MESSAGE “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. —Margaret Heffernan In the chamber of commerce world, there is no shortage of ideas for programs and services that are designed to bring together business people for professional development, networking, and business-to-business relationship building. It is always gratifying when an initiative manages to do all those things and more. Empower, the Northeastern PA Women’s Leadership Conference, is now in its fifth year of uniting female business professionals of all levels of experience to meet, share knowledge, establish business relationships and expand their horizons. Last year, this event sold out well before the projected deadline, so register early to guarantee your place at this important gathering. 2 • The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce More than 500 individuals will attend Empower on Wednesday, May 1. Past participants have consistently reported that this event has inspired them to grow in both their professional and personal lives.