Symes graduates from Institute for Organization Management

August 30, 2013 

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently announced that Chrissy Symes, director of special events for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM.

Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM graduate recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” Raymond P. Towle, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management said in a statement “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.

Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

“Chamber Institute, as we know it, has been invaluable to me and my peers across the country,” said Lee’s Summit Chamber President Nancy Bruns. “Our Chamber is fortunate to now have five graduates of the Institute program on staff. It takes dedication and commitment to our profession to complete the course and we are proud of Chrissy for this accomplishment.”

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

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