This year I was selected to participate in the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute‘s (GDMLI) Community Leadership Program (CLP). This is a HUGE honor. CLP is Central Iowa’s premier and longest standing leadership program.
Approximately 50 participants are selected for each class (There were over 400 applicants this year!). Selection is made on the basis of individual merit and demonstrated leadership abilities in the areas of community involvement and level of career responsibilities. The nine-month program is designed to raise awareness of the needs and challenges that affect the region, and enhance leadership skills with a focus on community stewardship.
Orientation and the opening retreat took place a few months ago and now we’re well into the swing of our 5-hour long class room sessions which take place every third week. Small groups are required to participate in service projects of our choosing throughout the year. Our entire class as a whole is also working on a larger community project. I’m co-chairing the Marketing/Logistics Committee for our class project this year, so I’m extremely excited!
I look forward to sharing with all of you what I learn about myself and my community during this program. I’ve already met so many amazing people!