The Leadership Institute is a four-month program designed to prepare Iowa’s next generation of LGBTQ leaders. The curriculum helps individuals plan for and reach goals ranging from nonprofit leadership, community organization, running for office, and more.
Meet the class of 2019
This year’s class comprises of twenty-four individuals with connections across the country who have made Iowa their home.View Class Bios
See classes from previous years.
Across nine sessions, program participants achieve outcomes based on the following areas.
By understanding LGBTQ history, participants will be able to articulate our community’s journey and pay homage to the many trailblazers who have pushed our movement forward, including those right here in Iowa.
Participants will explore who they are and what makes them unique. By reflecting on how their experiences, values, and environments have shaped them, they will better understand their own leadership style.
Being an out LGBTQ leader can be difficult. Participants will learn strategies to overcome adversity despite the obstacles they face.
Individual Leadership Plan
Participants will create a multi-year individual plan to help them achieve their leadership goals both during and after the program. Community experts will provide a support network as each individual crafts their plan.
Through these plans, participants will find entry points for broader community engagement that fit their goals (nonprofit boards, community organizations, running for office, etc.) and receive support in pursuing those goals.
This project will require LGBTQ Leadership Institute students to practically apply the skills they’ve developed through the program to real-world challenges.
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