The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 139th annual meeting on Friday, December 12, 2014 from noon to 2 pm at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Laurie Leshin, President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Dr. Leshin is committed to elevating WPI’s impact in communities worldwide. Leshin brings to WPI more than 20 years of experience as a leader in academia and government service, and an accomplished record as a space scientist. She combines a life-long love of learning and exploration with a strong track record of igniting action to advance critical institutions and programs.

Before joining WPI, Dr. Leshin served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. While at Rensselaer, Dr. Leshin continued her work as a scientist for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission. Before joining Rensselaer, she served as the deputy director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Dr. Leshin previously served as a professor of geological sciences at Arizona State University.

Dr. Leshin received a B.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the program will feature the president’s report and the announcement of new officers and directors.

The cost to attend is $55 per person or $525 for a table of 10. The registration Deadline: Fri., Dec. 5, 2014. Register.

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