News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
As businesses continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19 their attention is quickly pivoting to re-opening as Lehigh and Northampton Counties approach a transition from red to yellow in the governor's re-opening plan. This includes new decisions and procedures on when and how workers return safely to work. Managers must navigate many issues: operations, culture, health, and legal. The legal aspect was the focus of this meeting as employers look to comply with all legal requirements in a dynamic environment.
The meeting's format paralleled that which has become the standard for the Executive Forum's virtual meeting and order of business. This includes time for individual members to provide a personal update to the group as well as their "thank you" to other members. Following this were announcements from the executive committee and the featured presentation.
As the pandemic languishes and suppresses the business environment the Executive Forum continues to meet virtually via Zoom. Twenty-seven members logged onto share their thoughts and experiences with the effects of COVID-19. Members each had a brief moment to provide an update and share any other relevant news. The featured guest was Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba who is a family physician operating a Direct Primary Care office in Fogelsville, PA. Dr. Legg Corba shared about her experiences operating during the coronavirus from a doctor’s point of view. The featured area of her presentation focused on what businesses need to know as they transition back to work, return to normal, and keep employees and others safe.
After practicing in the Lehigh Valley for 15 years, Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba opened the first Direct Primary Care office in the Lehigh Valley on January 2, 2016. More information about Green Hills Direct Family Care, Inc. can be found at https://www.greenhillsdirectfamilycare.com/
The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley hosted a virtual meeting to discuss the topic of COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses. The featured guests were attorneys from Fitzpatrick, Lentz, and Bubba who fielded questions from the audience.
On April 15, thirty members met virtually at 7:30 am. The meeting format has changed from the standard live program, but still embodied the same spirit that distinguishes the Executive Forum. President Rob Baker gave his opening remarks and encouragement, followed by a brief update from each attendee. The meeting quickly moved to the featured presenter Amy Lafko, founder and president of Cairn Consulting Solutions (CCS). CCS specializes in three areas: A cairn serves three purposes: Establish the path to success, Clarify the best route when the path diverges, and Identify hidden obstacles and challenges.
Amy spoke on The Kubler-Ross change curve and various growth strategies to equip business owners to evaluate their personal, team, and organizational response to the crisis. Specifically, the Kubler-Ross change curve gives executives a tool to identify their own feelings and state-of-mind to enable them to lead others through discussions and collaboration during and post-pandemic.
As social distancing sends people into hiding amidst the effects of COVID-19, business owners, managers, and others have felt a greater need to come together to assess the situation. Fear, anxiety, and misinformation are prevalent and the business community needs to rally to endure the pandemic. At no time in recent memory has the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley been a more valuable resource.
As many as thirty-four members logged on at 7:30 AM on April 1st with a tight agenda including legal, financial, insurance, and HR updates. Each member was also provided time to share updates, questions, and other thoughts as it pertained to their businesses and their industries. The time allowed for members to understand the state of the economy directly from those impacted as well as to share best practices.