Community Connect: Mentors Inspiring Success

Capturing the wealth of knowledge in our community and cultivating our community's leaders are important to perpetuating the strength and uniqueness of Greater Des Moines. Community Connect: Mentors Inspiring Success sustains and expands leadership throughout the region by inspiring future leaders and givers through self-discovery and meaningful mentoring connections. The program has two key objectives:

  • To help participants connect with their personal values and purpose, leading to intentional action in the community.  

  • To connect participants with experienced community leaders, so they may learn and benefit from the mentors' insight and wisdom. 
The five-session program occurs in a small-group setting, which ensures interaction with each mentor as well as other program participants. In addition, participants are encouraged to meet with the mentors and small groups between sessions to fully benefit from their experience.

The Community Connect program is inspirational, motivating and provides a comfortable environment where aspirational leaders can connect with those that have made Des Moines such a wonderful city. 

Blair Rosenberg, 2016 Community Connect participant.

Community Connect was referred to me at a time when I was really questioning the "why" in my life. My heart told me that I am meant to do something greater, but I had no idea what. 

— Amy Sturm, 2016 Community Connect participant


Application and Timeline

Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted October 9 - November 6. There will be an information session on October 23, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. There is no cost to attend the information session but we ask that you pre-register. The class size is intentionally small to ensure meaningful learning and connections with mentors and participants.

Participant Expectations

  • Attendance at all five sessions is required for graduation of the program. Up to one absence will be allowed if an appeal is approved by the program leaders.
  • Active participation is expected in each session. This may include coming prepared to discuss short assignments for each session or sharing personal experiences.
  • Creating and expecting a foundation of trust, which includes confidentiality of conversations and information that is shared. 

Community Connect 2018 Session Dates*

  • February 5, 2018, Kick-off, Session 1, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
  • February 19, 2018, Session 2, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 12, 2018, Session 3, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 26, 2018, Session 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • April 9, 2018, Session 5, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
All sessions will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

*Two additional dates have been added as small group meeting dates. We ask participants to reserve the evening of February 26 and April 2 to meet with small groups.

2017 Graduates


Kimberly

Broderick

The Integer Group

Jamie

Burch Elliott

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Tess

Cody

Drake University

Jeffrey

Czerwiec

Drake University/AmeriCorps VISTA

Austin

Fisher

RBC Wealth Management

Brenna

Fujimoto

Integer Group

Nadilia

Gomez

DuPont Pioneer

Breanna

Gordon

General Mills

LaVerne

Greenfield

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Kale

Halder

Principal Financial Group

Kimberly

Hanken

American Heart Association

Jenna

Herr

City of Waukee

Donya

Jenkins-Harvey

Volunteer Iowa

Allissa

Johnson

Channel Prime Alliance

Bradie

Kuehne

Lincoln Savings Bank

Amanda

Laverman

Ruan Transportation Management Systems

Becca

Lee

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Dara

Madigan

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

Michael

Malone

R&R Realty Group

Ryan

Martin

General Mills

Michelle

Mueller

Principal Financial Group

Jennifer

Nelson

Delta Dental of Iowa

Collin

Nelson

NAI Optimum

Emily

Nichols

Lessing-Flynn Advertising

Marie

Procyk

Wells Fargo

Tony

Raymer

Next Step Counseling Services

Will

Signs

CDS Global

Emmanuel

Smith

Disability Rights Iowa

Erin

Sunde

Kum & Go




2017 Mentors

We are working hard to secure our mentors for 2018. A big Thank You to the mentors who participated in the 2017 Community Connect program.

Emily Abbas, Bankers Trust
Kim Butler, The PrivateBank
Blake Campbell, Best Buddies Iowa

Angela Gallagher, John Deere Financial
Nolden Gentry, Brick Gentry
Nick Gerhart, Farm Bureau Financial Services
Joe Gonzalez, Latino Resources and Latino Heritage Festival
Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo
Joseph Jones, The Harkin Institute
Tina Mowry Hadden, Mowry Strategies
Barb Preuss, Des Moines Performing Arts
Elizabeth Presutti, DART
Dana Ramundt, The Dana Company
Katie Roth, Aureon Staffing
Teri Wood TeBockhorst, Iowa Lottery
Mee Yang-Lee, Kum & Go

Partners

Community Connect is generously supported by:





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