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Denice Harlan Completes First Year at Institute for Organization Management

14 Jan 2013 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Denice Harlan of Giddings Completes First Year at

Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Washington D.C.undefinedInstitute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Denice Harlan, Executive Director, of the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce has recently completed her First year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at University of Arizona in Tuscon.

“Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” 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 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.


Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit 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 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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

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Denice Harlan attended Institute for Organization Management in Tuscon, Arizona

I am amazed at how much I learned in that short time.  We are very fortunate to live in a community such as ours.  My classmates and I compared notes on many of the things that make our communities similar and different. What was really interesting was how much passion each of these professionals had for their community.

I came back to Giddings ready to tackle some big issues and to find some answers to some challenging questions.  Our board of directors and I will develop several task forces that will work on some of these areas that need attention. Our community is amazing and we want every person that travels through here to see why we love it so much.

Let’s get to work!


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