Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC Women of Business


From left to right: Kara Luzik Canale, Sheilah Borne and Melissa N. Stone. (Photo: Justin Roth / Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC)

Resources, connections, and experience are what set the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC apart from other organizations. The Chamber & CREDC is a trailblazer in business programming that showcases women leaders, including entrepreneurs facing unique challenges. The Chamber & CREDC is proud of the women who have served as our leaders, and those who continue to lead to help grow our region’s economy and improve our quality of life.

Sheilah Borne balances her roles as Vice President of Government Relations for Penn State Health and 2018 Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. In her role as Chair, Sheilah provides leadership to the organization’s 1,000 member businesses and has placed a strong emphasis on mentorship and professional development opportunities to lift up the next generation. “It’s important for young women and girls to see successful business women,” Borne said. “We need to show them what it means to be a leader with strong examples of women making meaningful contributions in their communities.”

Kara Luzik Canale is Vice President of Chamber Operations. Among her various responsibilities, she leads the organization’s diversity initiatives and has a strong background in developing internship and mentorship programs. She recognizes the importance of creating opportunities to meet unique situations. “Women face different challenges than men,” Luzik Canale said. “That doesn’t mean we’re less successful. It means that we need to take a unique approach to professional development and growth.”

Melissa N. Stone is Vice President of Economic Development. She is a recognized leader in connecting businesses with the resources available to help them find success. Her work has helped businesses secure millions of dollars in economic development assistance and create thousands of jobs in Central Pennsylvania. “Entrepreneurs are strong, and women hold more economic power than ever before,” Stone said. “It’s important for us to come together to support and empower each other.”

Chamber Business Women

The Chamber & CREDC has been at the forefront of diversity initiatives, including its Chamber Business Women’s (CBW) program. The mission of CBW is to promote the progression and advancement of business women through education and sharing of ideas and experiences. It provides: Monthly Roundtables: Participants network with other women in the business community at monthly meetings featuring speakers focused on personal and professional development. Mentorship: The CBW Mentorship Program is an official Lean In Circle. Inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s book of the same name, Lean In Circles are small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and grow together. The Lean In Circle provides an opportunity to interact with peers and a circle moderator in a small group setting. For more information on the Chamber & CREDC, please visit www.harrisburgregional-chamber.org.