Upcoming events

    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 25 Apr 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Application

    Thank you for submitting your application (via the emailed invitation link) and for your interest in the Community Leadership Program. To submit your application fee, please click the Register button. Payment is due by Tuesday, April 10th.

    This is a one-time fee. Individuals who have applied in the past do not need to submit this payment.   

    If you are paying by check, your payment must be postmarked no later than April 13th and may be mailed to:

    Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute 

    CLP Application

    700 Locust Street, Suite 100

    Des Moines, IA 50309

    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Fort Des Moines, 6908 Chaffee Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50315

    Alumni Class: Creative Affordable Housing Tour

    Join us for an exclusive look at one the projects happening right now to address affordable housing in Des Moines! Alumnus TJ Jacobs (CLP '07) of Blackbird Investments will host this behind-the-scenes alumni class at Fort Des Moines on April 24th. He will give a short overview of the organization, introduce the group to the unique aspects of Fort Des Moines project and talk about affordable housing. For more information about this project, you can visit the Blackbird Investments website.

    We will continue the conversation at Francie's for a happy hour afterwards!

    • 15 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Community Leadership Program Project Celebration
    May 15th, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us as members from the class of 2018 put forward the work of their teams over the last nine months in support of their chosen community partners, and set in motion their next journey 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. 

    Project Partner this year include:

    Blank Park Zoo- Further develop the zoo’s inclusive program for visitor with impairments.

    DART/USCRI- Strategically improving access to public transportation for refugees and immigrants.

    Food Bank of Iowa- Develop a partner network that can provide healthy meals to students during summer breaks.

    Genesis- Marketing and branding to support their youth empowerment program.

    Please Pass the Love- Strategic planning for their mental health program in Iowa schools.

    • 18 May 2018
    • 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 Changemakers 

    Photo of Distinguished Leadership Award winners from 2017.

    Leadership Institute Honors recognizes individuals who have made a difference in our community. Celebrate the contributions of six alumni and the accomplishments of our newest Community Leadership Program graduates.

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

    • Class of 2018 GraduationCongratulate the newest Community Leadership Program graduates and celebrate their accomplishments in the Community Leadership Program. See class list.
    • Distinguished Leadership Awards - The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have adopted the heart of community trusteeship. Learn more about the awards.

    Contact Amy Jennings at 515-286-4980 for assistance or questions.

    Our Leadership Honors event is made possible by our generous sponsors:

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Drake University (exact date & time TBD)

    Alumni Class: USA Track & Field Experience

    The USATF Outdoor Championships are returning to Des Moines June 21-24, 2018. The best track and field athletes in the country will compete this summer at Drake University’s Drake Stadium in what will be the final stop of the 2018 USATF Championship Series.

    Join us for this unique behind-the-sceens look at this national event and the athletes who dedicate their time and talent to becoming the best in their event. More details to come, including the exact date and time.

    Alumni Classes are made possible by our generous sponsor 

    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Woodland Cemetery, 2019 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

    Alumni Class: Historic Woodland Cemetery Tour & Happy Hour

    A walk through Woodland Cemetery is a step through the history of the city of Des Moines. A popular stop for the Community Leadership Program Opening Retreat, join us for this historic cemetery tour with local history buff, Archie Cook. Explore the stories of recognizable community leaders who have been buried here, names such as Fleur, Hubbell, Perkins, Sherman, A. Arther Davis and more. Top off the evening with a happy hour near by, to catch up with fellow alum.

    Woodland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Des Moines, having been established in 1848, before Des Moines was the state capital.

    Alumni Classes are made possible by our generous sponsor 

    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 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 3, 2018, 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 17, 2018, 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.” 

    October 31, 2018, 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 14, 2018, 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:

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBD

    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 gather at 7:30 a.m. for networking and a light breakfast. This Dialogue 515 discussion will be led by author James Autry, discussing his book The Servant Leader.

    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 2018 member alumni at the Connected and Inspired Leader levels. Light breakfast pastries, coffee, and drinks will be provided.

    About the Book: A Practical Guide to Using the Principles of Servant Leadership Leadership is a calling. And servant leadership—the idea that managing with respect, honesty, love, and spirituality empowers employees—helps individuals answer that calling. Bestselling author and former Fortune 500 executive James A. Autry reveals the servant leader’s tools, a set of skills and ideals that will transform the way business is done. It helps leaders nurture the needs and goals of those who look to them for leadership. The result is a more productive, successful, and happier organization, and a more meaningful life for the leader. 

    Thank you to our generous sponsor:

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 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.

    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Pure Land of Iowa, 8365 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325

    Alumni Class: Religions of Des MoinesBuddhist Temple Tour

    Representatives from the Buddhist Temple Pure Land of Iowa and Drake University will lead alumni on a tour of the temple and lead a discussion on what it means to be Buddhist in Iowa. Exact time of tour is still TBD.

    For more information about the Pure Land of Iowa Buddhist Temple, visit their web site. 

    Alumni Classes are made possible by our generous sponsor: 

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hosted by alumni Emily Reis Abbas (CLP '04) and Artis Reis (CLP '83)

    Inspired Leaders Member 

    Appreciation Event

    The Board of Governors would like to thank our Inspired Leaders and sponsors for supporting our mission with a special members-only event!

    Join other Inspired Leaders and Institute partners for a relaxed evening at the home of Institute alumnus Emily Reis Abbas (CLP '04), joined by her mom, also an alumnus of the Institute and part of our first class, Artis Reis (CLP '83). Enjoy the company of fellow alum, while celebrating your role in making 2018 a successful year for the Leadership Institute.

    Interested in becoming an Inspired Leader? Join (select edit your profile) for 2018 and attend this event for free!



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