Upcoming events

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Greater Des Moines Partnership Conference Center, 700 Locust St., Ground Level, Des Moines, IA 50309

    The Calibrate Leadership Series is designed to help experienced community leaders who are looking to learn new skills and to fine-tune their current approach to leadership. These highly-interactive workshops will give participants a chance to explore and practice, while developing connections with other community leaders.

    Offered for the first time in 2016, over 95 percent of Calibrate participants said they would recommend the series to others. "I was able to take pieces from each session and use it to be more effective in my personal, professional and community relationships. Each session gave me the opportunity to open up with challenges and ideas of my own and discuss those with others, creating a great learning environment, " says TJ Amos (CLP '14), Vice President at Marsh.

    Workshop Details

    October 4, 2017, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Leading Self: Increasing self-awareness and self-regulation for radical growth. A high self-awareness score is a strong predictor of the overall success of a leader. This workshop introduces various techniques to improve one’s self-awareness related to leadership needs.  

    October 18, 2017, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Leading Others: Connecting others to the why and defining the how. As community leaders who work with volunteers, it is imperative for you to help connect people to the core of why you do what you do as an organization. Be ready to explore ways to understand and amplify values, vision, and define “This is how we do business.” 

    November 1, 2017, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Leading Projects: Delegation - Why do we resist? When we say yes to projects or tasks, we need to be clear about what we are saying no to in our lives. This workshop examines why we resist delegation, best practices for delegating, and ways to ensure the work gets done.  

    November 15, 2017, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Leading Strategy: Appreciative Inquiry – a new tool for new results. If our words create our reality, why do we spend so much time focused on what is broken instead of dreaming about what could be? Appreciative Inquiry, a strategic planning tool, builds on the best of past successes combined with dreams of the future.    

    *Each session includes a light breakfast from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. 

    About the Facilitator, Sarah Noll Wilson 

    Helping people live and lead intentionally is Sarah's mission. She emboldens organizations, teams and individuals to discover and claim their limitless potential. Through her leadership coaching and consulting firm, Sarah challenges and champions leaders to co-create high-trust relationships with their teams.

    Sarah holds a Master’s Degree, specializing in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance, and a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at Drake University where she teaches graduate classes on leadership development and a guest lecturer at the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Business. She is a trained Leadership Coach and an Enhanced Practitioner in Conversational Intelligence. Learn more about Sarah by visiting her on LinkedIn.

    Thank you to our generous workshop sponsors:

    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 11:59 PM
    • 06 Nov 2017
    • Submit online

    More information on the application process for Community Connect can be found on the Community Connect Program page of the website. 

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Oakridge Neighborhood Services (Silver Oaks), 979 Oakridge Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

    There is no formula or algorithm that leads us to become our best selves or the ideal leader. It is a lifelong journey of learning and experiencing. Join other Institute member alumni for a discussion that will help you continue to expand your understanding of leadership. 

    We will meet at the Oakridge Neighborhood Services, specifically the Senior Housing project – Silver Oaks – located at 979 Oakridge Drive for networking and a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Each Dialogue 515 discussion will be led and hosted by a notable Institute alumnus. This session will be led by Teree Caldwell-Johnson (CLP '90), CEO at Oakridge Neighborhood. The book will be Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. In preparation for the discussion on October 19th, Teree has requested that participants take the Project Implicit Social Attitudes test found here:

    Beaverdale Books has extended our alumni a 10% discount. Call (515) 279-5400 for more information and mention The Leadership Institute's book group.

    Book group participation is free to 2017 member alumni at the Connected and Inspired Leader levels. Light breakfast pastries, coffee, and drinks will be provided.

    About the Book These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. “Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

    Thank you to our generous sponsor:

    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 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 receiving guidance from experienced community leaders? 

    The Community Connect program inspires the future leaders and givers of Greater Des Moines through a curriculum that facilitates self-understanding related to community engagement as well as personal connections with experienced community leaders/mentors. 

    Join us for an informational session to learn more about this dynamic program as well as to meet alumni and mentors. This free session will provide you all of the information needed to decide whether this program is right for you and how to apply.

    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 50 309, 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

     Save The Date!
    December 14th

    The Alumni Class Tours Jolly Holiday Lights!

    On December 14th, join The Institute and alumni for one of Des Moines’ most beloved holiday activities! You’ll learn about what it takes to prepare for such an event, meet and hear from a family impacted by Make-A-Wish and then tour Jolly Holiday Lights. Of course, the evening will be filled with delicious holiday treats and your favorite holiday tunes.

    This event is open to Inspired and Connected Leader member alumnus, and their guests. Please register by December 7th to reserve your tickets. Space is limited.

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