Chamber President, Chairman be to featured on Lite Is Local broadcast

Lite is Local 001_smallChamber President Gary Plummer and 2015 Board Chairman Jon Rosell will be the featured guests on Sunday morning’s Lite Is Local broadcast on 99.7 LITE FM. During the interview with host Gayla Crouse, the two share their favorite takeaways from our recent Annual Meeting with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, as well as what the new 2015 Chamber board members bring to the table.

In regards to the Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Agenda, Gary states the goal as establishing “predictability for business.” Jon also lets us in on his vision for the upcoming year, and you may be surprised by his answer. Tune to 99.7 LITE FM this Sunday at 8 a.m. to hear his response.

Lite is Local airs every Sunday at 8 a.m. on 99.7 LITE FM. Hear podcasts of past interviews on their website.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice inspires Wichita crowd at Chamber Annual Meeting

TJ7_6940Last week’s Annual Meeting kicked off with 2014 Board Chairman Wayne Chambers passing the gavel to 2015 Chairman Jon Rosell and ended with Dr. Condoleezza Rice answering questions submitted by the public. A crowd of 3,000 people were in attendance to hear the former U.S. Secretary of State’s presentation, which was packed full of quotable insight as she addressed a wide variety of topics from 9/11 and ISIS to education and football. We have collected some of our favorite Condoleezza quotes below.

  • “If you were in as position of authority on September 11, every day after that felt like September 12. From that moment on, our perception of security would never be the same.”
  • “Before we get impatient, we should remember democracy is really hard. And it takes a really long time.”
  • “The men and women of the military who volunteer to defend us are a gift the United States enjoys.”
  • “When the U.S. steps back, those who don’t believe in free people and free markets will take power.”
  • “When the world is this chaotic, we have to hope someone will lead. I hope it is the extraordinary country of the USA.”
  • “Education is the single most important intervention we have against social inequality.”
  • “We have to make sure if people work twice as hard, they have a chance.”
  • “Your role models and mentors don’t have to look like you. My role models were white men. If I had waited for a black, female Soviet specialist, I would still be waiting.”
  • “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from but it matters where you’re going.”

A big thank you to all our event sponsors (see below) and to all who attended.  See conversation from the event on Twitter using #RiceDec4 and view photos from the events on our Facebook page.

Media Coverage
Wichita Business Journal – “Condoleezza Rice sees education as route to equal opportunity”
Wichita Eagle – “Condoleezza Rice: Education disparity biggest threat to U.S. security”
Carrie Rengers – You don’t say

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Dr. Condoleezza Rice Speaking on December 4 at Annual Meeting

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

By Wayne Chambers

By now our Chamber members have received a digital announcement that our 2014 Annual Meeting speaker is Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State of the United States. Her resume and international experience are very impressive and you can follow this link to view her official bio.

Dr. Rice is passionate about many of the issues that concern area business leaders:  educating our workforce, international relations, and leadership development.

An articulate barrier breaker for both her race and gender, she’s also an accomplished musician and a natural athlete. In fact, she’s such an avid football fan that I’m told she’s never missed a Super Bowl game.

I’m delighted that our sponsors have made it possible to bring her to Wichita. Our special thanks to Murfin Drilling Company, the presenting sponsor for the event. Premiere sponsors include: Bank of America, Cox Business, High Touch Technologies, INTRUST Bank, Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Lubrication Engineers Inc., Meritrust Credit Union, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., and Westar Energy.

I also appreciate the assistance from Mark Chamberlin of Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing who developed a special video announcement that was shared with Chamber membership earlier today and is available on the Chamber’s YouTube channel, titled Wichita Metro Chamber.

I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on December 4 at Century II, and I encourage you to make your reservations for the event as soon as possible.

You can learn more about Dr. Rice by following her on Twitter @CondoleezzaRice and Facebook at Condoleeza Rice. She’s also produced two best-selling books about her experiences and you’ll find those book titles on her official bio.

See the article from Carrie Rengers’ ‘Have You Heard’ column here.