A new talent initiative that recognizes baby boomer entrepreneurs and leaders in transition is underway through the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The program PEAK—an acronym for Passion, Experience, Achievement and Knowledge—celebrates boomers who have retired or switched gears and are leveraging their experience to start new businesses, invest in the community, and make a difference in the lives of others.
"As you watch the demographic changes and see business leaders retiring, many of them are looking ahead and asking 'what's next?'" says Tim Daman, president of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. "PEAK is all about celebrating the talent we have here in our region, and about recognizing those individuals who are in the second stage of their career."
The Chamber announced the new initiative in mid-December 2015 after partnering with Created to C
owners John and Joni Sztykiel and AARP of Michigan. Upcoming events or activities may include a speaker's series and pairing young entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders. Developers also plan to hold an annual recognition event that complements the Chamber's 10 Over the Next 10
—a now yearly mainstay that ID's the region's top young professionals expected to make significant contributions to the community in the upcoming decade.
"It's all about our area's intellectual capital," Daman says. "It's about people who have chosen to stay here, about the entrepreneurs and mentors and people with a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience who are giving back to our economic eco-system."
Source: Tim Daman, president and CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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