Local Leaders Graduate from Respected Statewide Program

July 1, 2019

Forty Iowans graduated from the distinguished Leadership Iowa program during the 2019 Taking Care of Business Conference in Ames on June 6. Leadership Iowa, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation, is the one of the state’s most respected professional development opportunities.

“Leadership Iowa identifies some of the state’s best leaders and emerging leaders, and gives them the knowledge, tools and connections to make an even bigger impact,” said Mike Ralston, ABI president and 1991 graduate of Leadership Iowa.

Leadership Iowa gives participants a wide range of experiences that focus on the unique challenges and opportunities facing our state today. From October 2018 through June 2019, participants traveled to numerous locations throughout the state to learn about those issues and to gain a better understanding of the role they can play in addressing them.

The class visited Moravia and Centerville, Shenandoah and Clarinda, Oskaloosa, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Carroll and Ames. There they learned from experts about agriculture and renewable energy, business/industry, workforce, government, public safety/security, community preparedness and response, education and economic development/community vitality.

“The program equips leaders to better appreciate and understand the condition of the state,” said Ralston. “It also builds a network with fellow participants that often lasts a lifetime.”

Since its inception in 1982, Leadership Iowa has graduated nearly 1,200 individuals from both the private and public sector, representing each geographical region of Iowa. Each year, 40 talented participants are selected from a large applicant pool.

Note to editors:

  • A full class list can be found here.
  • Photos of each graduate posing with ABI President Mike Ralston, June 6, at the Leadership Iowa graduation ceremony during the 2019 Taking Care of Business Conference may be found here.
  • Additional photos from this year’s sessions can be found here.