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Leadership Summit

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce third annual Leadership Summit provides opportunity for professional leadership development and organizational management training. The 2021 Summit features speakers and topics who will speak to real time challenges businesses are facing in 2021, all centered around our greatest organizational and community resource - TALENT. Three keynote presenters will focus in on leading your employees through change, keeping a healthy organization, and emotionally intelligent leaders. On day one, we'll feature 3 organizations in the speaker spotlight series, where we'll talk about true success in growing talent from within your organization, hiring for the right fit, and leading with flexibility. On day two, participants will choose between two breakout tracks, focusing in on organizational leadership and civic leadership.

This two-day summit will be held online. Participants will find ample opportunity for peer to peer networking, dialogue, and leadership development.


Day 1 November 3rd

8:30 to 11:30am


Brent Beardall, CEO, WaFd Bank


Fat Shack

UPS Store

Partnered Solutions I.T.


Deborah Mersino, Principal Consultant, Mersino Consulting

Day 2 November 4th

8:30 to 11:30am


Rachelle Strawther, Gonzaga University


Track 1: Deborah Mersino, Principal Consultant, Mersino Consulting

Track 2: Sean VanGordon, Mayor, City of Springfield


Track 1: Jess Hampton, Nonprofit Learning Programs Manager, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Track 2: Elena Fracchia, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank



Don't forget to pick up your SUMMIT SURVIVAL KIT, with lots of great swag provided by our Summit Sponsors! Bags can be picked up from the Springfield Chamber offices prior to the event. 

Meet the Speakers!

Meet Storm Kennedy, our 2021 Leadership Summit event host and MC!
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Storm Kennedy

Meet the Keynotes

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Brent Beardall

President and Chief Executive Officer, WaFd Bank

How do you lead when you don’t have leverage?

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Deborah Mersino

Principal Consultant, Mersino Consulting

Healthy Organizations

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Rachelle Strawther

Director of Leadership Training and Development, Gonzaga University

The Emotionally-Intelligent Leader: Developing Core EQ Competencies for a healthier workplace

Meet the speaker spotlights! These outstanding organizations will share their talent success stories, growing talent from within the organization, hiring for the right fit, and giving your team more autonomy.
Fat Shack
Fat Shack

Tom Armenti, Founder and Creator

Growth From Within

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The UPS Store

Jessica Mermis, Owner/Operator

Attitude 4 Hire

Partnered Solutions IT

Clyde Miller, Chief Operating Officer

Flexibility, Communication, and Coverage: Giving Your Team More Autonomy Without Sacrificing Service

Breakout sessions, what's in store? On day two of the 2021 Leadership Summit, attendees can choose between two breakout tracks, each focused on either organizational leadership or civic leadership. Check out the speakers and topics below!
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Deborah Mersino

Principal Consultant, Mersino Consulting

5 Critical Responsibilities of a Leader

Sean VanGordon

Mayor, City of Springfield

Work, Life and Volunteer Balance

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Jess Hampton

Nonprofit Learning Programs Manager, The Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Better Together - Working Across Generations

Elena Fracchia

VP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank

The Board Advantage: How serving on boards can benefit your career and personal development

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Summit Sponsor


Expedition Sponsor


Trail Sponsor


Tech Sponsor


Base Camp Sponsors

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend

Umpqua Bank

IEQ Technology

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