Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Holmes Murphy, 2727 Grand Prairie Pkwy, Waukee, IA 50263

    Join fellow Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute alumni to reminisce, make new connections, and toast to extraordinary community leadership. Toast! will be held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 from 5:30-8:00pm at Holmes Murphy in Waukee.

    Special Anniversary Recognition: Community Leadership Program Classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, Transformational Leadership Program Class of 2005 and Community Connect Program class of 2015.

    Give to a cause you love! A silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind alumni experiences will be available throughout the evening. Auction items include a night out at Des Moines’ newest comedy club, Tee Hee’s, a private tour of the Des Moines Art Center vault and dining around town at some of Leadership Institute Board member’s favorite spots.


    5:30-6:15   Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and Silent Auction

    6:15-6:30   Brief Program and Toast

    6:30-8:00   Enjoy the company!

    Become a member donor to attend this event for FREE.

    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Alumni Exclusive! Join us at the Meredith Test Kitchen

    March 10, 2020

    Meredith Corporation is a cornerstone of the publishing world and Des Moines’ business corridor, but do you know what exactly goes on inside its doors? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to see how recipes make it into the magazines that circulate the globe and taste some new creations behind the scenes! 

    This alumni exclusive is offered free of charge to our 2020 1982 Society Members. To make a gift of significance, become a member of the 1982 Society today!

    Our Alumni Exclusives are 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
    • Embassy Suites, 101 E Locust St, 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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