Jessica Welch Recognized for Leadership During National Business Women’s Week 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Jessica Welch, vice president of operations, Greater Irvine Chamber, was recognized for her community leadership by Agapay in celebration of National Business Women’s Week, Oct. 21-25.

“Women bring diverse perspectives that drive innovation and provide unique intellectual capital to propel business growth. As business growth continues to become increasingly dependent on gender diversity, women will likewise continue to have a stronger voice in many facets of leadership, commerce, and enterprise,” Welch said. “At the Greater Irvine Chamber, women are well represented in proactive and leadership roles on the staff and board of directors, helping to identify and drive business growth opportunities in the region.”

Rising to the executive team at the Greater Irvine Chamber, Welch has been instrumental in leading the organization to numerous accomplishments, including earning a Five-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a role model for countless professionals throughout the chamber industry and in the local business community.

Welch has also been recognized as a 2018 Woman to Watch by the California Women’s Leadership Association, a statewide organization committed to bringing together influential women to effect meaningful change in communities. In 2018 she graduated from Leadership Tomorrow Orange County, a nonprofit organization designed to cultivate, inspire, connect, and empower an effective community of leaders. Welch serves on the board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE), WACE Foundation, WACE Academy Steering Committee, and is a regular speaker at the association’s annual conferences. She is a graduate of WACE’s 3-year chamber management Academy, and currently chairs WACE’s Emerging Leaders Council. Welch received WACE’s 2018 Gerald W. Hathaway Staff Person of the Year Award. She serves on the ACCE IDEA Lab Taskforce, and is a graduate from the U.S. Chamber’s West Institute for Organization Management, a development program for association, chamber, and nonprofit professionals. 

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