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    Thursday, April 1, 2021
    Connection, options, adaptability & other lessons learned

    A year, an entire year of challenges and changes, successes and struggles have taught us all a lot of life lessons. One of the greatest for me has been the power of connection. I have always been a person that thrives from being surrounded by people, so this last year has been especially challenging. Even as you think about our organization, we exist to bring people together, to make connections, to convene leaders, so now that we are starting to see the sun on the horizon, we are excited about the

    Shannon Full

    Monday, March 1, 2021
    The power of connection and community

    Throughout my life, I have had so many mentors that have shaped the way I think, the way I act and the way I lead. These mentors have been men and women, older and younger, similar and diverse backgrounds. One thing that each and every one of them has believed in is the power of investing in others. I have instilled this into my personal core values. I believe in empowerment. I believe that the best thing you can do for someone is to not only believe in them, but have the courage to invest in them.

    Shannon Full

    Monday, February 1, 2021
    Regional collaboration is key to our success

    As I write this, we have just wrapped up the 2021 State of the Cities – my first signature event with this Chamber. I am so impressed and inspired by the leadership of our local officials in both the public and private sector. This event serves as a reminder of the importance of embracing a metro mentality. As a bi-state region made up of multiple communities, we really are in it together. We grow together, thrive together, and lift up and challenge each other. When one of us wins, we all win. When we work

    Shannon Full

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    A vision for a prosperous new year

    It’s been a whirlwind first month here in my new position as Chamber CEO and president. My first weeks have provided a chance for me to take it all in. From meetings with the staff, board, external stakeholders, members and community leaders, this active listening has helped me realize the great strength and assets that exist in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. I am also full of ideas and inspiration as I see the challenges and opportunities of this region.

    Shannon Full

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Hello FMWF! A letter from your new Chamber president

    Hello Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber members! I am thrilled to begin my role as your new president and CEO. As I write this, my family and I have just moved to our new home in West Fargo and are settling in as we learn more about this dynamic community.

    Shannon Full

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Wishing a warm welcome to a new Chamber CEO

    On October 13, on behalf of The Chamber’s Board of Directors, I was thrilled to announce that our Chamber named a new president & CEO: Shannon Full.

    Sandi Piatz

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    Grit, grace, and gratitude: A note from your new Board Chair

    Grit, grace and gratitude have been the most common words in my vocabulary over the past 12 months, and I believe they will be essential pillars of guidance for us all as we continue to move into the next 12 months.

    Sandi Piatz

    Saturday, August 1, 2020
    Memorable moments from this past year

    As our Chamber heads into the final month of our current fiscal year, it brings a time of reflection. There’s no doubt it: This was a tough year for many of us. Aside from the challenges we all faced as a nation and world, our community lost a dear leader in Craig Whitney. I am so grateful for all Craig taught us, and the legacy he left behind. But no matter how hard things were, there were still plenty of bright spots and reasons to celebrate.

    Jim Parsons

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Leadership shines in our community

    Resilience has been a key theme in our region, especially as we have navigated recent challenges. I am continually humbled and proud of how many people step up to lead our community forward, even in the face of barriers, controversy and uncertain times. It’s fitting that this month we unveil our Chamber’s 2020 Legacy Leader recipient.

    Jim Parsons

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    Re: Open for Business

    Through the past few months, our community has displayed its resilience and resourcefulness as we’ve navigated the current crisis. As businesses and the economy are beginning to reopen, we have updated our website and social media pages with new tips and resources to help businesses figure out what they need to do in this ever-changing environment. While we don’t know exactly what the future holds, we are hopeful, and will continue to represent and serve you.

    Jim Parsons