Carissa Fairbanks, IOM and Laura Nagore, IOM

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Metro Chamber is pleased to announce that Carissa Fairbanks, IOM, communications director and Laura Nagore, IOM, chief financial and operations officer have graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 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 non-profit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “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 non-profit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their investors and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four week-long 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 investor development, 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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM) is a professional development program that keeps standards of performance very high,” said Michael Varney, president & CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber.  “When a Tucson Metro Chamber staff person graduates from IOM, we know they have a broadly based platform of core competencies that will help them excel in everything they do and keep the Tucson Metro Chamber on the cutting edge of performance.”

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.

The Tucson Metro Chamber is an investor-based business advocacy and economic expansion organization that represents more than 1,500 businesses, employing more than 160,000 employees in the greater Tucson area.