About the Program

The Community Leadership Program (CLP) is Central Iowa’s premier and longest standing leadership program.  Producing the most leaders in the community, CLP participants expand their leadership skills while gaining access to a vast array of perspectives, resources and mentors.
Each year, approximately 50 emerging and existing leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors of the community are selected to participate.

The nine-month program is designed to raise awareness of the needs and challenges that affect the region, and enhance leadership skills with a focus on community stewardship. 

Chair: Danette Kenne, Drake University 
Chair-Elect: Chris Juhl, Science Center of Iowa

CLP Curriculum

The curriculum includes a balanced combination of retreats, afternoon classes, and small group activities.

The curriculum is designed to:

Develop a strong and active community leadership base while creating lifelong professional relationships.

Connect class members to existing and emerging leaders in the community.

Inspire class members to enhance leadership skills by getting involved and giving back to our community.
Challenge class members’ perspective of the community’s leadership needs

  • Every third Thursday from 1-6 p.m.
  • Held at various locations in the Greater Des Moines region
  • Based on 10 capitals from the Capital Crossroads community vision.
  • Opening Retreat (Friday All Day/Saturday A.M. in September)
  • Mid Year Retreat (All Day in January)
  • Graduation (All Day in May)

Small Group Learning

Class members are broken into smaller groups in which they can:
  • Discuss leadership skills and community issues.
  • Select a small group service project to give back to the community.

Class Project

Class members participate in a project partnership with a local non-profit organization. This experience allows for applied learning as well as the opportunity to improve the Greater Des Moines community. See past projects.


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