Welcome, CareerEdge Funders Staff!

Deborah Chapman

CareerEdge Program Director

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Deborah manages the major workforce development initiatives of the collaborative, including sector-focused employer partnerships, job seeker training programs in high demand occupations, an internship reimbursement program and youth career and college access strategies at CareerEdge Funders.

With over 25 years of experience in the consulting field, Deborah has spent her career working with organizations, teams, and individuals to achieve their transformational goals. Her focus is on improving strategies, structures, systems, and cultures to drive results-based outcomes. Her analytical style, attention to detail and engaging demeanor have made her a respected and sought-after advisor. As a skilled strategist and researcher, Deborah has proven acumen in:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Meeting Facilitation

As the former Director of Customer Research at Kaset International (now part of MHI Global) an international customer service training and consulting firm, Deborah managed a team of consultants providing client services in customer satisfaction research. She developed and validated survey instruments, designed supporting research processes, and implemented internal customer satisfaction & training product research functions. Prior to this role, Deborah was Director of Strategic Planning & Development at Kaset. She worked with CEO to define and integrate quality concepts into the organization’s core programs; developed service quality consulting materials for executive workshops; and led the Strategic Planning Committee.

Prior to Kaset, Deborah worked as a consultant at Vantage Consulting Group where she evaluated stakeholder relationships, developed strategic communications plans and designed and implemented customer satisfaction surveys. Deborah began her career with Behavior Management Consultants where she analyzed performance deficits and developed appraisal systems to improve productivity; trained supervisors in behavioral evaluation processes; and co-taught a Performance Management course to business professionals and government employees.

Deborah graduated from Florida State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and received an MBA from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Graduate Council Fellowship.

You can contact Deborah at dchapman@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.


Lauren Meyer

CareerEdge Program Coordinator

lauren-meyer-headshot-300x300-e1529937104836.jpgLauren joined CareerEdge Funders Collaborative as the Program Coordinator in 2016. She is responsible for assisting with data management, social media, and community/media outreach. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the CareerEdge team! In her free time, she likes to dance ballet, read books, and travel.

Lauren is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Communication Digital Media Studies, with a Business minor. Her main focus has been in areas such as public relations, marketing, and digital media.

Before joining CareerEdge, Lauren held internships in television and news production at Florida State University with University Communications. She was responsible for planning news stories, interviews, and developing branded content. She also has participated in the Disney College Program and has interned with an event consulting company Suncoast Connections assisting with event planning and logistics. She was responsible for coordination with clients, social media outreach, press releases, and the overall management of the planned events. Lauren also assisted a tech start-up, Viva Green Homes, as their Media and Communications Coordinator. She was able to develop a branded press and social media campaign for the new company and assisted the president in market research to grow and bring awareness to the company.

You can contact Lauren at lmeyer@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4029.


Want to learn more about CareerEdge Funders?

Please visit careeredgefunders.org.

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Welcome Sarah Felder to The Chamber Team

We are pleased to introduce our newest addition to our team at The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Felder.

Sarah Felder

Sarah will fulfill her responsibilities as a Membership Development Representative, working to grow our membership base and communicating the value of member benefits. She has been a part of the Sarasota community for the past 10 years and brings more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience to The Chamber.

Sarah grew up in Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. She enjoys spending time with her young daughters, practicing yoga, creating fun food and being outdoors.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah to the team. We are thrilled to have her!

And don’t forget. You can take advantage of our referral program and get a discount on your membership by sending your referrals to our Membership team. If you know of a business or individual that can benefit from a membership with The Greater Sarasota Chamber, send your referrals to Sarah for more information. You can contact her at sfelder@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4029.

Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.

During the 2015-2016 year, Chris Gallagher, Hoyt Architects, served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. As the Chamber Program year comes to a close this month, Gallagher takes the time to reflect on his past year.

IMG_9352Fellow Chamber Members:

A simple thought as my chairmanship draws to a close: One of the really neat things about Chamber membership – as we build our own careers and our own businesses, we help build a better, stronger community.

Mick Fleming, President of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, said it best, “Chamber of Commerce missions have always been two pronged: profitability for members today, and prosperity for community tomorrow.” Continue reading “Non nobis solum nati samus. Not for ourselves alone are we born.”