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Tara Lea has added some more tools to her leadership skill set.

Lea is executive director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Lea completed her second year at the Institution for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Winter Institute in Tucson, Ariz.

The Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Raymond Towle, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president for Institute for Organization Management, talked about the value of the program in a prepared statement.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” Towle said. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Lea expressed her appreciation for the experience.

“It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to attend the U.S. Chamber Winter Institute,” Lea told the Tribune. “The weeklong educational setting helped me develop the leadership skills necessary to be an effective change agent for the Fremont Area Chamber.

“I plan on using several of the guiding principles to help raise the vision and performance of our chamber.”

Lea also knows the value of being able to gather with other leaders.

“Having the opportunity to form relationships with other chamber executives across the nation will provide an amazing network of knowledge to use as I strive to be the best chamber executive possible,” she said.

Since its start in 1921, the institute program has worked to educate 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 wee-long sessions at five different university locations throughout the country, the foundation states.

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. They also can add new fuel to their organizations, helping them to run more efficiently and effectively.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Lea became the executive director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce in July 2016.

She is a Dodge County native and a graduate of Logan View High School. She has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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