COO Forum focuses on helping organizations’ second-in-command

The strength of the northern Nevada economy depends on the strength of the people who are second-in-command in their organizations.

They have a lot of different titles on their business cards — chief operating officer, general manager or executive vice president — but they have the responsibility for ensuring that their organizations run well every single day. Their work often is the single most important factor in determining a company’s success.

COO Forum, a nonprofit organization, provides the support that second-in-command executives need.

Open to any business leader who is responsible for the operation of a company or a division, the group provides educational opportunities and allows members to discuss their challenges with their peers in a supportive environment. All the information shared during a Forum meeting is confidential — always.

Members encourage one another to seek out best practices and to develop new and fresh ways of thinking about their responsibilities. Through the professional development provided by the Forum, some members prepare themselves to take on greater responsibilities. All seek to become more effective.

COO Forum isn’t a sales networking group. Members don’t solicit one another.

The strength of Forum is found in the diversity of its membership. Leaders of companies of all sizes from all types of industries are welcome. Members draw on the support and knowledge of a wide network of COO-level experts around the world.

Each member of Forum chooses a level of participation that feels right.

Meetings of the Northern Nevada Chapter usually begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9:30 sharp a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, February 19, at Sierra Nevada Journeys, 190 W. Liberty St.

Guest speaker will be Linda McLean of McLean International, a well-known author and leadership coach. Potential members can attend their first meeting for no charge.

Clearly, membership in COO Forum isn’t for every business leader. But for the second-in-command executive with operational responsibility who seeks to develop and deliver superior performance, COO Forum is a valuable tool.

Interested in learning more? Contact Diana Hoffman, director of the Northern Nevada Chapter of COO Forum, at or visit


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