In August, Kat Thompson completed her second year at Institute for Organization Management (IOM), a four-year nonprofit leadership training program through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Kat was awarded a National Institute Scholarship which recognizes each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.
“National Institute scholarships offer executives the opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of IOM at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”
Kat attended IOM with other nonprofit leaders at the Villanova site just outside of Philadelphia for her second year of the weeklong program, packed full of courses, including required classes on law, foundations, events, marketing, management, and government affairs, and electives focusing on community and economic development, workforce, and policy.
“Not only am I learning how to build a stronger organization and better serve our members in the Venango Area, but connecting with industry professionals and growing my network of peers are also invaluable parts of this program,“ said Kat.
“I’ve stayed in touch with many of my classmates and staff from the first year, sharing ideas and best practices, and I plan to continue engaging with this amazing group of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders through my completion of the program in two years and beyond.”
This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s September 2023 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.