Participants selected for prestigious Leadership Iowa program

September 15, 2015

Participants selected for prestigious Leadership Iowa program 

Forty leaders from across Iowa have been selected as members of the 2015-16 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’ve gone on to make great strides as leaders in our communities, our businesses and our state.” 

The 2015-16 class will travel to communities throughout the state for a series of two-day sessions from October through June. Topics covered during these sessions will include education, economic development, government, agriculture and renewable energy, public safety and business and industry. 

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.


The ABI Foundation’s mission is to build partnerships between business, education and communities. As a nonprofit organization created by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the foundation also provides resources and forms that develop professional and personal responsibility and leadership for our communities and our state. More information about Leadership Iowa may be found at