U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards Five Chamber Professionals in Alabama the State Partnership Scholarship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 2, 2020                      Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802

U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards Five Chamber Professionals in Alabama the State Partnership Scholarship

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Stan Witherow, President, Albertville Chamber of Commerce; Debbie Ashburn, Vice-President of Investor Relations & Membership Services, Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce; Mackenzie Kayler, Manager of Programs and Events, Opelika Chamber of Commerce; Kelly M. Brandin, Executive Administrator, Opp and Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce; and, Shellie Whitfield, Executive Director, Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, have been awarded a State Partnership Scholarship in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The scholarship is awarded to first-year Institute attendees who were chosen based on qualifications set by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation program.

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 four 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.

Each of the State Partnership recipients will attend one of Institute’s four sites in 2020. Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying 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 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 (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.