Upcoming events

    • 14 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St. Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Would you like to connect your passion, purpose, and values to meaningful community involvement? Would you find value in learning from experienced community leaders? 

    The Community Connect program inspires individuals to purposefully engage in Greater Des Moines as a result of relationships with mentors and a curriculum that encourages discovery of personal values and passions.

    This free session will provide you all of the information needed to decide whether Community Connect is right for you and how to apply. Read more about the program, dates for 2020 and find a link to apply. 

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Royal Mile, 210 SW 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
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    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 to travel around the capital city with local story-tellers who will unravel Des Moines’ well-kept, bizarre secrets. 

    5:30 - 6:20 p.m. - Alumni Connection Time

    6:20 - 9:00 p.m. - Tour

    Alumni Exclusives are open to 2019 member alumni and their guests. This event is currently full. Please add your name to the waitlist. 

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

    Generously sponsored by:

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hosted by alumnus Jann Freed

    1982 Society and Sponsor Gratitude Gathering

    The Board of Governors would like to demonstrate our gratitude to the 1982 Society members and generous partners for supporting our mission with an intimate, members-only gathering.

    Join other 1982 Society members and Institute partners for a relaxed evening at the home of Institute alumnus Jann Freed (CLP '91, Community Connect Mentor), author of "Leading with Wisdom: Sage Advice from 100 Experts." Jann will open her home for this Institute celebration of a successful year and we will provide you with a sneak peek at what's in store for 2020.

    Interested in becoming a member of the 1982 Society? Join (select edit your profile) for 2019 and attend this event for free!

    • 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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