Participants selected for prestigious Leadership Iowa program

September 13, 2016 | View a PDF of this release.

Forty leaders from across Iowa have been selected as members of the 2016-17 class of Leadership Iowa, the premier issues-awareness program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. 

The eight-month program is designed to foster a passion for civic engagement in current and emerging leaders.

“We are excited to welcome a new group of our state’s brightest leaders to take part in this enriching program,” said Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Iowa. “For the past 34 years, Leadership Iowa has been helping to shape participants who have gone on to make great strides as leaders in our communities, our businesses and our state.”

The 2016-17 class will travel to communities throughout the state for a series of two-day sessions from October through June. Topics covered during these sessions include agriculture and renewable energy, education, government, health care, economic development, advanced manufacturing and transportation.

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 qualified candidates for a particular year.

See the full list of participants here.