Leading EDGE: 2015 Chicago Study Mission

Study Mission 2015: Chicago

Do you have the EDGE…

… to engage with a diverse network?
… develop critical business skills?
… give back to our community?
… empower yourself on issues affecting the Capital region?

We want you to represent more than 600 of your YP peers as a participant in the Metro Chamber’s 2015 Study Mission program to Chicago!

The Study Mission program focuses on studying and learning best practices from other cities through interactive panel discussions, site tours and immersion experiences to apply lessons learned back in the Capital Region. This year’s Study Mission program will take participants to Chicago; a city that has garnered national attention as a “Go-To City.” Chicago’s success can be attributed to their ability to celebrate and transform their historical assets into modern day cultural and economic beacons. There’s much to learn, share and bring back to contribute to our local success!

Leading EDGE Awards
To help young professionals experience the benefits Metro Chamber programs have provided for so many others, the Leading EDGE program provides funding support for young professionals to participate in the Study Mission program. As a Leading EDGE awardee, you will represent more than 500 of your YP peers in Chicago, October 6-9, 2015.

Please carefully read Leading EDGE guidelines and applicant criteria below. Applications must be accompanied by a résumé and submitted online no later than 5:00pm PST on July 10, 2015.

Connecting Young Professionals to Leadership Opportunities

The purpose of the Leading EDGE awards is to support the attendance of emerging professionals in key Metro Chamber programs. Awards amounts will vary with a maximum of $2,000 per awardee. NOTE: awards do not cover 100 percent of program costs and awardees must personally contribute or fundraise remaining program costs. If you need assistance fundraising, support is available for ideas and tips.

Applicants must complete and submit a complete application at by July 10, 2015. Following, eligible applicants will be invited to interview with the Leading EDGE selection committee.


Awards will be given to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to the Metro EDGE mission, leadership abilities, and potential for future contributions to the Capital Region and community.

  1. Applicants must be a Metro EDGE member in good standing for at least two years.
  2. Applicants must be active in Metro EDGE.
  3. Applicants must certify availability to attend 2015 Study Mission program
  4. Applicants must be able to contribute or fund raise remaining program costs for participation.
  5. Applicants must complete program application.


Applicants should be exemplary representatives of Metro EDGE as evidenced by:

  1. Metro EDGE Involvement: Evidence of upholding the Metro EDGE mission statement, interest in pursuing the Metro EDGE vision, and overall dedication to driving Metro EDGE and its mission forward.
  2. Professional and Community Engagement: Evidence of involvement, demonstrated accomplishments, and/or leadership positions held in Metro EDGE and other professional organizations, and/or community service.

Awardees will be notified of selection on or before August 7, 2015.



Questions or need help with your application? Contact: Missy McDougall | mmcdougall@metrochamber.org | 916-552-6800 

Active members are defined as those who have served, or are currently serving, on a Metro EDGE committee or those who have participated in Metro EDGE networking, professional development, philanthropy, or regional action events or activities.