Foundation Programs

The ABI Foundation has three core programs that help to develop Iowa’s workforce and leaders at every stage, from high school students to professionals.

Leadership Iowa

Leadership Iowa is a premier statewide issues-awareness program bringing together top Iowa professionals to learn about issues impacting the state in a way they never have before. With a goal to instill passion in our current and emerging leaders, Leadership Iowa allows participants to have a variety of experiences and build a new network of program participants that reaches across geographic, professional and economic lines.

Program participants attend one session each month from October - June (class observes a one month winter break). Sessions take place in a different region of the state each month and is focused on a specific topic. Topics typically include government, agriculture, education, healthcare, economic development and other pertinent issues facing the state. Each session features presentations and discussion with acknowledged leaders and experts in their respective fields, along with activities and opportunities to network.

Participants must be nominated to apply and 40 applicants will be selected. The nomination deadline is May 1, 2016. Please feel free to click on the buttons below to nominate a business leader or learn more about the Leadership Iowa program.

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Leadership Iowa University

Leadership Iowa University is the ABI Foundation's newest program. Modeled after Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University is a professional and personal development program for college student-leaders. Throughout their time in the program, participants are exposed to top Iowa professionals by way of networking events, engaging round-table discussions, business visits and a mentorship with a professional who works in their desired field. Students not only learn about issues facing the state, but also opportunities they never knew existed in Iowa.

Leadership Iowa University is comprised of three sessions. The first program will be held August 9-13 in Des Moines, with two follow-up sessions in September and February. Eligible applicants must attend an Iowa college and must have completed their freshman year of college to apply.

If you know of a college student who should be nominated to apply for the Leadership Iowa University program, please click on the "Nominate" button below to do so. Click on the "Learn More" button to be directed to the Leadership Iowa University website.

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Business Horizons

Business Horizons is a unique, action-packed week of teamwork, learning, and fun for high school students across the state of Iowa. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about the world of business from the professionals and build upon their strengths through real world experiences.

During the week, students are grouped into teams, or “industries,” with the guidance of business professionals. They are challenged to engineer a product and work together to write a marketing and business plan, create a television infomercial, make financial decisions, and formally pitch their idea to a team of investors. Students also hear from expert speakers, network with young entrepreneurs, tour local businesses, and learn why Iowa is a great place to live and work. Students continue to benefit from Business Horizons well beyond in high school.

This year's Business Horizons program will be held July 17-21 on the campus of Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Do you know a high school student who should attend Business Horizons or would you like to learn more? Click on the buttons below to be directed to the Business Horizons website.

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