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    • 01 Jan 2022
    • 31 Dec 2022
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    Then. Now. When. Video Series

    An Educational Experience

    For Leaders Closing the Racial Equity Gap

    Transform your leadership practice to one that embraces racial equity as you seek to understand your role in creating a different future. Highlighting the stories and experiences of Black Americans, the Then. Now. When. Video Series gives leaders a foundation in our collective history, an understanding of local issues, encourages brave conversations, and inspires meaningful action. 

    The self-guided Then. Now. When. Video Series is made up of seven modules (12 videos). Each module focuses on a particular topic, conveyed through readings, videos, and music. Modules, which were inspired by articles in the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, include Setting the Stage, Capitalism, Healthcare, Wealth Gap, Undemocratic Democracy, Mass Incarceration, and Taking Action. The live series was recorded in 2021 and was adapted to video for use in work teams, faith groups, book clubs, service clubs, etc. or experienced on your own.

    How to gain access to the content:

    • Register to the left. 
    • If using in a group setting (worksite, faith-based group, book group, etc.), only one person needs to register. The participant guide and video access code can be shared with learning group participants. 
    • Contribute an optional donation* to support continued programming by the Leadership Institute. While optional, your donation helps us do more good work.

    * This program was funded by the generosity of sponsors and developed by volunteers. The registration fees listed are suggested donation amounts. We ask that you consider a donation to make continued racial equity programming possible via our mission-driven non-profit organization. 

    Learn more about the program


    • 06 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
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    Best of The Institute
    Lead With Love, Acting Through Art
    September 6th


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, come experience the Best of the Youth Leadership Initiative!

    The Youth Leadership Initiative Arts Day turned electric as facilitator, Emmett Phillips, taught the students how theater can be used as a way to tell stories that promote equity, social justice, and freedom. In this Best of The Institute experience, Emmett will facilitate a workshop for all ages called "Leading with Love, Acting Through Art." As a Hip-Hop artist, poet, teaching artist, and actor, Emmett has worked with Des Moines Public Schools, the Des Moines Play House, Pyramid Theatre Company and more. Expand your mind as you learn to lead with love and act through art, just like our YLI students do.

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 50
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    Best of The Institute
    Design Thinking for Community Change
    September 13th


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration,
    come experience the Best of the Community Leadership Program!

    Design Thinking enhanced the Community Leadership Program class project experience in 2019 and has been helping class members to think creatively and inclusively about community problems ever since. Get a taste of how to apply design thinking to community change from CLP alum, program mentor, and design thinking expert, Joe Benesh (CLP '21).

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Capital Square, 400 Locust St, Street Level
    • 50
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    Best of The Institute
    Communication for Connection with Alan Feirer
    September 15th


    Come experience the Best of the Community Leadership Program and the Youth Leadership Initiative!

    Communication is the one skill we use every day, in every environment, and in every situation. Yet, we’ve all experienced the fallouts of bad communication or the lack of communication. In this session, top-rated Community Leadership Program facilitator, Alan Feirer, will identify three common obstacles to effective communication. Once we are aware of them, we can take constructive steps to overcome them. Don't be surprised if the five practices of exemplary leadership, part of the CLP curriculum that Alan delivers, finds it way into this workshop.

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Stowe Heights Challenge Course, 3516 Dubuque Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
    • 24
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    Best of The Institute
    Stowe Heights Challenge Course
    September 16th


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration,
    come experience the Best of the Youth Leadership Initiative!

    Part of the Youth Leadership Initiative program since 2020, the Stowe Heights Challenge Course quickly became a program highlight for students. The Institute has many connections to this course, including it being a Community Leadership Program class project in 2019. Experience the magic of stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging your physical abilities in this challenge-by-choice course. There is a maximum capacity of 24 participants so secure your spot today!

    There is a maximum capacity of 24 participants so secure your spot today!

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • NCMIC, 14001 University Ave, Clive, IA 50325
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    Best of The Institute
    Mentor Connections
    September 20th


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration,
    come experience the Best of Community Connect!

    Join us for an evening of making connections with experienced community leaders in this Best of The Institute tribute to the Community Connect program. Put yourself in the shoes of our Community Connect participants as you experience this wildly popular activity that encourages participants to chat and interact with mentors. Throughout the workshop, current and past Community Connect mentors will share a personal story to highlight their growth related to purpose, goals, relationships, courage and action in the community.

    Hosted and sponsored by NCMIC, this evening will help you create new connections and relationships with seasoned mentors in our community!

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 22 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Des Moines Water Works, 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321
    • 50
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    Best of The Institute
    Des Moines Water Works Treatment Facility Tour
    September 22nd


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, come experience the
    Best of the Community Leadership Program!

    A favorite behind-the-scenes tour of the Community Leadership Program for many years, Des Moines Water Works provides drinking water to approximately 600,000 customers. See how water is cleaned and have a conversation with Water Works CEO, Ted Corrigan, and External Affairs Manager, Jennifer Terry.

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 27 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Woodland Cemetery, 2019 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
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    Best of The Institute
    Woodland Cemetery Tour
    September 27th


    As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, come experience the
    Best of the Community Leadership Program!

    Each year, the Community Leadership Program opening retreat includes an introduction to Des Moines' history with lively tour guide and retired history teacher, Archie Cook. Experience this program favorite as you learn about our community's early leaders during a walk around Des Moines' oldest cemetery.

    This experience is open to all Leadership Institute alumni of all programs and community members.

    Your registration fee will go to support the next 40 years of Institute programming. Thank you for your support!

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park, 2251 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321
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    Happy 40th Anniversary to The Institute!

    Join us to celebrate 40 years of life-changing leadership experiences in Greater Des Moines! Reminisce and revel in the fun with music by Plastic Apartment (featuring Cory Sharp, CLP ’21), food trucks, photos booths, and BIG announcements.

    The schedule for this free event is as follows-

    4:30-5:30 pm: VIP reception for donor members & sponsors. Not a giving member? Join today!

    5:30-9:00 pm: Cheers to 40 Years! Celebration (program begins at 6 pm)

    Rally other alums and community champions and RSVP today!



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