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LINC Announces 2 New Board Members

Karianne gelinas and sandra bieber new board members

LINC, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities, announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors: Karianne Gelinas, vice president of regional partnerships and talent strategies at Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) and Sandra Bieber, manager of operations and community development at Discover Lehigh Valley.

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LINC Hosts Successful Inclusion Summit Promoting Equity, Belonging Efforts Within The Lehigh Valley

Attendees networking in business attire in a large, bright room at the Inclusion Summit.

LINC, a nonprofit organization that helps employers advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies in the workplace and community, in alliance with Lehigh Valley Partnership, hosted over 100 CEOs and executive leaders at its second Lehigh Valley Inclusion Summit on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Olympus Corporation of the Americas Headquarters in Center Valley.

The event included a CEO keynote panel, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking. The CEO panel was moderated by Tyrone Russell, CEO of Faces International, and featured Vincent Sorgi, president and CEO of PPL Corporation; Jean-Claude Dubacher, chairman and CEO of B. Braun of America Inc.; and Kassie Hilgert, president and CEO of ArtsQuest.

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CEO Action Group Holds Regional Summit to Further Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Within the Lehigh Valley

About 120 regional CEOs and executives gathered to advance and integrate diversity and inclusive excellence.

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CEO Action Regional Summit Promotes Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Within the Lehigh Valley

LINC assembles regional CEOs to advance and integrate diversity and inclusive excellence.

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Why Young People Are Moving to the Lehigh Valley

Some have been paying attention, but for others, the Lehigh Valley’s comeback (from something like the washed-up, jilted ex of expired industries like Bethlehem Steel to a network of thriving, reinvented communities) hasn’t fully registered. Of course, the proximity to New York and Philadelphia is an obvious plus, but looking inward, years of hard work to build up the ABE area has borne nutritious fruit.

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How New People Get LINC'd in the Valley

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We’re moving where?

Lehigh Valley — beautiful location, many things to do, great place to raise a family — it’s familiar to the 830,000 people already living here.

But for a new person who just received a job offer, there is more at stake. Their experience is short: fly in, drive to corporate headquarters, interview and back to the airport — only seeing the Lehigh Valley from a few thousand feet in the air.

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LINC-ing Professionals to the Lehigh Valley

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Shortly after relocating to the Lehigh Valley from North Carolina, Lindsay and Chris Cardenas recall the night the gas tank was on empty as they followed their smartphones looking for a gas station.

One recommendation was actually a repair garage. Another was closed.

“As it turns out, there was a Wawa five minutes away,” Lindsay Cardenas said. “But we didn’t know what a Wawa was.”
But that’s just the type challenge and uncertainty – no matter how small – that career transplants face when they move into a new area. So a group of employers envisioned a welcome wagon, of sorts, in an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible and keep professionals in the Lehigh Valley.

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