Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

    The Regional Leadership Council brings together leadership program participants and alumni from Central Iowa to learn and connect at the first-ever Converge event.

    Participants will experience:

    4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - The Power of Pausing (Kevin Pokorny)

    Pause is a tool for leaders who want to be masterful, influential, and inspiring. Pause allows leaders to respond with a mindfulness approach to whatever is placed at their feet. A growing body of research shows that by practicing mindfulness, leaders have improved cognitive function, increased attention, and lower levels of stress. 

    This interactive workshop gives you both an understanding of mindfulness and its practical application for leaders, beginning with the simple pause.

    You will learn and practice the value of pausing to:

    • Help you deal with ambiguity and complex challenges
    • Respond with greater clarity, purpose, focus, compassion, and creativity
    • Expand beyond performance - the doing of leadership - to the overlooked aspect of being
    • Increase you own positivity, sense of peace, and personal presence  

    Kevin Pokorny is a master trainer, curriculum designer, consultant, facilitator, moderator, speaker and coach. 

    5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Networking 

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

    The Regional Leadership Council brings together directors and leaders of the various 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 the Regional Leadership Council.


    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • President and Mrs. Maxwell's Home

    Inspired Leader member alumni are invited to an exclusive appreciation event just for you at the home of Drake University President, Dr. David Maxwell, and his wife, Madeleine

    Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while connecting with President and Mrs. Maxwell as well as other GDMLI Inspired Leader members at the Maxwell's beautiful South of Grand home. 

    About the Maxwells

    Dr. David Maxwell is currently the President of Drake University and plans to retire after 16 years in June 2015. As the University's First Lady, Madeleine Maxwell is involved in numerous campus activities and events.

    The President's home has become a hub of Drake activity as more than 10,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and visitors from around the world have attended events at their home. 

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 22nd. Interested in attending, but not an Inspired Leader member? Join at the $250 dues level for 2015 by October 22nd to attend this event and to receive two months of free Inspired Leader level dues.

    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM (CST)
    • West Des Moines City Hall, Council Chambers, 4200 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    Capital Crossroads: Leadership in Action
    Focus on Governance Capital

    Hear from local leaders as they champion change through the  Capital Crossroads Vision Plan. Join us to get the inside scoop on a different capital each quarter.

    On November 18th, our panel will focus on the Governance Capital. Central Iowa mayors will share how they are able to sustainably manage growth without sacrificing essential public services by adopting a new spirit of regional communication, coordination, and resources. 

    The panel of mayors include:

    Mayor Robert Andeweg, Urbandale
    Mayor Andeweg was elected in 2005 and served on the city council prior to this position. He practices primarily in the commercial real estate area at Nyemaster Goode, focusing on transactional, leasing development and valuation issues. 

    He is a Charter Class Graduate and Past Board Member of Leadership Urbandale, a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa. He served as commissioner and chairperson for the Urbandale Planning and Zoning Commission

    Mayor Sara Kurovski, Pleasant Hill

    Mayor Kurovski is the first female mayor to be elected in the history of Pleasant Hill and is also the youngest in the Des Moines metro area. In 2014 she made the change from the public sector to the private sector and started her work as the Manager of Sustainability at Kum & Go

    Mayor Kurovski worked for Metro Waste Authority as an intern, where she quickly moved up throughout the organization working as the recycling coordinator, Environmental Compliance Manager, and later moved on to be the Operations Program Manager. This is where she led program management and development and was also a part of the first tier of landfills to participate in the Environmental Management System for the state. 

    Mayor Steven Gaer, West Des Moines

    Mayor Gaer is currently serving his third as Mayor of West Des Moines, after serving eight years as a West Des Moines City Council Member.

    He is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for R&R Realty Group. After ten years with Marsh & McLennan Companies, most recently as Managing Director responsible for the Affinity Group Insurance Program Division (formerly Kirke Van Orsdel, Incorporated), Mayor Gaer joined R&R Realty Group in April of 2004. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, he was with the Des Moines law firm of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. where he practiced as a shareholder and associate for nine years.

    Moderator, Thomas Hadden, West Des Moines city manager

    Thomas Hadden was appointed the West Des Moines City Manager in May of 2014. Prior to joining the City of West Des Moines, Hadden served as the Executive Director of Metro Waste Authority from 1996 to 2014. Under his leadership, Metro Waste provided environmentally sound and cost-effective services for 16 cities and Polk County. Hadden worked to advance solid waste management by developing and implementing the Environmental Management Systems across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area and state of Iowa. 

    • Free for dues-paying alumni at the Inspired Leader Level
    • $10 for member alumni at the Connected Leader Level and current class members
    • $15 for all other attendees
    • Complimentary light breakfast and coffee

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