Program Overview

Leadership Council Bluffs is designed to identify and develop potential leaders within our community helping them design and enhance their own leadership style with an emphasis on the community perspective. The program offers a broad-based overview of the economic, civic, and cultural drivers of Council Bluffs, helping leaders to activate their voices and orchestrate transformational change in our community.

Applications are due by 2:00 pm CST on Monday, June 6, 2022.
Successful candidates will demonstrate:
• A desire to contribute both time and energy toward serving the Council Bluffs community.
• Prior volunteer involvement and evidence of leadership experience.
• A desire to work effectively with community leaders and contribute to a cohort of diverse viewpoints and industries representing the Council Bluffs area.
• Professional growth focused on leadership skills.

Selection is based on the above criteria and individual contribution to a cohesive and diverse group profile that represents the Council Bluffs community at-large. No more than one candidate per organization will be selected to participate in each program year. Applications are not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance into the program in July.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance into the program in July. Upon acceptance into the program, the participants will be responsible for payment of $1,600 tuition fee, which covers all program costs. Chamber must receive tuition by July 29, 2022. Payment remitted to Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, 149 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

To graduate from the Leadership Council Bluffs program you must commit to the following:
• Attendance is expected at every session. Attendance at the Opening Retreat (2 days) and Closing Retreat is mandatory.
• Full participation in all aspects of the program.
• Completion of a Community Trustee Project. This is an ongoing work commitment beyond the class sessions.
• Following this program, intentions of continuing your service to the community through the Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Association and through volunteer activities.

Unexcused absenteeism may result in being dropped from the course. NO REFUNDS. Participation is not transferable.  If you are unable to make this regular commitment, it is not in your best interest to apply at this time.

Limited scholarships are available for the Leadership Council Bluffs program.  If interested in applying for a scholarship, you must submit a completed scholarship request form before June 6, 2022.  To request a scholarship request form, please contact Lori Shields at 

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Question Title

* 1. Here are the dates for the 2020-21 Leadership Council Bluffs program. Please print these dates for your reference.

2022-23 Schedule
September 22-23, 2022 - Opening Retreat
October 19, 2022 - Heritage Day
November 16, 2022 - Nonprofit Day
December 21, 2022 - Healthcare Day
January 18, 2023 - Economic Development Day
February 15, 2023 - Government Day
March 15, 2023 - Education Day
April 19, 2023 - Public Safety Day
May 17, 2023 - Closing Retreat
June 14, 2023 - Graduation
(Schedule is subject to change. Hours vary due to session content and location.)

Yes, I will commit to attending all the sessions for Leadership Council Bluffs and completing a Community Trustee Project.