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Session Dates

The West Des Moines Leadership Academy is a unique nine-month program designed to help develop leaders in our community. This interactive program will combine hands-on training, panel discussions, site visits, and speaker presentations to engage leaders in our community, and create a greater awareness and understanding of our leadership needs in the years to come. The WDMLA program will focus on developing active leaders in the areas of city government, education, business development, civic and community involvement, non-profits and charities. 

2017 - 2018  Session Dates

Specific Class times and locations will be announced at the Orientation Session

Orientation - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3:00 - 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Session #1

Leading Teams:  Building Teams with Rope Course Program  - Facilitated by Adventure Learning Center, ISU Extension, Living History Farms

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Session #2

Leading Self & Others:  Leadership Creating a Culture of Excellence - Presented by Scott Raecker, Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, Drake University

Creative Problem Solving - Presented by Sarah Noll Wilson

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Session #3

Leading in the Community:  Servant Leadership:  Focusing on the growth and well-being of our community - West Des Moines Human Services

Poverty Simulation - Facilitated by Martha McCormick, Next Step Adventures

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Session #4

Leading Self:  Networking P.O.W.E.R. - Presented by Adam Carroll

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Reception to follow from 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Session #5

Leading Self & Leading Others:  Free the Elephants - Building Trust, One Conversation at a Time.  Presented by Sarah Noll Wilson

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Session #6

Leading Self & Leading Others: How to Speak Your Way to Success.  Presented by Carlos Alvarez, Tero International.

So really - how good are you at strategy, negotiations, leadership and team-building?  Presented by Brian Abeling, WDM Community Schools.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Session #7

Leading in the Community:  Learning:  (lurn'ing) n. the acquiring of knowledge or skill

Project Based Learning Program at Indian Hills Jr. High  presented by Justin Miller, WDM Community Schools - Westridge Elementary programs - Presented by Principal Nathan Ballagh, WDM Community Schools

Polarity Thinking - Presented by Tina Mowry Hadden, Mowry Strategies

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Session #8

Leading in the Community:  Economic Development & Governance

Presentations by City Leaders and Department heads followed by a comphensive Bus Tour of city amenities and areas of new development.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Session #9 

Leading Self & Leading Others:  Show us what you've learned.  Then celebrate!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Graduation

4:00 - 7:00 pm

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