Gettys Receives IOM Recognition

August 12, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Sondra Getttys

Institute of Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Sondra Gettys, IOM, Vice President of the Greater Lexington Chamber, has graduated from the program 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 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 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 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 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.

“We are very proud of Sondra’s recent graduation from the Institute of Organizational Management, the premier professional development program of the U S Chamber of Commerce. With her four years of concentrated study, Sondra has acquired the latest knowledge on ‘best practices’ as a chamber professional working and leading in nonprofit management,” said GLC&VC President/CEO Randy Halfacre. “With her newly acquired education and know how, she will be able to help transform our Chamber into the community organization having the most profound impact on economic prosperity and future job creation. Needless to say, we are not only extremely proud of her, but are honored to have her on staff here at our Chamber.”