Laura Grimes, chief financial officer at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, received the IOM recognition from Institute for Organization Management, a four-year professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. As a graduate of Institute, Grimes has completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.
The curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions offered annually at five locations across the country. Participants learn from university professors, industry experts and leading practitioners in the chamber and association industries. Courses topics include advocacy, membership, media training, finance, legal issues, human resources and other facets of running a nonprofit organization.
Grimes, who has an accounting background, said that program was an opportunity to learn more about the Chamber industry as a whole. It also connected her with other professionals who share similar experiences.
“After my four years in the Institute for Organization Management program, I walked away with more knowledge about the Chamber industry as well as great ideas and best practices to take back to my organization,” Grimes said. “The program was also an opportunity to connect with and learn from other chamber, association and nonprofit professionals.”
Grimes joins Conway Area Chamber colleagues Brad Lacy, president and CEO, and TJ Johnston, executive vice president, in earning the IOM recognition. For more information about the program, visit Institute.USChamber.com.