Send your interns to Leadership Iowa University

May 13, 2016 | Amazing Innovation: How technology is changing the manufacturing landscape Emily Schettler, Iowa Association of Business and Industry,

Across industries, finding qualified, hardworking employees is difficult. Attracting top talent and finding ways to retain that talent is critical.

What better way to demonstrate your investment in young, potential employees than by sending them to leadership Iowa University (LIU)?

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation created the LIU program for college students eight years ago. It is modeled after the successful and highly revered leadership Iowa program.

Several companies, including Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. and Principal, identify a handful of top interns to send to the program each year. It is a way to show a company’s dedication to the intern’s development while allowing the business to cultivate future leaders.

Throughout the three-session program, leadership Iowa university students gain a better understanding of the various opportunities to grow and succeed in Iowa. In addition to enhancing their personal and professional teamwork and leadership skills, students have the opportunity to network with Iowa leaders from across industries and across the state who will challenge their way of thinking and provide them a strong network of professional contacts.

Help your top young recruits jump-start their professional development and support their participation in leadership Iowa university.

The 2016 class begins with a session Aug. 7-11 in Des Moines. Nominate a student now at

Looking for other ways to get involved? Each LIU student is paired with a mentor — a business professional in the student’s area of career interest. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a mentor, contact Kay Neumann- Thomas at