Events

Upcoming events

    • 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. 

    • 06 Mar 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 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 with a Community Connect Alumni Gathering! 

    We invite all Community Connect graduates to mingle with each other and our current Community Connect class participants at a fun and educational event.

    In addition to connecting with each other, you will have the opportunity to spend a few minutes hearing from Dr. Christi Hegstad, our Community Connect program facilitator. Dr. Hegstad will share tips on stepping out of your comfort zone. 

    This event is free to mentors and member alumni at the Connected and Inspired Leader levels. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 

    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 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. Join other Institute member alumni for a discussion that will help you continue to expand your understanding of leadership. 

    Each Dialogue 515 discussion will be led and hosted by a notable Institute alumnus. The first session will be led by Steve Lacy (CLP '85), CEO at Meredith Corporation, and we will discuss the book How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton of Gallup.

    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 2017 member alumni at the Connected and Inspired Leader levels. Light breakfast pastries, coffee, and drinks will be provided by Meredith

    About the Book

    The #1 New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life.


    Thank you to our generous sponsor:



    • 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
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 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. Join other Institute member alumni for a discussion that will help you continue to expand your understanding of leadership. 

      Each Dialogue 515 discussion will be led and hosted by a notable Institute alumnus. This session will be led by Teree Caldwell-Johnson (CLP '90), CEO at Oakridge Neighborhood. The book will be announced soon.

      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 2017 member alumni at the Connected and Inspired Leader levels. Light breakfast pastries, coffee, and drinks will be provided.


      Thank you to our generous sponsor:



      • 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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