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The IHRSA Institute Grows Careers and Industry Stars

It takes a tribe to grow a career – and that’s just what participants join when they attend The IHRSA Institute. Many of the most successful industry executives, including members of the IHRSA Board of Directors, are among the more than 1,000 Institute graduates.

The carefully designed curriculum covers all aspects of running a successful club operation – but the coursework is only half of The Institute experience. What makes the program unique are the planned activities designed to foster the development of life-long professional networks.

“No one succeeds alone,” said Pam O’Donnell, IHRSA Vice President of Member Experience and Development. “The Institute has been designed so that everyone who attends will connect with peers and faculty in a way that makes it natural for them to stay in touch long after they graduate.

“Even in an industry as social as the fitness industry, it can be hard to break the ice. The program is designed to make it easy for people to quickly and easily make connections.” 

Networking made easy

The Institute offers countless opportunities to share ideas with attendees, faculty, sponsors, and the IHRSA staff. The event starts with a fun opening session that will allow you to learn from and about your fellow attendees. Meals, roundtables, and social activities throughout the event are structured to facilitate the exchange of best practices and inspiration and build relationships that last long after the Institute ends.

The Attendee Profile Book provides further insight about your fellow attendees, faculty, sponsors and the IHRSA staff. Photos, contact information, and personal and company profiles are some of the features in this program guide. This is a great resource as you meet new friends onsite and for continuing relationships for years to come. 

All Institute attendees are encouraged to participate in the Logo Swap. You bring items printed with your club's logo, such as hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles or other distinctive items, to swap with fellow attendees. This is a fun networking experience and a great way to show off the uniqueness of your club's logo. 

Whether you attend on your own or with others from your club, be assured that you will find your tribe at The IHRSA Institute.



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