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Lucia Cape, CCE

Lucia Cape, CCE
Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Industry Relations & Workforce
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber

How has the CCE program helped you grow as a chamber leader?
When my CEO first suggested that I pursue the CCE designation, I did not have enough points to qualify, so for me the process started with completing IOM, making presentations at state and national conferences, and serving on boards and committees. These experiences, combined with the preparation associated with the CCE process itself, were all extremely valuable in giving me a comprehensive understanding of chamber operations that would have otherwise taken many years.

What advice would you give to the next generation of professionals?
Know and respect the past, but don’t let it limit your ideas. Now that I lead a team of people younger than me, I try to offer “lessons learned” without shooting down ideas. Sometimes a fresh perspective and new circumstances can make all the difference, but by learning from what has happened before, we can avoid the same mistakes.

What is your favorite activity to do in your community?
Huntsville has a lot of great music and beautiful outdoor venues, and my favorite things combine the two – Concerts in the Park downtown, band shows at Monte Sano Pool, Microwave Dave Day, Concerts at Three Caves, and City Lights and Stars at the Burritt Museum. Most of these are family-friendly, too, so I can bring my kids with me.

If you had the chance to change something what would it be?
If I could change one thing, it would be providing all students with effective, quality education, compensating for disparities outside the classroom. I am a big believer in public schools, their role in society and democracy, and wish we invested more in ensuring achievement regardless of zip code or income.

What did you want to do at age 12?
At 12, I honestly didn’t think about “doing” or “being” anything. My first career aspiration wasn’t until 15 when I decided I wanted to be a lawyer because of my participation in Model UN. I think it’s important for students to be aware of career options and to explore what they enjoy, recognizing that it can (and should!) change as they learn more about themselves and the world. I certainly didn’t know about the chamber when I was starting my career, but I’m so happy I found it.

 

 

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