SGForum 2020 was definitely one for the books! With nearly 500 joining us virtually, we provided professional, personal and community development through a variety of sessions, and talked all about the power of storytelling.
The Network held its final Living in SGF event for 2020 and the topic was all about how we can support the arts right now and in the future. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone, and one industry that has maybe seen some of the strongest impacts is the arts.
In the month of October, we’ve had the opportunity to provide an event each week, and this week we had the chance to hear from owner and founder of Hotel Vandivort, John McQueary, for our final CEO Series of 2020.
We tout that YPs have access to key leaders in Springfield, and one of the main ways that’s displayed is through mentor relationships. Members of The Network’s Leadership Council have the opportunity to be paired with a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board as a mentor for one year.
2020 has been a difficult year, mostly due to the pandemic, but with it also being an election year, the divisive spirit seems more alive than in the past. This can lead people to lose hope in leaders and feel uncertain about the future. The Network had the opportunity to see two of our state leaders display quite the opposite at our October edition of Access to the Issues.
This week, The Network held its second virtual edition of New to The Network, which is a new event as of 2020. New to The Network is intended to orient members of The Network on how to best utilize their membership and meet other new members.
The Network was able to sit down with three non-profit leaders to discuss how to make a difference in the community during and after the pandemic. Although things don’t look as they always have, it is important to continue giving back to our community, and our non-profit leaders have led by example in that area.