Tempe Chamber Virtual Event Success

by Sukki Janke

In 2020, the pandemic was a challenge in many ways, and early in the process the Tempe Chamber moved all its signature events to a virtual format. While following all CDC guidelines, the team at Video West helped the Tempe Chamber produce six live broadcast events seen by record numbers of registrants. With focus on the content and the ability to provide important messages from sponsors and partners to attendees near and far, these events had great feedback from sponsors, attendees and community leaders because the format provided a safe, time-saving way to deliver relevant content to guests near and far.  We are excited to share recaps from our most recent live broadcasts.

Sustainability Summit 

On August 7, 2020, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Emerging Issues Forum: Sustainability Summit through a live broadcast at the Video West Inc. studio. Presenting sponsor SRP and other local businesses shared several success stories and key examples of ways their organizations practice sustainability. 

City of Tempe’s Sustainability Director Dr. Braden Kay and Arizona State University’s University Sustainability Practices Director Mick Dalrymple provided event attendees best practice tools and program roadmaps to help improve sustainability efforts within their organizations.

Leadership Conference & Virtual Expo

On September 18, 2020, nearly 300 business professionals and community leaders participated in a live broadcast of the 25th Annual Leadership Conference & Virtual Expo, presented by Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. Celebrating 25 years of women in leadership, moderators Jonae Harrison and Dr. Aneesah Nadir interviewed some of the community’s industry-leading women to learn how they have navigated social movements throughout their career. 

To round out the program, U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark discussed the Equality of Opportunity program and policy agenda and its partnership with the Tempe Chamber to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform. 

Annual State of the City with Mayor Corey Woods

On October 30, 2020, the Tempe Chamber’s 22nd Annual State of the City with Mayor Corey Woods, presented by Edward Jones, broke records with more than 750 registered attendees. During his address, Mayor Woods highlighted key business development initiatives, provided strategic municipal progress updates, and addressed the many challenges created by the pandemic and the recovery strategy moving forward. Members of City Council were also highlighted in the address, each providing information on a key community program. 

In the second segment of the program, Tempe Chamber President and CEO Anne Gill sat down with Mayor Woods for a fireside chat to ask questions on behalf of the business community, as well as a short lightning round of personal questions to enable the audience to get to know the newly elected leader. The 2020 State of the City Address is available to view on the City’s Tempe11Video YouTube channel.

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