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Hope Researcher to Provide Keynote Address at Leadership Conference Luncheon Public Invited to Attend

June 7, 2016

The Association of Leadership Programs Midwest Regional Conference will take place in Des Moines on June 16 and 17, 2016. The host organizations, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Regional Leadership Council of Central Iowa (a collaboration of 18 local leadership organizations), invite community members to attend the conference luncheon on June 17, featuring hope researcher, Shane Lopez. Ph.D.

Dr. Lopez, the world’s leading expert on hope, is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. A critically acclaimed author and advocate for hope, his research has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Lopez spreads his advocacy for hope as a catalyst for understanding the impact mentality has on daily life.

The keynote address, Leading with Hope, will convey an important message for leaders: followers need hope. Followers look to leaders to capitalize on the spirit and ideas of the times, to dream big, and to motivate them toward a meaningful future. Lopez will share stories of a humble CEO, a larger than life mayor, and a doctor who takes care of dying children to demonstrate how leaders spread hope and motivate followers.

“My mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work, and life,” says Dr. Lopez.

“The message of hope is relevant for any leader, especially those leading in the community,” says Amy Jennings, executive director of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. “We are excited to provide a unique opportunity for community members to hear this strong, universal leadership message.”

Registrations for the June 17th luncheon and keynote address, sponsored by Kum & Go, are being accepted at gdmli.com. Individual seats as well as tables of eight are available for purchase.

About the Association of Leadership Programs

The Association of Leadership Programs is a national organization that brings together leadership organizations to share best practices, foster innovation, build networks with colleagues, and provide education to advance the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals. Learn more about the Association of Leadership Programs at alpleaders.org

About the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is Central Iowa’s premier community leadership development organization. Through community-wide education and service projects, the Leadership Institute develops, connects, inspires, and challenges community leaders to greater public awareness, commitment, and involvement to improve the overall quality of life in our community. Since 1982, more than 2,000 leaders have graduated from the Leadership Institute’s programs. Learn about the Leadership Institute by visiting gdmli.com

About Regional Leadership Council of Central Iowa

An initiative of Capital Crossroads and convened by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Regional Leadership Council of Central Iowa brings together directors and leaders of the various community leadership development programs throughout Central Iowa to share best practices, learn from one another, and foster collaboration which helps leverage the important work of each individual program to strengthen our region as a whole. For more information, visit Regional Leadership Council at seizedesmoines.com/regional-leadership-council