Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, recently took advantage of an invitation by a local Women’s Interest Network group to “spread the word” about how the Chamber is making a difference by connecting with tomorrow’s leaders.

The group, which is connected with Imperial (a longstanding Chamber member), heard de Silva talk about a career journey that took her from the not-for-profit charity sector to executive management in the airport industry to her current role at the Chamber. She also shared insights on how future leaders can maximize their effectiveness regardless of gender.

Building on your experiences and then using them to enrich the people around you is one of the best strategies imaginable,” de Silva said.   She also shared with the group on how the Chamber is undergoing a “strategic renewal” and how a “next generation” of leaders (like those in the room) can make a difference down the road.