Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director, recently completed her sophomore year at the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Currie said the Institute was the “best professional development opportunity she’s had the honor of participating in,” according to a news release.
Her second-year courses included customer service, work force development, legal issues, marketing, revenue development, people and project management and government relations.
“Institute provides the opportunity to establish personal relationships with some of the most innovative and effective leaders in the chamber and association industry,” Currie said in the release. “It’s an invaluable educational and networking opportunity, and the Craig Chamber will reflect the benefits of this program for years to come.”
Since 1921, the Institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites, according to the release.
Throughout the four-year program, Institute participants build relationships with others in the industry.
Through a combination of required courses and electives, 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,” the release stated.
Graduates of Institute receive the IOM designation, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.
In addition, participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive or Certified Association Executive certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.
“I’ve just returned, and though I’ll need a year to digest and implement all I’ve learned, I’m already looking forward to returning for my third and fourth years in Institute,” Currie said.