The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce recently named 27 individuals to its Leadership Worcester class of 2021, a program that aims to help future leaders understand more about the Worcester community and the diversity of emerging leadership.
The class was selected by committee and includes a diverse group of 19 women and eight men from Central Massachusetts. The selection committee sought motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns, and who want to learn and hone new leadership skills.
Joining the class of 2021 is Kelleher & Sadowsky associate Chris Naff, an experienced real estate professional who represents clients in the purchase, sale and lease of property across an array of market sectors, including multi-family, retail and land transactions. When Chris is not working commercial real estate deals, he is active in the local community, including a Member of the Millbury Board of Selectmen; Chairman of the Asa Waters Mansion Task Force; Member of the MBTA Advisory Board; and a Delegate of the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission..
“ It is a great honor to be selected for this year’s Leadership Worcester class,” states Naff. “It is a privilege to join such an impressive group of diversified and emerging leaders in the region. I’d like to thank the Worcester Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this fantastic program and Kelleher & Sadowsky for supporting my involvement.”
The 2021 Leadership Worcester training program begins on September 10 and will conduct monthly sessions exploring topics related to Central Massachusetts The first session, for example, will be about education and youth development, according to a press release.
“With the pandemic and decades of racial injustice affecting the nation, now more than ever, we need leaders — those who understand the needs of our community and will step up to facilitate change and inclusivity,” said Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “In its seventh year, Leadership Worcester has a track record of cultivating just such individuals. Graduates of the program have stepped up in many ways, before and during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement. I know that this new class will do the same to help us navigate these challenges and those that may lie ahead.”