Selection Process and Cost

Individuals must first be nominated in order to apply for Leadership Iowa. Anyone is welcome to nominate an individual for the program online by completing the nomination form. Self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline to make nominations for the upcoming year is April 1.

After April 1, all nominees will receive communication regarding the application process. To apply, candidates must complete an online application and essay questions, submit a signed consent form from their employer and pay a $50 application fee. This is a one-time fee that is waived for repeat applicants.

All applications are reviewed and evaluated through an extensive selection process by the Leadership Iowa Selection Committee. Applicants are selected based on several criteria including leadership potential, community engagement and more. Diversity amongst the group is also strongly considered. The outcomes and benefits gained from Leadership Iowa are far greater when the group represents a wide variety of professions, backgrounds and geographic locations. All applicants are then notified of their selection status in July.


The current Leadership Iowa tuition fee is $2,800.
This fee covers the cost of all in-program materials, experiences, and meals during the eight monthly program sessions, including participation in ABI's annual Taking Care of Business Conference, where the class will graduate.

Participants are responsible for lodging and travel expenses. If needed, scholarships for up to half of the tuition cost ($1,400) are available for qualified applicants after their selection in the program. The need for scholarship assistance can be indicated on the application form, but is not taken into consideration for selection purposes. 

Often times, employers are not only willing, but eager to underwrite the cost of their employee taking part in Leadership Iowa. They understand that the benefits of sending employees through Leadership Iowa far outweigh the expense.