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    • 01 Jan 2022
    • 31 Dec 2022
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    Then. Now. When. Video Series

    An Educational Experience

    For Leaders Closing the Racial Equity Gap

    Transform your leadership practice to one that embraces racial equity as you seek to understand your role in creating a different future. Highlighting the stories and experiences of Black Americans, the Then. Now. When. Video Series gives leaders a foundation in our collective history, an understanding of local issues, encourages brave conversations, and inspires meaningful action. 

    The self-guided Then. Now. When. Video Series is made up of seven modules (12 videos). Each module focuses on a particular topic, conveyed through readings, videos, and music. Modules, which were inspired by articles in the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, include Setting the Stage, Capitalism, Healthcare, Wealth Gap, Undemocratic Democracy, Mass Incarceration, and Taking Action. The live series was recorded in 2021 and was adapted to video for use in work teams, faith groups, book clubs, service clubs, etc. or experienced on your own.

    How to gain access to the content:

    • Register to the left. 
    • If using in a group setting (worksite, faith-based group, book group, etc.), only one person needs to register. The participant guide and video access code can be shared with learning group participants. 
    • Contribute an optional donation* to support continued programming by the Leadership Institute. While optional, your donation helps us do more good work.

    * This program was funded by the generosity of sponsors and developed by volunteers. The registration fees listed are suggested donation amounts. We ask that you consider a donation to make continued racial equity programming possible via our mission-driven non-profit organization. 

    Learn more about the program


    • 31 May 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smokey Row Coffee
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    For this session, we invite alumni who identify as black, indigenous, or people of color to join us. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted at Smokey Row Coffee at 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    For this session, we invite individuals who identify as having a seen or unseen disability (mental health included) to join us. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    The location of this session is to be determined by the participants.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 07 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smokey Row Coffee
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    For this session, we invite individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to join us. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted at Smokey Row Coffee at 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 08 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smokey Row Coffee
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    For this session, we invite alumni of the Youth Leadership Initiative program to join us. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted at Smokey Row Coffee at 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 09 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    This session is open to any Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute alumni. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted on Zoom from 4:00-6:00 PM. Meeting information will be sent our prior to the event.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    This session is open to any Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute alumni. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted on Zoom from 4:00-6:00 PM. Meeting information will be sent our prior to the event.

    We hope to see you there!

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smokey Row Coffee
    Register

    Come have a milkshake and talk with us! 

    As the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we are planning for our next 40 years. In the next few weeks, we will be holding several listening sessions with alumni to glean ideas and insights for the future of our Institute. We are having these small group discussions to help understand and align our equity and inclusion goals, while defining our programming needs. 

    We are seeking a broad cross-section from alumni over the years, and we would like to invite you to our listening sessions. Alumni are welcome at any session(s) they would like to bring their unique lens to. 

    The sessions will take place on various dates; most in-person, with a few virtual. We will buy you a milkshake (or the beverage of your choice) in exchange for your opinions, feedback, and vision for the organization and our community.

    For this session, we invite alumni of the Community Leadership Program. Sessions will be capped ensure quality conversation, so please be sure to register.

    This session will be hosted at Smokey Row Coffee at 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

    We hope to see you there!


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