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News Release: Patrice Persico to receive 2016 ATHENA Award

WILKES-BARRE (April 28, 2016) – The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it has selected Patrice Persico, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at King’s College, as the 2016 ATHENA™ Award recipient. The international award, sponsored locally by Riggs Asset Management, honors an individual for professional excellence, community service and assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Patrice-BlogPersico will receive the award at the Chamber’s Extraordinary People Inspiring Community (EPIC) Celebration, sponsored by Wells Fargo, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square.

“Patrice’s active participation in both professional and volunteer endeavors exhibits her keen sense of pride for the region and her desire to advance Northeastern Pennsylvania as a place for all to live and prosper,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair and nominator Mary Erwine, President of Erwine Home Health & Hospice.

“She has quietly served our community for many years,” added co-nominator Sue Kluger, former executive director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. “She is an example to emerging women leaders and confidant and peer to current women leaders. From the YMCA to Community Health System, she has supported and aided other women in the region to move into leadership roles.”

“Patrice’s business accomplishments reflect three decades of leadership in all three of our community’s key sectors – Academia, Business, and Community,” said Chamber CEO Wico van Genderen. “Her contributions to the community are indeed Epic!”

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America’s Best Communities Update: Downtown Assets and Walkability

“[Wilkes-Barre’s] deep rooted history on the banks of the Susquehanna and natural mountain beauty created a walkable downtown sprinkled with architectural gems, a great Public Square and beautiful waterfront park system, and has created a great downtown vibe with over 40 restaurants, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts that attracts diverse national entertainment and cultural events, and a strong business core driven by innovation and academic centers of excellence.”-Wico van Genderen, President/CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber

Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2015 Annual Dinner

leadershipLeadership Wilkes-Barre 34th Annual Dinner and Graduation, which will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono Hotel & Conference Center. The dinner celebrates Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s graduating class of 2015, and welcomes the incoming Class of 2016.  The public is invited to attend.   “The 2015 Annual dinner marks 34 years of developing community leaders,” said Lori Nocito, Executive Director of LWB.

Forty-eight area professionals who have dedicated over nine months to learning about Northeastern Pennsylvania will be celebrated, and the incoming class will be welcomed.  Individuals interested in attending the cocktail hour and dinner on June 3rd may contact Leadership WB at (570) 823-2101, ext. 135.  For online reservations, visit  Reservations are $70/person.

Boasting an alumni base of over 2,000 servant leaders, LWB was founded in 1981 as a community leadership development organization. A non-profit organization, LWB is dedicated to developing informed and committed leaders from all segments of the community who will serve, strengthen and improve Northeastern Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit

May eBlast: Celebration of Community Leadership, What the Fork WB Ribbon Cutting


May 2015 Chamber eBlast

Chamber E-Blast is a promotional program of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.

It is an affordable way to reach a targeted business audience!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 5 to 7 p.m.

F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts

Featuring the 30TH Anniversary ATHENA Award presentation to Lori Nocito

& I Believe Award Presentations to John Maday and T.B.A.





What the FORK

Downtown Wilkes-Barre

Thursday, May 28th at 11:00 A.M.


What the FORK is opening their first brick and mortar store at 41 South Main Street in the Village Commons. 

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber will be hosting a RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION on May 28th at 11am.

Come for the mouth watering food and celebrate this local food truck legend moves into it’s first storefront!



Women in Business

Tuesday, July 14th

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Mohegan Sun Pocono

10 Common Women’s Sterotypes: Mythbusting Style

Presenter: Jane Elmes-Crahall, Ph.D., Wilkes UniversityTo register now, visit this link.



June 19-21

Downtown Wilkes-Barre & Kingston

Along the Susquehanna RiverFollow them on facebook at

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All Aboard!  Please join the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University for a special event as we celebrate family firms in our area with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders!  Fireworks immediately following the big game.

 See the attached order form to order tickets at a reduced rate for your family  and your business team members. 

We hope to see you there!