A message from the Chamber’s President & CEO Rob Wonderling to our community regarding the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Dear Friends,

Leaders are often driven by the imperative to provide answers for their clients, their teams, and even themselves.

But in times such as these, as we pass the two-month mark of our stay-at-home order, leaders need to resolve that it is altogether fitting, well, and good to continue to be seeking answers and support.

The twin drum beats of “how” and “when” declare loudly that questions about reopening continue to outstrip answers. But, as leaders, it is altogether fitting, well, and good to not have all the answers as we work collaboratively to reopen our regional economy in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our employees and citizens.

And it is altogether fitting, well, and good to continue to seek opportunities in these uncertain times. Opportunities for new touchpoints with your customers and clients, opportunities to explore new ways of working, and, perhaps most importantly, opportunities to grow your business and reset our economy.

Finally, while it might not be good or well, it is completely understandable to be stressed. These are overwhelming times, both personally and professionally, and prioritizing the mental health and wellbeing of those around us will help us prepare for the hard work still ahead.

I am particularly concerned with the wellbeing of those colleagues who are just starting their careers. This will be a difficult time to be a young professional. I encourage you to seek out resources to support our young colleagues and continue the important work of growing our next generation of leaders. If you’re looking for a good place to start, the Chamber’s Young Professionals Council recently provided tips for managing your mental health during crisis.

And as we move forward, it is altogether fitting, well, and good for us to come together collaboratively, as families, companies, and communities, to determine our collective next steps together.

Stay safe, connected, and healthy, and continue to let us know how we can help.


Rob Wonderling
President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia