Leadership Fort Dodge


Leadership Fort Dodge, now in its 15th year, has a proven track record of offering participants the opportunity to learn about our community through professional presentations, tours of businesses and agencies, and interaction with local and state leaders.

MISSION: A leadership program designed to develop leaders who are informed, dynamic, qualified, and motivated.

PURPOSE: Leadership Fort Dodge is a broad-based, interactive experience that seeks to shape future leaders by providing them with the background information and tools to become a positive force in our community.


Starting in September and ending in May, the members of the Leadership Fort Dodge class spend one full business day (the second Thursday) each month examining specific topics and aspects of the community.  Participants have the opportunity to meet and interact with city, county, and state leaders.

The insights participants gain as they network and explore the inner workings of the community serve as a foundation for increased involvement in the greater Fort Dodge area in a variety of leadership roles.

Participants will gain personal and professional skills that increase their effectiveness within their community and business environment.


  • History & Demographics
  • Local Government
  • Health & Human Services
  • State Government
  • Civic Engagement
  • Quality of Life
  • Media
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Agriculture & Ecology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Leadership Skills


Enrollment: Limited to 28 participants

Registration Fee: $300 includes class material, lunch, transportation, orientation and graduation.

For more information please call 515-955-5500 or e-mail Jill Nelson.
Please contact Jill Nelson for an application.

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