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Applications Now Accepted for 2017 Community Connect Program

October 10, 2016

Community Connect inspires future leaders to take purposeful action in the community as a result of relationships with experienced community leaders and a curriculum that encourages discovery of personal values and motivations. Created in 2012 as part of the Capital Crossroads Vision Plan, the five-session program occurs in a small-group setting that ensures interaction with each community leader as well as other program participants. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 program, which begins in February.

While program participants move through a curriculum of self-discovery, mentors provide guidance, feedback, and connections that encourage community engagement. Past mentors include Dana Ramundt, The Dana Company; Dr. Mary Chapman, DMACC (retired); Emily Abbas, Bankers Trust; and Joe Gonzales, Latino Resources and Latino Heritage Festival. Mentors for the next program are currently being secured and will be announced in 2017.

“I have rarely spent time focusing on myself, but this program has developed my focus to remind me that who I am isn't just about my professional persona; I have a purpose for all aspects of my life,“ says Katie Stull, 2016 Community Connect participant.

Interested potential applicants are invited to learn more about the Community Connect program at an informational session to be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 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.