ABI Foundation 40th Anniversary

January 14, 2022 | Improving Competitiveness Michele Farrell, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing,

The ABI Foundation is dedicated to developing Iowa's workforce and leaders through statewide educational programs, including Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University, Business Horizons, and Elevate Iowa. Join us in supporting our statewide efforts and learn more about the ABI Foundation’s programs below.

Leadership Iowa is the Foundation’s flagship leadership program that launched in 1982. The program allows nominated participants to gain hands-on experience in cities across the state of Iowa, receiving training in topics like government, agriculture, education, healthcare, economic development, and more. After completing the Leadership Iowa program, graduates bring their knowledge and network back into their careers and grow their local communities.

Modeled after Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University (LIU) is a fast-paced development program for college student leaders to learn about opportunities and challenges in Iowa’s workforce. Participants engage with Iowa professionals through networking events, round-table discussions, and a mentorship with a professional in their desired career field. LIU is an excellent internship capstone that provides businesses an additional incentive for their best candidates while providing the intern a development opportunity.

Business Horizons is an action-packed opportunity for high school students to learn about the world of business through real-world experience. Led by a team of Iowa industry professionals, students participate in a week-long program with their peers, working together to write a business plan, create marketing materials, and pitch their idea to a team of investors. Students also network with local entrepreneurs and business owners to discover why Iowa is a great place to live and work. 

Elevate Iowa is a statewide effort that shares the message of the unlimited potential available through a career in advanced manufacturing. Elevate promotes jobs and pathways in advanced manufacturing through financial and educational resources–including annual scholarships for high school students. In partnership with all of Iowa’s 15 Community Colleges, Elevate drives awareness of career opportunities for K-12 students, educators, veterans, and individuals across the state of Iowa. 

The ABI Foundation’s 40th Anniversary goal is to promote and fundraise for these programs. We invite you to learn more about the ABI Foundation’s 40th Anniversary fundraising efforts. Your support directly impacts the livelihood of Iowans across the state! All donations through September 2022 will be matched (up to $40,000) thanks to a generous gift from the Dick & Judy Smith Family Foundation! The ABI Foundation is committed to providing statewide programs to develop community leaders and strengthen Iowa's workforce.