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Local chamber president graduates from three-year management program

Provided to the TribuneScott Raty, left, chair of the WACE Academy, presents a certificate of completion to Betty "B" Gorman, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Diane Schwenke, right, is the chair of the WACE board.

Betty “B” Gorman, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, among 31 chamber executives who graduated Feb. 5 from the WACE Academy in San Francisco, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

The academy is an interactive three-year program on chamber management essentials for chamber executives and staff professionals.

“We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development,” said Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. president.

During the three-year program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and completed additional independent study outside of the classroom in order to meet graduation requirements. Gorman’s additional study work was focused on economic development, including courses by the International Economic Development Council and a week-long program at the California Association for Local Economic Development.

“We are very pleased with the efforts that B has put into furthering her chamber and economic development skills and knowledge, as this expertise directly assists (our chamber) and its members as we strive to build a better economy for our members and the community at large,” said Patrick Atherton, chamber board president.

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