Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2015
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 2001 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    Take an Exclusive Tour of the Historic Jordan House

    Join other Leadership Institute alumni on September 22nd from 4:30-6:30 for light appetizers and beverages combined with a private tour of the historic James C. Jordan Home.

    Why is the name ‘Jordan’ so popular in West Des Moines? In addition to managing a large cattle operation, Jordan became an influential business and civic leader. He organized the State Bank of Des Moines, served on the Polk Country Board of Supervisors and was elected to both the Iowa Senate and the House of Representatives. During his tenure in the legislature, Jordan led the drive to relocate Iowa’s State Capitol from Iowa City to Des Moines. Jordan was also instrumental in bringing the railroad to the Des Moines area. He platted out Valley Junction, thereby founding what is today West Des Moines, and raised $70,000 in his successful effort to establish a railhead on that location. By the turn of the century, over 400 railroad employees and their families were living in Valley Junction and the railroad was a dominant force in the early history of the city.

    What is so unique about this home? It was a designated stopover on the Underground railroad during the Antebellum period for fugitive slaves. Jordan, a staunch abolitionist, was regarded as the “chief conductor” for Polk County. John Brown stayed at least twice at Jordan House, once when he was leading a group of 12 slaves to freedom.

    • 27 Oct 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Olmsted Center, Drake University

    The Regional Leadership Council brings together leadership program participants and alumni from Central Iowa to learn and connect at the second-annual Converge event. This year, our focus will be intentional leadership through integrity and civility. 

    Event schedule:

    2:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Check-in

    3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Intentional Leadership (Dr. Matthew Davidson)

    Community Leadership is an essential element of a vibrant community, and a role to which many leaders feel called. However, leading in the community requires a particular mindset and a set of skills; it requires intentionality. Good people and good causes do not guarantee a process marked by integrity and civility, or the full realization of desired outcomes. Excellence with integrity is the means and end-goal for leading in the community. Educational, motivational, and replicable – this leadership session focuses on the interpersonal skills and habits, as well as the replicable group processes for enhanced community leadership.

    Each participant will walk away with a workbook filled with tools used by top Iowa employers, including Hy-Vee, Prairie Meadows and the Principal Financial Group.

    About Dr. Davidson: Through his work at the Institute for Excellence & Ethics, Dr. Matthew Davidson seeks to foster optimal performance in individuals and organizations through the assessment and development of leadership, teamwork, work ethic and overall well-being. He has dedicated nearly 20 years to theory, practice, and assessment of character and culture.

    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Networking 

    Connect with leaders from the various leadership programs throughout Central Iowa. We're better together, so let's meet!

    About the Regional Leadership Council: The Regional Leadership Council brings together directors and leaders of the various community leadership development programs throughout Central Iowa to share best practices, learn from one another, and foster collaboration which helps leverage the important work of each individual program to strengthen our region as a whole. For more information, visit Regional Leadership Council.


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