Things are heating up for the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce as they finish the final details for the Emerging Leaders Summit.

The forum, taking place Thursday, Feb. 5 at The Heldrich Hotel, gives beginning and mid-career professionals opportunities and education for professional and personal development. Attendees will network with their peers and learn from a variety of professionals.  

Senior-level professionals will participate in five roundtable discussions concerning their various industries. Afterwards, participants can attend a panel discussion that will include Brian Agnew, PhD, executive directpr, RWJUH Foundation; Gloria Cirulli, managing director, eWomen Network of Central NJ; Patrick Ryan, president and CEO First Bank; and Jessica Thiebaud, area sales manager, Coca Cola.

“Central Jersey is a treasure trove of professional talent,” says Lina Llona, president, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “When we can provide the tools to best develop that talent, it benefits economically the individual, the employer, as well as the entire region.”

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.” 


The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. 


In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”