Distinguished statewide program graduates local leaders

August 19, 2016 | View a PDF of this release.

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation is pleased to announce that 39 Iowans graduated from the renowned Leadership Iowa program during the recent annual ABI Taking Care of Business Conference in Sioux City.

Leadership Iowa has been the state’s premier issues-awareness program for 34 years. The program is designed to instill passion in current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement. The 2015-16 class attended an integrated series of monthly two-day sessions from October through June at various locations throughout Iowa. They learned from experts about government; agriculture and renewable energy; education; business and industry in Iowa; public safety; and economic development.

“ABI and the ABI Foundation proudly present the Leadership Iowa program because each of the past 34 years we have identified many of our state’s best leaders and helped to equip them with the knowledge and tools to make a difference in our state,” said Mike Ralston, ABI President and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Iowa. 

Since its inception in 1982, Leadership Iowa has graduated more than 1,000 individuals from both the private and public sector, representing each geographical region of Iowa. Each year, approximately 40 talented individuals are selected from a large applicant pool based on achieving the best balance of candidates for a particular year.

A full class list can be found here.