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Applications Now Accepted for 2019 Community Connect Program

October 16, 2018

Des Moines, IA — The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Community Connect program, which begins in February.

Thirty program participants move through a five-session curriculum of self-discovery, while mentors provide guidance and connections that encourage community engagement. Past mentors include Kim Butler, Community State Bank; Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo; Elizabeth Presutti, DART; and Joe Gonzalez, Latino Resources and Latino Heritage Festival. Mentors for the next program are currently being secured and will be announced in 2019.

"The most meaningful part of this program was connecting with my purpose and values. It gave me time to sit down and evaluate who I am, where I spend my time and how these two areas of my life interconnect. This program has given me the confidence to take more risks to find joy and to believe in myself because my purpose and values will always be a guide," says Kaylie Hoyle, 2018 Community Connect participant.

Interested potential applicants are invited to learn more about the Community Connect program at an informational session on Monday, October 22nd, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Suite 100, Des Moines. Registrations for this free event as well as program applications are currently being accepted at gdmli.com.

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is a premier leadership organization, guiding leaders to greater public awareness, commitment and involvement — improving the overall quality of life in our community. In three decades, more than 1,900 leaders have participated in Leadership Institute programs, gaining a greater understanding of our community and opportunities for civic improvement. Please visit Gdmli.com for more information.