A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Kat Deal and Christopher McDermott both recently completed their first year of the Institute for Organization Management, a four year nonprofit leadership training program at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Deal, who started working at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce in 2018 as the Events & Programs Manager, and McDermott, who started one year prior as the Public Affairs Manager, both serve the chamber community in pivotal roles.
“Having the opportunity to collectively meet with other organization professionals nationwide and bring back what I have learned to implement here in our own organization has been an incredible opportunity,” said Kat Deal. “It’s important that we continue to innovate and originate while we position our members as proactive leaders in North Central Massachusetts.”
“”IOM was a great opportunity to learn about what goes into managing a Chamber or association and expand beyond my current role,” said Christopher McDermott. “The network I gained this past July will undoubtedly prove invaluable as I build my career.”
“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 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.