Events

Upcoming events

    • 26 Jan 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bash, 1312 Locust, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309
    A Toast to our

    Legion of Leaders

    Join forces at Toast!

    YOUR MISSION: Celebrate 35 years of the Leadership Institute equipping guardians to serve our community.

    Special Anniversary Recognition: Community Leadership Program Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012.

    Schedule:

    5:30   Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres 

    6:15   Program and Toast to 35 Years of Leadership


    Become a member by January 20 and attend this event for FREE.

    Thank you to our generous sponsor!


    • 08 Feb 2017
    • 11:59 PM
    • 03 Mar 2017
    • Submit online


    More information on the nomination process and how to submit a nomination can be found on the Community Leadership Program page of the website. 

    • 09 Feb 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309
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    February 9th

    The Alumni Class Cooking Class and Tour:
    Des Moines Social Club



    Brush up on your culinary skills with fellow Institute alumni at the Des Moines Social Club! Located in a renovated firehouse, this historic art deco cultural hot spot provides the perfect location to cook up a fun meal and learn more about what is attracting artists to Des Moines. 

    Led by a local chef extraordinaire, we'll cook an Italian pasta dinner, enjoy some drinks, and get an inside tour of the facility from current class member and Des Moines Social Club Executive Director, Pete De Kock.


    Alumni Classes made possible by:


    • 16 Feb 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321

    Do you see greatness in someone you know or are you personally interested in being part of the transformational Community Leadership Program?

    Leadership Institute alumni and potential class members are invited to this time-honored event to learn about the Community Leadership Program, hear stories from esteemed graduates, and meet current class members. 

    Nominations for the Community Leadership Program Class of 2018 will be accepted from alumni soon.

    Thank you to our sponsors:





    • 06 Mar 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309


    Calling all Community Connect Alumni!

    The Community Connect program builds meaningful relationships, so let's foster those connections at the Community Connect Alumni Gathering! 

    We invite our Community Connect graduates to mingle with our current Community Connect class participants. Dr. Christi Hegstad will provide a short program about stepping out of our comfort zone, and participants will be asked to put their learning into action. This is a great opportunity to mingle with former classmates as well as meet our future alumni as you enjoy appetizers, drinks and great company. 

    This event is open to all past mentors and participants of the Community Connect program. 


    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust 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. If you are interested in continuing to expand your leadership skills, join Institute alumni and community leaders to discuss the leadership philosophies that have moved them a step closer to their leadership goals. This session will be led by Steve Lacy, CEO at Meredith Corporation as we discuss the book How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath.

    Light breakfast pastries, coffee and drinks to be provided. 


    • 18 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    Leadership Institute Honors

    Recognize and celebrate the leaders who are making a difference in our community
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    Photo of Distinguished Leadership Award winners from 2016.


    The Leadership Institute Honors brings together our community's leaders to celebrate their contributions to Greater Des Moines. The Honors event will include:

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

    • Class of 2017 GraduationCongratulate the newest Community Leadership Program graduates and celebrate their accomplishments in the Community Leadership Program.
    • Distinguished Leadership Awards - The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have adopted the heart of community trusteeship. 

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


      • 01 Jun 2017
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Western Gateway Downtown

      June 1st

      The Alumni Class Architectural Walking Tour



      The evening will start out with happy hour from 5:30-6:00 p.m. followed by a Western Gateway walking tour. We will explore the history, planning and design behind Western Gateway Park with its mix of green space, public art, new and historic buildings and private and public spaces. More information to be added closer to the date.


      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
      • 7:00 AM - 9:30 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. If you are interested in continuing to expand your leadership skills, join GDMLI alumni and community leaders to discuss the leadership philosophies and business books that have moved them a step closer to their leadership goals. This session will be led by Teree Caldwell-Johnson, CEO, Oakridge Neighborhood and will meet at the Oakridge Neighborhood Services.

      Light breakfast pastries, coffee and drinks to be provided. 


      • 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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