Our Forums continue to grow, and are designed to provide peer insights and programming on a variety of topics and business segments. Groups are pre-arranged to include non-competing professionals, and topics of discussion vary by forum.

The format for these sessions includes guest speakers, group problem solving, and sharing of best practices. Groups meet monthly, with time of day determined by group preference, and location rotating among members or at the Economic Alliance.

Marketing Forum

The Marketing Forum is designed to foster growth and development of marketing professionals, as well as meet other marketing professionals. Driven by group discussion, participants will receive advice and tips, learn from others, and grow their professional network.

The Marketing Forum meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Economic Alliance (501 First St. SE) and hosted by group members. Reach out to Jordan Atwater at for more information.

Executive Issues Forum

The Executive Issues Forum is designed to foster discussion around leadership topics, challenges and ongoing leadership skill development. Driven primarily by group discussion, and featuring occasional guest speakers, participants will expand their peer network, receive tips and advice, learn from others and continue their growth and development as organizational leaders. Executives participating typically lead organizations with 10 or more employees.

The Executive Issues Forum meets the second Wednesday of each month with location rotating and hosted by group members. Reach out to Jordan Atwater at for more information.

Food & Beverage Forum

The Food & Beverage Forum is designed to bring together producers and purveyors, restaurant managers, brewery and distillery owners, chefs, bartenders, and food industry creatives for discussion and brainstorming on best practices. Forums provide peer, industry-specific insight on a variety of topics paired with hands-on learning from experts in the field.

Reach out to Jody Guither at for more information.

ESOP Forum

The ESOP Forum includes guest speakers, group problem solving and sharing of best practices. This Forum aims to build a network among local ESOP executives while exploring their local economic impact and assisting each other through increasing ESOP percentage. To learn more about the ESOP Forum, or to be considered for participation, please contact Leadership & Business Program Specialist Jordan Atwater at

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