Gibbs graduates from four-year intensive leadership training

Wed, 07/30/2008 - 8:32am
By: The Citizen

Virginia Gibbs, president of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program held June 22–26, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

The industry leader in nonprofit education, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute is a four-year program held at five sites each year — one in the winter and four in the summer. Most participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site each year, building valuable relationships with others in the industry and creating a network of idea sharing. Through a combination of required courses and electives, students not only enhance their own organizational management skills but add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. Institute students also earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) designations.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in association, chamber and nonprofit management. “IOM graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM vice president. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region. 

For more information, contact Institute for Organization Management at U.S. Chamber headquarters at 202-463-5570; 1615 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20062-2000;

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