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Leadership Fort Dodge

Leadership Fort Dodge, established in 2005, offers participants the opportunity to learn about our community through professional presentations, tours of businesses, and interaction with local and state leaders.

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


  • The program runs from September through May with participants meeting for a full day on the second Thursday of the month
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. Due to capacity limitations, only one participant is allowed per place of business
  • A registration fee of $500 covers class materials, food, transportation, and professional speakers


·         History·         Local Government
·         Healthcare & Human Services·         State Government
·         Leadership Skills·         Recreation
·         Arts & Culture·         Economic Development
·         Education·         Agriculture
·         Public Safety



Thursday, August 29, 2024 - Orientation

Thursday, September 12, 2024

Thursday, October 10, 2024

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Thursday, December 12, 2024

Thursday, January 9, 2025

Thursday, February 13, 2025

Thursday, March 13, 2025

Thursday, April 10, 2025

Thursday, May 8, 2025

Thursday, May 15, 2025 - Lunch Graduation


“After seeing all that Fort Dodge both needs and has to offer, I am very excited to get more involved!”

“Thank you for the experience of a lifetime with this class!  It was incredible and absolutely invaluable!”

“Every class was full of great information.  One of the greatest things offered to professionals in FD.”