of Philadelphia. This transformational program engages and enlightens Philadelphia middle school students about future career opportunities and the paths to take to get them there through in-classroom instruction and a half-day immersion with a Philadelphia-based company.
PHMC Employer Sponsored Childcare Awareness Campaign
The Public Health Management Corporation, the William Penn Foundation and the Chamber partner to create awareness about Employer Sponsored Childcare.
READ!by4th is a citywide effort of 50 organizations, both public and private, convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia, which aims to increase the number of students in Philadelphia entering the 4th grade at reading level by 2020.
Read to Me: Early Literacy Program
Read to Me is a partnership between the Chamber, PNC Grow Up Great and the School District of Philadelphia. This year-long program supports early childhood literacy and inspires readership in our school-aged youth. Read to Me provides quality classroom book collections to thousands of Philadelphia students and facilitates workshops that encourage caregivers to read aloud to their children at home.
Youth Workforce Development
For almost a decade the Chamber has been a supporter of the work of the Philadelphia Youth Network managing partner of the WorkReady campaign. This cross-sector, citywide initiative is dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region's youth by attracting, aligning, and investing resources in coordinated, youth-workforce-development programs.
The Chamber supports the work of Campus Philly, a non-profit organization dedicated to fueling regional economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in Greater Philadelphia. Campus Philly does this primarily through promoting and securing internships for college students as well as connecting students to civic and cultural opportunities throughout the Philadelphia community.
Through the generosity of many individuals and corporations, the Chamber’s Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women is awarded annually to women who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time for Chamber member companies.
The Regional College & University Presidents' Council, organized through Chamber affiliate the CEO Council for Growth, leverages relationships between the business, civic and higher education communities to provide opportunities for collaboration, collective advocacy on issues critical to higher education.
Talent Greater Philly collaborates to elevate the importance of college completion and workforce preparedness as key issues impacting Greater Philadelphia’s economy.
Professional and Leadership Development
This Chamber affiliate supports the professional development of the region’s business, legal, technology and creative sectors through leadership development and skills-based volunteering. Among these opportunities are Designing Leadership and CreativeXchange; providing leadership development for and through the creative sector.
The Diversity and Inclusion Network is comprised of professionals in diversity leadership roles in business, consulting firms, higher education, and health care. The roundtable-style forums are designed for participants who are committed to collectively advancing the business case for diversity in their company and the region.
This Chamber series of programs brings together human resource professionals for an interactive discussion about different points of interest in the HR profession. In addition to HR Roundtable, the Chamber presents a wide array professional development opportunities, visit the programs and events calendar for more information.
The Chamber’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) offers professional development workshops that reinforce and augment the professional skills of YPN members; positioning them for career success.
A core function of the Chamber is to actively advocate for public policy that bolsters the region's economy and improves our competitiveness on a national and global scale. We advocate for public policy that supports education at all levels of learning, from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. The Chamber is focused on ensuring that the region’s education and talent development systems are effective, agile, and accountable so that our region can continue to produce and retain a competitive, world-class workforce.
The Chamber and its affiliates have published or contributed to the following reports that help to shape our region’s understanding of its workforce and education needs:
Greater Philadelphia Regional Labor Market Survey Results, CEO Council for Growth, October 2015
Greater Philadelphia Labor Market and Opportunities for Human Capital Development – Executive Summary, Neeta P. Fogg, Paul E. Harrington, and Laura A. Knoll, May 2014
Talent Dividend Project: College Retention & Graduation Inventory in Greater Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and Fels Research & Consulting, September 2012
The Impact of Higher Education in the Greater Philadelphia Region, CEO Council for Growth in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia, October 2010
Strategies for Talent Management: Greater Philadelphia Companies in Action, CEO Council for Growth in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, August 2008
Report on Human Capital Needs Assessment, CEO Council for Growth, June 2006