Charlene J. Thompson, Esq. Chaired LIAACC 1st Historic Regional Chamber Leadership Conference...

Charlene J. Thompson, Esq. Chaired LIAACC 1st Historic Regional Chamber Leadership Conference on LI

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LIAACC Regional Chamber Leadership Conference VIP Reception: Sharon Davis-Edwards, Vice President Phil Andrews, President Ron Busby, President US Black Chambers, Inc., Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Charlene Jackson Thompson, MWBE Chair, Deidre Helberg, Membership Chair, Kimberly Grant-Bynoe, Suffolk County Director & Charmise P. Woodside-Desiré, Charmise P. Woodside-Desire' Communications Director Hofstra University Museum

LIAACC’s MWBE Chair Charlene J. Thompson, Esq.  Chair Long Island 1stRegional Leadership Conference geared to strengthen Chamber Leadership and increase the capacity of Chamber of Commerce on Long island.  The conference was held at the Hofstra University Club on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Ron Busby, Sr. served as the keynote for the conference and shared how small business owners and chamber leaders could capitalize on “Seizing Opportunities In Changing Times.”  Dignitaries who attended included Deputy Comptroller, Diversity Management Nancy R. Hernandez, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, Co-President Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers Gina Coletti , President Nassau Council Chambers of Commerce, President Francesca Carlow Co-Host for the event included the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Suffolk County Alliance o Chambers, and the Nassau Council Chamber so Commerce, Inc.

The conference coordinating committee was comprised of John L. Scott, Board Chair, Phil Andrews, President, Sharon Davis, Vice President, Germaine Auguste, Esq., Secretary, Charlene Thompson, Esq., MWDBE, Committee Chair, and Danielle Donaphin, MWDBE Regional Coordinator, Suffolk County

The sponsors for the event were US Black Chambers, Inc. Morgan Stanley, PSEG Long Island, Fidelis Care, Armand Corporation, Bank of America, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Prudential and LISBAC.

The Conference Agenda Program Included: Workshop 1: Blueprint for Chamber Success Raquel Hickey, President NYS Colombian American Chambers of Commerce Networking Break  Workshop 2: I’m Certified: Now What Moderator: Charlene J. Thompson, Esq. Chair of LIAACC MWBE Committee, Shelley Brazley, Interim Executive Director Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs Panel Discussion and Neha Chatterjee, Project Associate Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development Empire State Development: Workshop 2: Building Sustainable Wealth 1:00-2:00pm Through Our Religious Institutions Moderator: Reverend Malcolm J. Byrd, Senior Pastor Jackson Memorial Dr. Isma Chaudhry, President Islamic Center of Long Island Chaplain Humberto Chavez Race Track Chaplaincy of America Metropolitan New York Division Keynote Speaker: Ron Busby President, U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce Networking/Business Exchange

“Conferences of this nature help to strengthen the economic fibers in the region and help to build sustainable chambers of commerce via elevating the capacity of chambers to operate at a higher level in their daily operations.  Small Business Owners need strong chambers to help them navigate unchartered territories as they work to increase both the size and profitability of their perspectives businesses”. Phil  Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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Phil Andrews is the current President of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) and President-Emeritus of Black Public Relations Society-New York. He is also the Past President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island having served two terms as President. The 100 Black Men of LI was Founded in 1974 and is the second oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. "The 100" serves as an international coalition focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities and creating positive mentoring relationships. As founder of of P.A. Public Relations Company, Phil has been afforded the privilege to serve as Public Relations Director for a myriad of companies, community initiatives and professional organizations. Andrews' business acumen is often sought after by organizations that host major events, benefits and fundraisers. Mr. Andrews’s current leadership at the Long Island African American Chamber is spearheading LIAACC to become the largest African American Chamber of Commerce in New York State. The chamber currently serves the four counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings.