Educational Opportunities

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Effective 3/16/20 Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce events, seminars, conferences, and gatherings are all postponed. We anticipate re-scheduling these events when appropriate, and/or potentially leveraging videoconferencing to assist us. In the meantime please call our offices during regular business hours with any questions at (607) 535-4300, and thank you for your support and patience. 

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce mission includes advancing economic success through education, among other things. In furtherance of this mission, the Chamber hosts a number of educational events and opportunities throughout the year. Download our Chamber Events Calendar and be sure to save the date for the events that pique your interest! Keep reading to learn more about our educationally opportunities, specifically.

Think Tanks

These events are held on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 4pm, and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Think Tanks always have an educational component and end with a round table discussion. You can find all of the details on upcoming Think Tanks under the Events section of our Facebook page and on the News page of our website, just look for the latest Think Tank press release. You can find all of the details on upcoming Think Tanks under the Events section of our Facebook page and on the News page of our website, just look for the latest Think Tank press release.

SPARK! Leadership Conference

The Annual SPARK! Leadership Conference takes place in March at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. This conference offers incredible speakers and break-out session topics that help attendees sharpen their professional skills, learn cutting-edge techniques from industry leaders, and position themselves to the best leader they can be!

FAIR (Fundamentals of Alcohol Intoxication Recognition) Training - Spring

We partner with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department for a special education forum entitled FAIR Training (Fundamentals of Alcohol Intoxication Recognition) which is hosted each spring, typically in May. The forum is open to the public and taught by Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and Undersheriff Breck Spaulding. The training features a powerpoint presentation, lecture, and question and answer period. A guide book will be provided by E.C. Cooper Insurance. The forum will provide training to those businesses in the community that serve alcohol. Most insurance companies require a seminar of this caliber. A certificate will be provided to participants upon successful completion of this presentation. 

Leadership Schuyler- Registration Deadline Early October 

Why Leadership Schuyler?
Looking to enrich your management and leadership skills, learn from inspirational leaders in the community, and make connections that will fuel the growth of your business? Or do you have an employee that you are looking to move up the ranks, but they need to sharpen their skills first?

About Leadership Schuyler
The purpose of the program is to teach highly valuable management and leadership skills to current and future leaders doing business in and around Schuyler County. Past, present and future Chamber Members are welcome to attend! Cost: $650.00 per student. 

Leadership Schuyler Details
Leadership Schuyler begins in mid-October each year and ends in late May. Each session will be held at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room. Orientation will be held in mid-October as the program launches and is mandatory. Graduation will take place in late May, with the location in Schuyler County to be determined. All classes will offer continental breakfast and networking from 8:00-8:30 am and instruction from 8:30-11:30 am. Each session of the program will be instructed by established business members of the community with real-life activities and scenarios.

Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSSWFNY) provides Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben County businesses the opportunity to update the skills of one or more employees and to offset a portion of the cost of that training. Up to 50% of the cost of training eligible employees may be available for reimbursement. To apply for funding contact Kellie Christopher, or call (607) 368-8704. Funding must be sought at least one week prior to training start date.

Leadership Schuyler Session Details:
10/17/19- Orientation
10/24/19- Managing Time
11/21/19- Communicating Clearly
12/12/19- Making Decisions (1 of 2)
1/09/20- Making Decisions (2 of 2)
1/23/20- Motivating People
2/13/20- Managing Teams
2/27/20- Presenting Successfully
3/12/20- Managing Time
3/26/20- Minimizing Stress
4/09/20- Learning to Lead/Leading Others
4/23/20- Improving Your Effectiveness
5/14/20- Inspiring Excellence 
5/28/20- Graduation

Program Facilitator: Rebekah Carroll 
Program Instructors: 
Matthew Sharpe
Brittany Gibson
Scott Bell
Randi Hewit
Kelley Bacalles
Tim O'Hearn
Greg Kelahan
Sue Silhan

For more information or to register for Leadership Schuyler, please contact Liz Salamendra, Events Manager at (607) 535-4300 or

Here are the lesson plans.
Here is the registration form.