Carlisle Area Chamber appoints new president and CEO


There’s a new leader at the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nicole Deary, executive director of Leadership Cumberland for the last five years, will begin as president and CEO of the Chamber on Aug. 22. She has more than 18 years of fundraising, marketing and community leadership experience, including a stint as the Chamber’s events and marketing director.

Deary has also held positions with the Shippensburg University Foundation and Project SHARE.

“Nicole’s experience paired with her drive and creativity will set the Chamber up for success in the near and distant future,” Ashleigh Goss, chairperson of the Chamber’s board, said in a release. “She has fantastic ideas that will build upon the Chamber’s strong relationships to assist in the community’s growth as a whole.”

In addition, the Chamber announced that Leadership Cumberland will now be a joint endeavor of the Carlisle Area Chamber and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.

“My plan is to increase the Chamber’s vision and work with our members to be the catalyst for growth in our business community and within Cumberland County,” Deary said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to bring Leadership Cumberland along with me as well as partner with the West Shore Chamber to continue to serve the county in developing effective leaders for the workplace and community.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Lancaster Chamber to hold annual dinner online

Thomas Baldrige, president of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, addresses an audience of over 2,000 local business leaders at the chamber’s 147 annual dinner. last year. PHOTO/SUBMITTED 

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner will be held as a free one-hour live-streamed event at Lancaster’s Clipper Magazine Stadium on Oct. 1.

The chamber’s 148th annual dinner was originally planned to be held on May 21, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-hour event will follow a “nine-inning program” format to coincide with its new baseball stadium setting, the chamber wrote in an accompanying press release.

“We are looking forward to showcasing this inspirational event that honors where we’ve been, reflects on where we are, and looks towards the future with hope as we build towards where we will go—together,” said Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the chamber.

Baldrige added that the Lancaster community has continued to show its resilience and perseverance in the midst of a challenging and difficult year.

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who was slated to be the dinner’s keynote speaker, will instead offer a virtual keynote one month after the event on Nov. 6. Tickets for that event are $50.