Conway Chamber’s Laura Davis earns IOM recognition

Laura Davis, account executive at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, received the IOM graduate recognition in July from the Institute for Organization Management.

Institute is a four-year professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. As a graduate of Institute, Davis has completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

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. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions offered annually at five locations across the country.

Through a combination of required courses and electives 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 run more efficiently and effectively.


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Davis joins six Conway Area Chamber colleagues in earning the IOM graduate recognition. She is pictured with Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Chamber. Lacy was appointed to the Board of Regents of Institute for Organization Management in 2012, serving as chairman in 2018. He completed his term on the board in 2019 but remains a faculty member for Institute.


“It was an honor for me to have been given the opportunity to walk through and complete the Institute for Organization Management program with some outstanding, forward-thinking industry peers from across the country,” Davis said. “I not only gained an advanced understanding of my purpose for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce but also a greater appreciation for the impact of the industry as a whole.

“The chamber, association, and nonprofit executives in the IOM program with me have collectively shared unparalleled ideas, goals, strategies, and programs that I will carry with me throughout my career.”

Davis joins six Conway Area Chamber colleagues in earning the IOM graduate recognition: Brad Lacy, president and CEO; Laura Grimes, chief financial officer; Lindsay Henderson, chief operating officer; Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of Toad Suck Daze and events; Adena White, director of communications; and Therese Williams, director of events.

Lacy was appointed to the Board of Regents of Institute for Organization Management in 2012, serving as chairman in 2018. He completed his term on the board in 2019 but remains a faculty member for Institute, providing instruction and sharing resources in targeted courses.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

For more information about the program, visit Institute.USChamber.com.