Submit Nominations for Leadership Iowa by May 1

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“Through my participation in Leadership Iowa, I gained exposure to so many different aspects of our state ranging from agriculture to government to education to business. I walked away from this program a more informed Iowan, with a better understanding of issues that impact us at the local and state level. I also met many incredibly talented individuals. We formed lasting friendships and learned so much from each other.” – Jenn Bleil, Cedar Rapids, LI 2016-17

“If it wasn’t for Leadership Iowa, I’d see Iowa primarily from my own backyard. I now have a wider view and deep appreciation of the entire state. I’ve made many lifelong friends that I wouldn’t have ever crossed paths with without having gone through the program.” – Jeremy Kauten, Waterloo, LI 2016-17

The deadline is approaching quickly to submit nominations for Leadership Iowa, Iowa’s premier statewide issues-awareness program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation.

Leadership Iowa provides an eye-opening opportunity for 40 current and emerging Iowa leaders to visit eight different locations across the state and rediscover what makes Iowa such a special place to live and work. The program is designed to educate, inspire and grow a network of informed leaders and to encourage their ongoing local and statewide engagement to create a better future for Iowans.

More than 1,000 leaders from across Iowa and from all industries have graduated from Leadership Iowa over the past 35 years.

The program is open to all current and emerging leaders who are interested in learning about issues important to Iowa and exploring a variety of Iowa’s outstanding communities and organizations. Leadership Iowa offers participants a seat at the table with some of our state’s top subject-matter experts, as well as unique opportunities to connect with leaders of diverse opinions, occupations and backgrounds. Leadership Iowa gives participants the tools they need to have a positive impact on organizations, communities and the state of Iowa.

Nominations can be made online at and will be accepted through May 1 for the 2018-19 class, which begins in October. Individuals must first be nominated to apply for the program. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Consider nominating your co-workers, community leaders, friends or even yourself for this unforgettable experience! Contact with any questions.