AACCNJ’s Nicole Baptiste Honored by Chamber Executives With 40 Under 40 Recognition


Photo of Nicole Baptiste courtesy of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.Nicole Baptiste, of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ), has been named to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2023 Forty Under 40 list of emerging leaders shaping the chamber of commerce industry. 

This annual recognition program showcases 40 of the industry’s top emerging leaders who have demonstrated success in their careers and made significant contributions to the communities they serve. The list includes CEOs and staff professionals from a wide variety of roles and chamber sizes, honored for their creativity, dedication and commitment to identifying innovative solutions that will help shape the future of the chamber profession.

Baptiste joined the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey as an Administrative Executive Assistant in 2018. Before her employment, she volunteered at the chamber as Adjunct Staff beginning in 2011.

“Thank you to the ACCE for recognizing me as an emerging leader in our industry,” Baptiste said in a released statement by ACCE. “This achievement is a testament to my hard work and dedication to the AACCNJ. Being acknowledged in this way inspires me to continue working towards achieving my goals and making a positive impact in our community.”

Baptiste entered into her previous role as Membership Relations and Special Programs Manager in January 2019. Her areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to: special program management, monthly account payables and receivables reporting, management of member tracking systems, weekly meetings with members, membership communications and outreach, website management, event website management, webinar platform management/guest coordination and preparation, and scheduling of radio show guests for the weekly radio show. 

“I am inspired by these talented professionals who are making a difference in their organizations and the communities they serve,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Their passion and dedication not only foster positive change in their regions, but also shape a promising future for those they impact.” 

ACCE has over 1,600 chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations as members, representing more than 9,000 professionals in the industry.

Eligible chamber professionals must be nominated by their chamber’s president/CEO, direct supervisor or board chair. Candidates must demonstrate meaningful involvement in the advancement of their community and proven professional success within their chamber. 

As vice president of membership acquisition and financial administration, Baptiste continues to execute the aforementioned responsibilities along with an increased involvement in activities that afford a greater impact on the growth and sustainability of the AACCNJ.

Baptiste received her IOM designation after completing a four-year Chamber Executive Management Program, at The University of Arizona Tucson, in January 2023. Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Graduates receive over 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

The full 2023 Forty Under 40 list was announced publicly in the Fall 2023 edition of Chamber Executive, ACCE’s digital magazine. View all the honorees online at https://magazine.acce.org.

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