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January 22, 2019

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PA Chamber Foundation Unveils New Executive Leadership Training Program

Next Leader Now program will help companies address the “silver tsunami”

HARRISBURG - Every day 10,000 experienced Baby Boomers leave the workforce, creating a “silver tsunami” that will result in a shortage of executive talent, less-experienced workers transitioning into decision-making roles and high rates of millennial turnover.  As part of its multi-pronged workforce development effort, the PA Chamber Foundation is proud to partner with Solutions 21 and their “Next Leader Now” program to help companies address the “silver tsunami” by preparing their next generation of leaders.


“The jobs skills gap facing the Commonwealth isn’t just for entry-level positions – it impacts all levels of a company’s employment structure,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “Looking ahead to make sure there’s a pipeline of leadership talent ready to step in and move their company forward is a vital component to a business’ long-term ability to thrive.  We’re excited to work with Solutions 21 to offer this dynamic leadership program to employers throughout the Commonwealth.”


“Next Leader Now” is a year-long, customizable, researched-based development approach designed to ensure a company has a strong succession plan in place for its future leaders.  Developed by generational, leadership and military experts; the program incorporates strategies that have been successful in leading teams in the boardroom; on the battlefield and on the gridiron to create a holistic experience that has lasting impact.  This development approach fast-forwards wisdom and builds the muscle-memory habits necessary to go from individual contributor to executive-level decision maker.


“With a wealth of in-depth research, Next Leader Now prepares high-potential candidates to transition from individual contributors to next-generation leaders by incorporating the latest in 21st-century leadership, business, and social sciences,” said Solutions 21 Founder and President Buddy Hobart.  “A program derived from our book, Gen Y Now: Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership, Next Leader Now ensures that succession candidates from across all industry verticals are prepared for the inevitable demographic shift and unprecedented workforce challenges they will encounter as they transition into leadership roles.”


This 12-month program will be offered in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.  The program includes four face-to-face workshops in the same location.  Classes are limited to 20 attendees.  Additional information on the program can be found on the PA Chamber’s website.    



The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Educational Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization created to fund timely and insightful research and educational programs that will positively impact Pennsylvania's economic future and enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.