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Building and Maintaining a Coalition of Concerned and Committed Business Leaders in Pennsylvania Diane E. Halstead Director- Business Partnerships Pennsylvania Key. Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. Why do business leaders make a difference in child advocacy? .

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Building and Maintaining a Coalition of Concerned and Committed Business Leaders in Pennsylvania Diane E. HalsteadDirector- Business PartnershipsPennsylvania Key

Pennsylvania

Early Learning Investment Commission


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Why do business leaders make a difference in child advocacy?

  • Lessons learned…..

  • Business leaders grab the attention of legislators

  • and the media

  • They are “unlikely messengers”

  • Perceptions matter

  • Style matters

  • Making a credible “investment argument”


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What convinces business leaders to become legislative advocates for children?

  • Making a significant difference

  • Improving the company’s image with employees

  • Enhancing the company’s appeal to customers

  • Strengthening leadership skills

  • Networking


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How can you recruit business leaders to be “champions” for children?

  • Be strategic

    • Opinion leaders drive thinking on current issues

    • Highly influential business leaders

  • Tap into their desire for involvement

    • Many want to “give back” to the community

    • Ask them to get involved in legislative advocacy…“roll up their sleeves”


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How can you work effectively with business leaders?

  • Take business leaders into the early childhood community – ECE site visits builds “experiences”

  • Develop a concrete legislative agenda

  • Staff them – support with talking points, research, and local data

  • Determine what other resources businesses can provide


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Tips for partnering with business leaders…

  • Use business leaders’ time sparingly & strategically

  • Become “bilingual” and “bicultural”

  • Be prepared to share the stage & assume new role

  • Develop realistic timeframe

  • Celebrate successes…no matter how small


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Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC)

  • Goal:

  • Build a permanent, sustainable network of business champions who understand the solid connection between quality early childhood experiences and a strong Pennsylvania economy, and who effectively communicate this message to other business leaders, members of business-related groups, and policy makers.


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ELIC Work Plan - Responsibilities:

  • Attend 2 face-to-face meetings each year (Fall Prep & Spring Summit) and group calls around advocacy

  • Media outreach: Opinion-Editorials, letters to the editor, press events

  • Early childhood program site visit – not just a photo op!

  • Speakers’ Bureau – PPTs prepped, leave behind materials produced, secure site, run equipment

  • Legislative & gubernatorial advocacy – training & support materials…3 touches

  • Support to regional organizations interested in building local coalitions of business leaders


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Regional coalitions…building a state-wide “net”

  • Summit – facilitates regional collaboration, level-set everyone

  • Commission – forms “core” of regional effort & consistency in messaging, critical mass needed

  • Local organization – “staffs” members, leads effort

  • State Director – provides guidance and support to regional teams


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  • Diane Halstead

  • Director – Business Partnerships

  • PA Early Learning Investment Commission

  • 301 Market Street, 9th Floor

  • Harrisburg, PA 17101-2224

  • 717-213-2069

  • [email protected]


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