Guest Blog: Leadership Siouxland Taking Applications Until August 31st


As an alumnus, past board member, and current Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland, I see firsthand the value this program provides to class participants and the Siouxland community. We provide a low-cost, time efficient way for class participants to develop the unique leadership skills needed for success in these challenging times, and networking opportunities that are unprecedented. I hope that you will consider participating in our upcoming class or sponsoring a participant from your organization.

Leadership Siouxland was formed 38 years ago. Over 1,100 Siouxlanders have graduated from the program. The 9-month curriculum is designed to allow participants to enhance their leadership skills; learn more about themselves and their strengths and talents; gain knowledge about our community and form a great network of professionals. 36 professionals from various businesses and industries in the tri-state Siouxland area graduated in May from our 2021-2022 class. Our program continues to evolve into unique experiences for each individual professional. The responses and feedback from class participants is inspiring. Some of the comments we hear are:

“It was an amazing experience!”
“The session on diversity and inclusiveness opened my eyes so I can understand different perspectives.”
“I am a better person and a better leader because of this program.”
“I learned how to be more authentic and to self-reflect; and how to step out of my comfort zone.”

“I made life-long friends and professional connections I can count on to help me navigate through

The curriculum includes learnings on Emotional Intelligence; Change Management; Gallup Strength Finder; IDEA (Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, Access/Accessibility); Difficult Conversations; and the following areas of education about our communities: Economic Development, Public Safety, Mission Driven Organizations, and more.

The class is formed into Connection Circles, allowing for deeper and more personal conversations around the session topics. Orientation is held 8:30 AM to 4 PM the last Thursday of September. Monthly class sessions are held the first Thursday of each month October through May from 5:30 to 9 PM. Meals are provided, and the total cost of the programs is $675. A limited number of scholarships (up to 1/2 the full tuition) are available. We work with companies and individuals on payment arrangements if requested; otherwise, payment is expected by orientation. The program offers a dynamic opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and men and women of various career levels and industries.

Thank you in advance for your interest in participating or sponsoring a participant in our upcoming program. We are constantly refreshing the content, class locations and activities, so each new class has a fresh, new experience. Click here to download an application. More information is available on Facebook at Leadership Siouxland. You can also reach out to Peggy Smith, Executive Director via e-mail at or call 712.898.8594.

Leadership Siouxland develops diverse, passionate leaders who positively impact our community for today and tomorrow.

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