Stephanie Stapleton has big dreams and a desire to bring about positive change in the world.
Right now, she’s changing the local business landscape in a beneficial way at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. A world traveler with an interest in international politics, Stapleton is well-versed in other cultures. But in many ways, she says she’s still “a small town girl.”
Name: Stephanie Stapleton
Occupation: Community Development Director, Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce
Family: Husband and two dogs
Education: Master of Science in International Policy Management from Kennesaw State University
As community development director, what is your vision for the future of the chamber and the role it plays in the local business scene?
A: My vision for the chamber is to see it continue to grow and promote leadership, collaboration and economic development in Cartersville and Bartow County. Working with the business community means I, and the Chamber, have an opportunity to improve our community on the economic, social and political level. I hope to promote interconnectedness and collaboration between businesses and individuals so our community can continue to thrive and grow great leaders.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working with the community in Cartersville and Bartow County?
A: For me, the most rewarding aspect is being able to help craft an even better community. It is really difficult to change the world by yourself, whether that is your local world or on a larger scale. If you can grow and mentor a group of individuals around you, it gets much easier to do and someone you work with and mentor may be a great catalyst for positive change.
What are some upcoming chamber events you are most looking forward to?
A: I am excited for the 2015 Annual Chamber Cookout [on] Oct. 8 that will be held in Founders Square in Downtown Cartersville. Tickets are still available and we will be raffling off a YETI cooler. I look forward to hearing from Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), at our Nov. 9 Quarterly Luncheon. It will be interesting to hear more about the TCSG and their involvement in education and job growth.
I also want to point out the ribbon cuttings we hold for local businesses. I would love to see more people join us in welcoming a new or updated business. We have ribbon cuttings every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and/or 4:30 p.m. It is a great way to meet your local business owners and make a meaningful connection. We always post the information on our Facebook page so come and join us!
If you had a dream job, what would it be?
A: If I am really dreaming, it would be working on policy issues surrounding nuclear proliferation and disarmament; that whole saving the world mentality I seem to have!
What is your greatest achievement?
A: So far, attaining my master’s degree and traveling the world with my husband.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I know a bit of Urdu, which is an official language of Pakistan.
Do you have a personal motto?
A: Don’t panic.
If you were to write your autobiography or memoirs, what would the title be?
A: I would like to think it would say something along the lines of “Stephanie Stapleton and the ways a small town girl is trying to change the world.” However, I’m not sure I have enough life experience for a memoir yet.