Chamber President Graduates from Vigorous Professional Development Program

Steve Clark, Chair, Northeast Institute Board of Regents (left), Joseph Henning, IOM, Chair, Institute National Board of Trustees (right) recognizes Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Marilyn Balcombe (center) as an Institute for Organization Management graduate. Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The four-year program educates leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  (photo credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

Steve Clark, Chair, Northeast Institute Board of Regents (left), Joseph Henning, IOM, Chair, Institute National Board of Trustees (right) recognizes Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Marilyn Balcombe (center) as an Institute for Organization Management graduate. Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The four-year program educates leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.
(photo credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

Gaithersburg /Germantown, MD (August 15, 2017) – The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) would like to congratulate Marilyn Balcombe, President & CEO for completion of the Institute for Organization Management. Balcombe attended the Northeast Institute at Villanova University for the past 4 summers.

A professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Institute for Organization Management was designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management. Graduates of the four-year Institute for Organization Management program receive the IOM Graduate Recognition, signifying 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

The curriculum, comprised of four week-long sessions, is taught by university professors, industry experts, and leading practitioners in the chamber and association industries. While on-site, attendees participate in course instruction and engage in lively discussions on a multitude of matters affecting the association and chamber industries. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues, human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running a nonprofit organization.

Being at Institute was a great opportunity. It has made our chamber stronger and more relevant in our community. As a life-long learner, I really valued the high-quality instruction I received,” said Balcombe.


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The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at www.ggchamber.org.

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