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DSM Fellowship Program

The DSM Fellowship Program, set to begin with a pilot program in 2018, will create a preeminent professional development initiative that attracts, develops and retains a diverse community of top-tier graduates. Companies will enhance their workforce diversity and Fellows will grow their life and career in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Fellows will be exposed to opportunities that accelerate their professional track and grant lasting connections. Participating companies will sponsor Fellows in a two-year program. For the pilot program, employers will be able to choose employees who have joined the company in the past year or will join the company after graduation in May for participation. A new cohort will then be accepted for 2020. 

Fellows will:

  • Complete a customized advanced professional development curriculum.
  • Receive mentoring from executives in their company and across the region.
  • Have access to community engagement opportunities.
  • Work on a capstone project.
  • Form lasting bonds with Fellows in other companies.

The DSM Fellowship Program centers on a four-pronged approach emphasizing areas of Career Development, Community Engagement, Curriculum and Social Connection.

Career Development: Comprehensive Work Experience

Fellows will receive higher exposure earlier in their careers and gain access to leadership opportunities through exclusive executive mentoring.

Community Engagement: Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

As leaders both inside and outside the workplace, Fellows will engage with the community through service activities, nonprofit projects and interactions with civic, philanthropic and business leaders. Fellows will also meet with state and federal officials to voice their vision of the region’s future.

Curriculum: Continued Professional Development

Fellows will complete a customized advanced professional development curriculum and provide a milestone presentation on a uniquely designed capstone project.

Social Connections: Lasting Bonds Through Shared Experiences

Through a continued stream of networking, sponsored events and team retreats, Fellows will develop lasting bonds and relationships.

The DSM Fellowship Program will be an innovative approach to empower DSM leaders of tomorrow to get involved today.