Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Board Room, 1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines, IA 50309

    There is no formula or algorithm for becoming our best selves or the ideal leader. It is a lifelong journey of learning and experiencing. Join other Institute member alumni for an intimate discussion with a well-respected community leader, while expanding your understanding of leadership.    

    This installment of Dialogue 515 will feature UnityPoint Health President and CEO and Institute alumnus, David Stark (CLP '00). As leader of an organization where, from the staff to the patients, attitude is everything, David has selected the book, Attitude – The choice is yours by Michele Matt. Note: If you are unable to read the book, you are welcome to join us for the discussion.                     

    Participation in Dialogue 515 is open to and free for 2019 alumni member donors at all levels. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

    About the Book

    Your success depends on your attitude! This book helps people tap into their personal attitudes to better understand, analyze, adjust, and maintain the right frame of mind at work and at home. Implement practical ways to communicate positive attitudes and learn to deal with other people's difficult attitudes. You'll learn how certain attitudes create specific actions and results.


    Thank you to our generous sponsor:

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Starting Point TBD

    Join other alumni and their guests for an evening of unique history and rarely-told stories about Des Moines’ seedier side. Tour-goers will board a bus where they will travel around the capital city with local story-tellers who will unravel Des Moines’ well-kept, spooky secrets. 

    Alumni Exclusives are open to 2019 member alumni and their guests. Limited spots available. Secure your seat in advance at

    Not a donor member yet? Invest in the future of The Institute and our community at Alumni Membership.

    Generously sponsored by:

    • 11 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Join us as members of the Community Leadership Program Class of 2020 share their personal and team journeys over the last nine months. They will showcase the efforts and accomplishments of their class projects, share how they've grown as community leaders, and set in motion their next steps as civic stewards. Connect with them and let them inspire you! 

    This event is free and open to the public. Experience open networking and one-on-one discussions with this year’s class and community partners, followed by a formal presentation from each team beginning at 6:00 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:


    • 13 May 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
    Leadership Institute Honors
    Recognizing our Community’s Caretakers and Change-makers 
    Presented by Davis Brown Law Firm

    Leadership Institute Honors recognizes Greater Des Moines' caretakers and change-makers who have made a difference in our community. Celebrate the contributions of six distinguished leaders, meet our recent Community Connect graduates, and congratulate our newest Community Leadership Program alumni.

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

    • Community Leadership Program Class of 2020 Commencement - Congratulate the newest Community Leadership Program graduates and celebrate their accomplishments in the program.
    • Distinguished Leadership Awards - The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have adopted the heart of community stewardship. Learn more about the awards.
    Contact Amy Jennings at 515-286-4980 for assistance or questions.

    The Leadership Institute Honors event is made possible by our generous sponsors:


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