The Course for our State: Leadership Iowa 2020-21 Class Graduates

July 9, 2021 | Lessons in Business Growth

By participating in our state’s premier issues awareness program, Leadership Iowa class members have demonstrated their commitment to advance the State of Iowa.

This year's cohort of Iowa leaders, revered for their generosity, raised over $14,000 for causes within our host communities and in support of each other throughout the year. Additionally, the Leadership Iowa participants’ newfound connections to each other and the state at-large bring new potential to how they can continue to make a difference in the lives of Iowans.

Class members attend an integrated series of sessions examining the opportunities and challenges facing our state. Through in-depth discussions, engaging activities and one-of-a-kind opportunities, Leadership Iowa informs and inspires leaders to take action on matters important to themselves and their communities. This year's program explored a variety of topics in the communities of Atlantic, Sioux Center, Ottumwa and Des Moines (virtually), the Quad Cities, Mason City and Marshalltown.

Leadership Iowa participants are selected from every corner of the state and represent a variety of occupations and industries. The benefits gained from the experience are far greater when each person’s backgrounds and interests differ. However, there is one attribute all participants share: the desire to effect positive change.

The generosity and dedication demonstrated during and beyond Leadership Iowa by the nearly 1,200 alumni since its inception in 1982 exemplifies the heart of the program. It is more important than ever to recognize the role our state’s leaders have in developing solutions.

Thank you to the annual sponsors of this year's program including Premier Partner: EMC Insurance; Diamond Partners: Central Iowa Power Cooperative, Community State Bank and Grinnell Mutual; and Platinum Partners: BrownWinick Law Firm, Iowa Soybean Association, Pella Corporation and Winger Companies. To see more of their experience in the program, find “Leadership Iowa” on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. Do you want to see who these leaders are and how to be selected to participate? Find the class list and nominate yourself and others at