Why The Institute for Management Studies (IMS)?

IMS is the premier leadership and learning solution for your business no matter what size. We have a long history of excellence, our thought-leaders are experts in their fields and include best-selling authors, consultants, academics, and researchers. Over our nearly 50-year history, we have introduced our members to groundbreaking thought-leaders like Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Beverly Kaye, David Allen, Marshall Goldsmith, and hundreds of others.

IMS puts you in the driver’s seat of your organization’s leadership development journey and allows you to select curated courses to help your employees thrive. IMS takes the guesswork out of leadership development by delivering a list of high-quality courses that align with key leadership competencies, critical learning pathways, and your business goals, so you focus on what’s most important to you, your people!

Leadership and professional development is a journey – and it takes a team to succeed. As your regional director, I’m here to make you and your team look like ROCKSTARS! I can brainstorm with you about individual development needs, connect you with local peers, develop and provide customized videos, presentations, and more. Just ask!

We are here to help you and your business thrive!

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Our Membership 

Starting in 2022, IMS membership is just $4,400 annually (or $1,100 quarterly), whether you have ten or ten thousand employees! Partnering with IMS is the best solution to supplement your training and workforce development. We take the guesswork out of leadership development and bring the experts to you, in curated leadership development plans to fit your unique needs. 

Your personal concierge, Stacey Schroeder will guide you through the process to choose the perfect learning journeys to suit your professional development needs. 

Included with your membership is:
  • Unlimited complimentary registrations to monthly, 1-hour live virtual leadership conversations.
  • Exclusive, members-only access to our paid virtual and live learning journeys led by world-class thought leaders. Our learning journeys include a live or virtual program, additional resources, 30-day access to a customized landing page with a discussion board, curated microlearning resources and session recordings, and a virtual 1-hour group coaching session ~ 3 weeks after the program.
  • Unlimited access to our world-class microlearning library with over 2,800 resources, with full capability to sort and filter, save favorites, create playlists and share with any of your employees at any time.
  •  Access to our customizable monthly automated marketing system to easily inform your employees about upcoming IMS opportunities.
  • 24/7/365 support from IMS Director, Stacey.
  • The opportunity to provide input to help determine our schedule each year.

What Exactly is a Learning Journey?

Our virtual learning journeys extend beyond the initial 3-hour program. They include ongoing support from the thought leader for 30 days while you apply your learning. This is designed to overcome the forgetting curve that is so prevalent in most 'event-based' programs.

Get ready for:

  • A front row "seat" to meet this expert and ask questions.
  • Interactive polls and breakout rooms to connect with other participants.
  • 30-day access to an exclusive landing page with a message board, related micro-learning videos, and an event replay to watch at your convenience. 
  • Guided notes to cement your learning. 
  • A complimentary 1-hour follow-up session with the thought leader (a great time to ask specific questions).
  •  A certificate of completion and continuing education credits through SHRM and CPE.

We're planning to bring back live, full-day sessions in late 2022 / early 2023. They include ALL the benefits above, with the extra perk of in-person networking!


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Notable Faculty

Our Region's IMS Members:

Thank you to all of our IMS members for their continued support towards their workforce training and development!

Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc
Erie Insurance
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
FedEx Custom Critical
The J.M. Smucker Co.
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center
Medical Mutual
MSA Safety
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Pilot Co.
Sisters of Charity Health System
SITE Centers
Westfield Insurance
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