Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, announces that Kristen Loera, president/CEO of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce, has completed her second year in its four-year, nonprofit leadership training program at Southeast Institute in Athens, Georgia.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, 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 educated 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. The institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five 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.

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 is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; it is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. The chamber educates the public on the conditions necessary for businesses and communities to thrive, how business positively affects communities and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.