Upcoming events

    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Dwolla, 909 Locust St Suite 201, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Disrupt DSM: Designing your Community Impact

    • How do I break through barriers and bring disruptive ideas into the world?
    • What are the possibilities for my future as a community leader in Greater Des Moines?
    • How might I build a creative network to support my vision for change?

    The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop for individuals seeking to take their community vision to the next level. In this workshop, you will envision a life that is energizing and meaningful to you, and to our community, regardless of who you are, what you have done for a living, or how old you are.

    Workshop participants will leave with:

    • Innovative ideas for their community leadership growth.
    • Commitments to take ideas and turn them into low-cost community experiments.
    • Tools for building support around a vision.

    Who should jump in:

    • Community champions who want to reimagine the possibilities of their impact in Greater Des Moines.
    • Social innovators with ideas for community change.
    • Non-profit professionals interested in breaking out of their routines.
    • Community leaders of all ages who want to recalibrate as they look toward an energizing, difference-making path
    We are looking for community champions who want to disrupt the status quo and solve complex problems -- and grow personally in the process. If that's you, join us!

    “Design doesn’t just work for creating cool stuff like computers and Ferraris, it works in creating a cool life.” – Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Designing Your Life

    Become a member donor to receive your discount! 

    About Bonfire Strategy

    The workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Rossi and Nathan Groepper from Bonfire Strategy, a Des Moines-based firm that utilizes the design thinking methodology to lead workshops across Des Moines and the country to improve community collaboration and produce breakthrough ideas.

    • 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! 

    Limited to 20 people. 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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