Sharing, learning and growing at the Westerville Chamber of Commerce
Sara Canterbury, Senior Associate and Financial Planner at Skylight’s Dublin office, is an active member of the Westerville Chamber of Commerce. Below Sara shares her story of how she first got involved with the Chamber, what she’s gained from membership and events she’s currently organizing.
So why did I initially join the Chamber? Well, I, like so many young people starting out in the financial industry, understood that networking and building relationships would help me build my business. So when a potential client indirectly mentioned the Westerville Chamber of Commerce and its Young Professional (YP) network I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on. It made perfect sense to me to get involved in something that would satisfy my craving for professional development and connect me with other young business professionals. Also my reasons for joining weren’t purely for my own personal and business gain. The Chamber’s voice in the Westerville area and how it could influence the financial health and well-being of the community greatly appealed to me. Giving back to the community was something that was engrained in me at an early age, through the example of my parents, and this sense of belonging and contributing to the community has stayed with me into adulthood.
This was over 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. The Westerville Chamber is a fantastic, dynamic organization and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. As an active member, I would go as far as to say it’s become a pretty important part of my life. I’ve gained so much from the educational offerings like the breakfast sessions, Q&As to the sharing of ideas and stories of successes and failures. It’s made making introductions and business connections so much easier. It’s certainly satisfied my hunger for professional development as there’s been so much scope for growth through my involvement in committees – firstly, as part of the YP Network committee, then as a member of the Board of Trustees (on which I still serve) and this year as chair of the Evening of Elegance committee which is the largest fundraiserof the year! So I’m constantly taking on new challenges and looking for ways to grow at a personal level and help serve the needs of my community. And probably what’s most important to say is that I find it so enjoyable! There’s so much camaraderie and everyone cheers each other on. It never feels like this is something I “ought” to do.
So what’s coming up in the next few months? What’s not - there’s always so many events going on at the Chamber (check out our event calendar). As I’ve said, I’m in the thick of planning for the Evening of Elegance which is taking place on November 18th. It’s very exciting as it’s our 30th anniversary!! So being the chair is a challenge but also lots of fun! There’s so much to organize and we want to make this a really special and memorable event.
I’m also involved in organizing a really exciting first for the Chamber on November 3, when we join forces with the Dublin Chamber for a casual, social networking event for young professionals. It’s going to be held in Skylight’s Dublin office and everyone’s looking forward to mixing and mingling with new people from another part of town (believe it or not, we’ve never done anything with the Dublin Chamber before!). During the evening, we will also officially launch the Skylight Foundation Holiday Toy Drive, in partnership with the Washington Township Fire Department and Firefighters for Toys.
So as you can see there’s plenty going on to keep me out of trouble!
Thanks Sara for sharing with us.
If you are interested in finding out more about the networking NextGen Dublin Social with Dublin and Westerville YPs on November 3, please click here.