Barfield of Great Bend Chamber of Commerce completes second year at Institute for Organization Management

WASHINGTON, DC – Megan Barfield, president of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, recently completed her second year at the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison, Wis.

“Institute graduates are recognized nationwide as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of the Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management. the United States. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication to succeed professionally and organizationally in the dynamic association and chamber industries. »

Barfield began his nonprofit career in 2014 with Volunteers in Action, followed by the Golden Belt Community Foundation, both in Great Bend. In 2016, she started at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce as Director of Member Relations before assuming her current role as President/CEO in January 2020.

Since its inception in 1921, the Institute’s program has trained tens of thousands of leaders of associations, chambers, and other nonprofit organizations on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. The Institute’s program consists of four one-week sessions at four different universities across the country. Through a combination of required and elective courses 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 more efficient.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization representing businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy.

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