Blackwell's Chamber Coordinator just recieved a major certification: what it means

by Charles Gerian

Blackwell’s Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Noel Black has just completed an extensive course with the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Insitute for Organization Management.

Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 credit hours of course instruction in non-profit management.

Black was hired by the Blackwell Chamber of Commerce in June 2023 and began her career by stating that she planned to honor Blackwell’s long-standing traditions while also bringing America’s Hometown into the future with new and exciting programs.

Since arriving, Black has participated in the 4th of July Parade, Blackwell Spirit Award Recognition, Homecoming events, Christmas programs, and more. Currently, she is helping to prepare for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Program next month.

She is also a member of the Leadership Blackwell Class of 2024

Black, a Lamont native, graduated in 2005 from Tonkawa High School.

She started in the commerce industry in 2012 as an administrative assistant for the Perry Chamber of Commerce.

She was the tourism coordinator for the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce. She went back to the Perry Chamber as the communications and events coordinator before becoming the president and CEO there.

Participants in the IOM Program can earn credit hours towards the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE), certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend

Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of the Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

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. The 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 can enhance their organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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 is the world’s largest business organization representing companies of all sizes across every sector of the economy. Members range from the small businesses and local chambers of commerce that line the Main Streets of America to leading industry associations and large corporations.