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“The Foundation hopes to aid in developing a talent pipeline to attract the best and brightest students at our local universities to enter the workforce here in Lakeland by creating networking opportunities and internship possibilities.” – DA R L A S E C H R E S T P E T TAWAY pleasurable workplace for employees and a more smoothly run operation for employers,” says Pettaway. Through a seven-part workshop, the goal of the training is to develop emerging leaders within the community. Some of the topics of the workshop include understanding leadership styles, developing highly functioning teams, creating intelligent change, managing workplace stress, conflict resolution, and business skills opportunities. The goal of the course is to increase the leadership pipeline at member organizations and decrease excessive costs for small businesses in their safety training and human resource needs. Looking ahead, the Foundation will continue to implement its mission through improving and developing programming that benefits the Lakeland business community. Many of these programs and classes started in 2018, with more to debut in 2019. The programs that are currently offered are advertised on the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce’s website. For more information on the Lakeland Chamber Foundation, contact Darla Sechrest Pettaway at 863.688.8551 ext. 228, or email dsechrest@lakelandchamber.com. 80