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Leadership Development

Iowa Valley Continuing Education sponsors three exciting and unique leadership development programs in Iowa Falls, Grinnell Tama and Marshalltown. The goals of the leadership training programs are similar; all focus on community and individual development.

  • Learn about local issues and resources
  • Interact with other community leaders
  • Develop a network of friends and professionals
  • Build confidence in your leadership abilities
  • Involve yourself and become committed
  • Practice teamwork to benefit your community

For more information about the leadership program in your area contact:

Iowa Valley Leadership (IVL), Marshalltown

Leadership Iowa Falls Experience (LIFE), Iowa Falls

Jacque Goodman at 641-844-5640

Poweshiek Leadership Program (PLP), Grinnell

Jacque Goodman at 641-844-5640

Iowa Valley Adventures Challenge Course, Marshalltown

IVCE at 641-752-4645 or 1-800-284-4823

Iowa Valley Leadership/IVL

Iowa Valley Leadership began in 1987 as a response to the question, “Who will take the place of the community’s long-standing leaders?”

“Iowa Valley Leadership provides an opportunity for people to come together synergistically in order to learn more about our community. This knowledge, along with focused team building helps us work together as leaders in order to make the future of Marshalltown even better than it is today. This opportunity is a must for anyone passionate about our community’s future,”

Bobby Shomo, Koehler Insurance

The IVL program is co-sponsored by Iowa Valley Continuing Education and the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-753-6645, or Julie Thomas with IVCD at 641-844-5621.

Leadership Iowa Falls Experience/LIFE

Individuals working or living in the Iowa Falls area are encouraged to participate in Leadership Iowa Falls Experience (LIFE). LIFE targets individuals who are in positions of leadership in their organizations or who have “stepped up to the plate” in community roles.

Through this dynamic 8-month learning experience, team members gain:

  • greater appreciation of issues facing today’s leaders
  • applied understanding of one’s leadership strengths
  • increased confidence for seeking and leading change
  • valuable links to people in diverse leadership roles
  • interpersonal growth & hands-on practice using leadership skills
  • commitment to action for community well-being

LIFE participants are selected on the basis of their application, their commitment, and their potential for leadership.

Without the support of the local business community, LIFE would not be successful.

The LIFE Program was an amazing experience.  Not being from the area, it really gave me an insight on how a small community is supposed to work.  I was amazed by the number of businesses in the area that I wasn’t aware of and how much the community pulls together to get things done.  The best part, I made a new group of great friends!  I would definitely recommend the LIFE program to everyone, if you’re new to the area or born and raised here, you can always learn something new!

Jessica Peters, LIFE 2016-17 Graduate

The LIFE program is co-sponsored by Iowa Valley Continuing Education and Iowa Falls Chamber/Main Street Inc. For more information, contact Jacque Goodman at 641-844-5640.

Poweshiek Leadership Program/PLP

Poweshiek County residents are encouraged to participate in the Poweshiek Leadership Program (PLP). The PLP program meets nine times from September through May. The session topics are: The Leader Within, Community Resources, Our Agricultural Economy, We The People, It Takes A Village, Education Recruitment and Retention, It’s Your Turn, County and Local Governance, Tenth Annual Golf Outing, and Embrace The Challenge.

“The Poweshiek Leadership Program opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist in our county. The information and contacts gathered during the meetings helped produce long-lasting relationships that will better serve the Poweshiek community.”

Scott Collings, Jensen Optometrists, Grinnell, IA

The PLP program is co-sponsored by Iowa Valley Continuing Education, Poweshiek Iowa Development/Pow I-80, ISU/Poweshiek County Extension, and Imagine Grinnell.

For more information, contact Catherine Lents at 641-623-5188, Poweshiek County Extension, 114 S. 3rd St., Montezuma, IA or Fax application to 641-623-5302.

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