The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Institute for Organization Management has awarded a National Institute Scholarship to Donna Schuman Germain, communications director of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral. The scholarship recognizes her involvement in industry professional organizations, community service and professional background.
Germain will attend the Northeast Chamber Institute located at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., this summer.Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance and membership, participants are able to enhance their organizational management skills and add new energy and leadership tactics to their organizations to infuse more efficient and effective methods and procedures.
Graduates receive the Institute for Organization Management recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive or Certified Association Executive certifications. Fewer than 1,000 individuals attend the Institute annually.
Germain began her career at the Chamber in 2004 as membership relations manager, and was promoted to her current role in 2005. She serves as staff liaison for Leadership Cape Coral as well as the Membership Development Committee. Germain is also publisher and editor of the organization's "Chamber Trends" magazine, and organizes chamber events including the Chairman's Gala, Candidates' Forum, Candidates Hobnob and Speed Politics.
The Institute of Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Since its commencement in 1921, the 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 stronger business advocates.