One of our signature events, we host our Annual Gathering in the spring of each year, inviting hundreds of business professionals, government officials, and community leaders from across the mid-state to join us as our largest fundraiser of the year. Each of our annual gathering’s includes a nationally-renowned speaker, networking opportunities and more. During the event, the Chamber honors its volunteer leadership, reflects on successes of the past year, with a majority of the evening used by our featured speaker.
About Mel Robbins
Mel’s media company, The Confidence Project, Inc. produces personal development programming and online courses for her global student body and corporate partners. On stage, Mel is a riveting, fun, and unforgettable speaker, teaching audiences a wide range of science-backed strategies with life-changing impact. Mel has spoken to executives at some of the world’s leading brands, including Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Optum, Cisco, and AT&T. She is also an award-winning opinion columnist and legal analyst for CNN, a Dr. Oz Healthline Expert, and a Contributing Editor for SUCCESS Magazine.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Mel is a married mother of three and lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.
2018 Annual gathering:
An Evening With Shawn Achor
For our 2018 event, we were proud to welcome New York Times best-selling author and Oprah-endorsed happiness guru Shawn Achor to our 2018 Annual Spring Gathering. Shawn is the author of two best-selling books on happiness, “Before Happiness” and “The Happiness Advantage.” Shawn’s TED talk on “the happy secret to better work” has been viewed over 15 million times – among the site’s 20 most popular lectures, beating out a talk by Steve Jobs. Shawn Achor’s talks have taken him to over 50 countries and to a wide range of audiences from the White House to the NFL, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, farmers in Zimbabwe, as well as numerous Fortune 100 companies, the NBA, and the Pentagon.
2017 Annual gathering:
An Evening With Daymond John
Daymond John is the personification of the American Dream. From his humble beginning on the streets of New York, to a self-made multimillionaire with over $4 billion in global product sales, and a starring role on the ABC business reality TV show Shark Tank, Daymond John continues to set standards of excellence while expanding his interests in fashion, branding, marketing, consulting, entertainment and beyond.7
2016 Annual Gathering:
In 2016, we welcomed Seth Godin as our keynote speaker, one of today’s most influential business thinkers and the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world. In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “Seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. He
writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.