Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Horton is the recipient of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Institute Scholarship. Horton is only one of 30 professionals across the country to receive the scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM), 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 IOM Vice President Raymond P. Towle. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”
Horton also received a second scholarship toward the institute program from the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Since 1921, chambers of commerce, associations, and other nonprofits have used the U.S. Chamber’s IOM program as a training platform for the professional development of their top talent. The IOM’s curriculum consists of four week-long sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Participants receive training in leadership, organization management competencies, as well as targeted curriculum in membership, technology, and financial management.
Thanks to the scholarship, Horton will attend the Southeast Institute site this year at the University of Georgia in Athens. She will complete the four-year curriculum this summer and receive the IOM recognition, signifying the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, all credit hours earned through the IOM program may be applied toward industry certification.
“We are delighted to award these aspiring professionals with scholarships to help their careers and organizations,” said IOM National Board of Trustees Chairman G. Daniel Hearn, who is also president and CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. “These individuals are dedicated to the industry and make a positive contribution to their organizations and communities.”
The IOM is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 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 is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.