The Susquehanna Valley is home to multinational companies and small shops, agricultural giants and roadside produce stands, service firms and industrial manufacturers. One common thread among many of these businesses is the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC).

Businesses need support from their community and leadership from its members to thrive. That’s why the GSVCC administers Leadership Susquehanna Valley (LSV), a charitable organization that provides leadership programs to employees from local businesses. Each year, area employers, including Geisinger, send select employees to the program. It begins with an intensive two-day training retreat, followed by eight monthly daylong sessions, field trips, group projects and other experiences to educate and motivate a diverse group of business leaders.

“LSV brings together people from all over the valley to learn about the business environment here as well its challenges and opportunities,” said Chris Berleth, executive director of the GSVCC. “The program days are an opportunity for people from diverse companies to see what other industries in the region look like from the inside.”

More than 20 Geisinger employees have gone through the program — and that number is growing. Currently, Julie Rockey (Research) and Elizabeth Hendricks (Institutional Advancement), serve on the LSV board. Mr. Berleth says the synergy between the LSV and GSVCC boards groups helps all businesses in the valley.

“About 80 percent of the current chamber board members went through the LSV program,” he said. “Our participants are invested in the community and tend to stay around to help.”

Geisinger sponsors portions of the program days, specifically the Health & Human Services Day which rotates between area hospitals. This year, Andrea Feinberg, MD, will speak to the LSV participants about Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy™ initiative.

“Geisinger has a been a key partner from the beginning,” he said. “Julie Rockey is doing a terrific job as LSV’s liaison to the chamber board, helping businesses in the valley talk to each other, work together and identify shared goals. The boards of both the chamber and LSV are working to help companies in the valley not only thrive individually, but come together to better serve their employees and the community.”
Members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Leadership Susquehanna Valley class of 2018.