Upcoming events

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

    The Leadership Institute spent 18 months asking you, leaders in the Greater Des Moines community, to help us identify areas of opportunity related to leadership development. The Institute will use your feedback to inform the evolution of our organization and to ensure our community has an endless supply of prepared leaders to guide its future. 

    We will share the results of our study to ensure you are informed and invited to continue to help us broaden the bench. 

    In case you missed it, the Business Record published highlights of our assessment in the July 7th issue. We will dive deeper at the August 1st event and encourage your questions and feedback.

    *A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.


    • 07 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Principal Park, 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309
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    Alumni Class with the Iowa Cubs

    On August 7th, Institute member alumni and guests will have a unique opportunity to experience Principal Park like never before. Join us for a welcome and tour from I-Cubs owner, Michael Gartner, and enjoy VIP seating in the Wells Fargo skybox. Connect with your fellow alumni while enjoying the Triple-A Affiliate of the World Series winning Cubs!

    This event is open to Inspired and Connected Leader member alumni and their guests. Please register by July 27 to reserve your tickets. Space is limited to 18 people.

    Alumni Classes made possible by:

    • 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.

    Workshop Details

    Each session will build upon and reference the prior session.

    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 a 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. 

    • 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, 1401 Center St, 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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.


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