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Attendees have hard time describing impact of IHRSA Institute

IHRSA Institute attendees got a lot out of the education sessions.IHRSA can write stories, blow up social media and get countless testimonials, but until you attend an event you can’t comprehend the breadth of the learning, networking and commiserating. 

This may not be any more true than during the IHRSA Institute - part because there is nothing like it anywhere in the industry, but also because it’s been five years since it was last offered.

The IHRSA Institute was held last week, Aug. 5-8,  at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“It was fan-tastic,” said Missy Moss, who paused for effect. “I am having a hard time finding the one word that can describe the entire week.”

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Past attendees rave about IHRSA Institute

Suffice to say that Lisa Gorsline got something out of the IHRSA Institute.

The president and general manager at Corpus Christi Athletic Club in Texas not only attended the last event in 2009 - one year after her inaugural Institute – but she was the first person to register for this year’s event.

“I didn’t know what to expect in 2008 but from my very first day I was really happy (I decided to go) and was excited to be there,” she said. “My experience was a lot better than I expected it to be. The education sessions, as well as the team (building), inspired me and helped me boost morale (back at Corpus Christi). It took me to the next level and helped me learn new management skills. To be able to bring that back to the club was phenomenal.”

The IHRSA Institute, which is Aug. 5-8 at Kenan-Flagler Business School on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is back after a five-year hiatus. The all-inclusive event features graduate-level education with top-notch educators – many of whom are Institute graduates - in small classroom settings. Over the four days there are many networking, team building and social events that give attendees plenty of time to commiserate with classmates and educators alike.

Read on to see more from past IHRSA Institute attendees.

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