Vienna High School will host its second Business and Community Leaders Dinner at the end of the month.
The meeting will feature Kimberly Barr, who is director of human resources at Voyage Senior Living; Ken Stoner, who works with the Illinois Small Business Development Center; and Vienna Mayor Steve Penrod, who will discuss the new housing development program.
The meal begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the school commons.
“We have a great community,” said VHS superintendent Joshua Stafford. “Bringing together our business and community leaders is an essential step in encouraging continued growth. We want all business and community leaders to come enjoy an evening with their peers and hear information relevant to them and their success.
Participants are requested to confirm their attendance at viennahs.com/cc or call and leave a message at 618-658-4461 ext. 234.
“Vienna High School has intentionally worked to expand programs that connect students to meaningful career opportunities,” Stafford explained of the evening’s roots. “In our efforts to build this capacity, we have a vision that includes establishing a version of a chamber-of-commerce style group that is first and foremost a support to businesses in our community and, at the same time, will be a victory for the students. .”
The first step is the semi-annual business and community leaders dinners. The first was in September 2021, featuring State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) speaking on business and community legislative issues.
Stafford said the dinners are open to all business owners, those associated with businesses, community leaders, elected officials and/or those interested in community employment and economic growth.
“The agenda for these meetings includes a good meal as well as a discussion of how the school’s career programming and the students can help enliven this group and move it forward,” he said. he declares.
Featured at the March 31 meeting:
• Barr is the Director of Human Resources for The Voyage Senior Living at Marion. She has been in business for over 30 years, the last 20 of which have focused on human resources. She obtained her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Barr prides herself on being a problem solver with an ability to train managers to be highly effective leaders with their direct reports. She has worked in telecommunications, finance, insurance and, currently, assisted living facilities for the elderly. She believes that leadership starts on the inside and that HR is responsible for protecting the business and the employees.
• Stoner works actively with small businesses in Illinois through her role with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU. As a former educator and business owner, he turns real-life experience into real-world advice and training, delivering workshops on starting a business in Illinois, getting your business online , trade show best practices, 3D modeling/printing and other topics as needed. . In his nine years with the SBDC, Stoner has worked with over 500 area business owners. The dual focus on business and education, especially experiential education, led him to host and serve on the board of the Jackson CEO Program, which helps turn young entrepreneurs into strong business owners. .
• Penrod served on the Vienna City Council prior to his service as mayor. A longtime resident of Johnson County, he is the retired vice president of USEC, a global energy company and leading provider of enriched uranium fuel and nuclear industry-related services for commercial nuclear power plants. . Penrod worked with the city council on innovative ways to develop and develop Vienna. He will discuss the city’s New Home Development Program, which offers a $10,000 incentive to anyone who builds a new home within city limits.