Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Launches Iowa Leadership Exchange Event

September 30, 2020

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Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Launches Iowa Leadership Exchange Event

September 30, 2020 (Des Moines) – The Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative announced a new educational event to bolster existing programs and support a statewide network of program leaders.

The first-ever Iowa Leadership Exchange 2020 will be held virtually Oct. 21-22. The new event is supported by the Growing Rural Iowa Task Force to help existing programs grow and assist a statewide network of program leaders.

The Iowa Leadership Exchange 2020 is designed for rural leadership program directors to share best practices to renew and improve existing programs. The two-day event will feature strategies for elevating local leadership, steps for increased diversity and inclusion and “Best Practice Labs.”

“The Growing Rural Iowa Task Force was created to address leadership and community development in rural communities,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. “The Iowa Leadership Exchange 2020 will create connecting opportunities for rural leadership programs to share ideas, best practices and provide tools to help make Iowa’s rural communities even more attractive for our workforce.”

“Whether you are new to coordinating a leadership program or a seasoned professional, having the opportunity to meet with other leadership program coordinators is beneficial to keep your program relevant,” said Carla Eysink, Leadership Red Rock with Marion County Development. “You are able to learn new approaches to session topics, how to handle program coordination challenges and fun ways to integrate networking into your program. In addition, you develop a network of leadership program coordinators that you can contact after the exchange to discuss issues as they arise.”

To learn more or to complete your complimentary registration, visit iowaeda.com/empowerruraliowa. For more information on the Iowa Leadership Exchange, contact Liesl Seabert at rural@iowaeda.com.

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