New Year, New Opportunities: Nominate Now for ABI Foundation Programs

January 12, 2018 | Top priorities: Business owners, legislators weigh in on 2018 session Jessi Steward, Marketing and Programs Coordinator, ABI Foundation,

The beginning of each new year often brings with it an innate desire to make positive changes. This might mean joining a gym, signing up for a class, volunteering for a nonprofit or simply reconnecting with an old friend. No matter your definition of change, this time of year is always a fresh reminder to continue to explore new ways to better yourself, your community and those around you.

The ABI Foundation provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals across the state to make a real difference in the lives of others in this new year. What’s even better — this comes at no cost, takes very little time and can make a tremendous, lifelong impact.

The ABI Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its 2018-19 programs: Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University and Business Horizons. These programs have a strong history of positively affecting individuals, workplaces, schools and communities statewide by helping individuals recognize the value of working and living in Iowa and creating a strong pipeline of civically engaged leaders focused on making a difference in their communities.


Leadership Iowa is the state’s premier issues-awareness program designed to educate, inspire and grow a network of informed leaders and encourage ongoing civic engagement to create a better future for all Iowans. The 2018-19 Leadership Iowa program begins in October and runs through June 2019. The class gathers for eight sessions throughout the state where they learn about important issues facing Iowa and meet the leaders tackling those issues head-on. Learn more and nominate individuals at

Who to Nominate: Great candidates for this program are current or emerging Iowa leaders with any professional background living in Iowa. Candidates should be eager to learn more about our state and have a passion to make a difference in their workplace, community and beyond. Nominate a colleague, a mentor, a community leader or even yourself for this unique experience. This is the only ABI Foundation program where candidates must first be nominated to apply.


Leadership Iowa University is a professional and personal development program for college student-leaders. Throughout their time in the program, participants are connected with top Iowa professionals by way of networking events, engaging roundtable discussions, business visits and a mentorship with a professional in their desired field. Students have the opportunity to explore top industries, as well as career opportunities, in our state. The 2018 program will take place Aug. 5-9 in Des Moines and surrounding areas. Learn more and nominate college students for this year’s program at

Who to Nominate: Leadership Iowa University is open to all students currently attending an Iowa college or university pursuing any area of study. Participants in the program tend to be “big-picture” thinkers who see positive advantages in new opportunities. Nominees should be open to learning more about Iowa and career opportunities, developing their personal and professional skills, and making new connections.


Business Horizons is a weeklong action-packed program for Iowa high school students. Students from across the state team up to launch a mock business, navigate a variety of competitions and challenges, build upon their leadership skills, and develop the valuable 21st-century skills imperative for success in today’s workplace. Students hear from dynamic speakers, connect with Iowa professionals and make lifelong friends throughout this fast-paced program. The 2018 program will take place July 15-19 at Central College in Pella. Learn more and nominate high school students for this year’s program at

Who to Nominate: Business Horizons is a perfect opportunity for all Iowa high school students (grades 9-12), regardless of career interests, who want to apply their knowledge to hands-on, real-world projects, enhance their leadership or teamwork skills, explore career options, or simply take part in a unique experience with new friends. Business Horizons is excellent preparation for college and beyond and looks great on resumes and college applications.