One Iowa Announces Inaugural LGBTQ Leadership Institute Class

One Iowa, a statewide LGBTQ organization, announced its inaugural LGBTQ Leadership Institute class on Friday, June 1, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. The LGBTQ Leadership Institute aims to equip future LGBTQ leaders with the tools and skills to succeed not only in the LGBTQ community, but in the broader community as well.

One Iowa’s LGBTQ Leadership Institute 2018 fellows are:

  • Jordan Allen, Des Moines University Medical Student
  • Melinda Begenat, Wells Fargo
  • Emily Brown, UnityPoint
  • Luis Delcid, Ballet Master
  • Scott Fieker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Mariah Himes, AmeriCorps at Volunteer Iowa
  • Clifton Hughes, Principal
  • Jarrel Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Michelle Kell, IT Professional
  • Ashley Lindley, Domestic Violence Intervention Program and Sanctuary Community Church
  • Elizabeth Medina, GEAR UP – Iowa College Student Aid
  • Max Mowitz, Young Women’s Resource Center
  • Andrew O’Leary, Veterans Health Administration
  • Sarah Parker, Iowa Hospital Association
  • Jack Schuler, Wells Fargo
  • Tyler Wentworth, Integer Group
  • Alex West, Heartland AEA
  • Elle Wyant, United States Postal Service

One Iowa’s LGBTQ Leadership Institute advisory council chose these fellows from a strong pool of applicants. Through biweekly classes in the Des Moines area from June-October, these individuals will learn about Iowa LGBTQ history, how to be an authentic leader, resilient leadership strategies, and receive individualized planning guidance.

More information about the LGBTQ Leadership Institute can be found here.

“Congratulations to our inaugural LGBTQ Leadership Institute class,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “I’m excited to work with these extraordinary individuals and help them develop their leadership skills. Each participant will be a strong face and voice for Iowa’s LGBTQ community. I look forward to seeing what they bring not just to the LGBTQ Leadership Institute, but to our community’s future.”