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.

Successful candidates will have:
• Expressed a desire to contribute both time and energy toward serving the Council Bluffs community.
• Demonstrated prior volunteer involvement and provided evidence of leadership experience.
• Demonstrated professional growth focused on leadership skills.
Selection is based on the above criteria and individual contribution to a total group profile of the 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. 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 Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 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.
• An unexcused absence may result in dismissal from the program.
• 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.

Applications are due by 4:00 pm CST on Monday, June 3, 2019.

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 3, 2019.  To request a scholarship request form, please contact Lori Shields at lshields@councilbluffsiowa.com. 

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* 1. Here are the dates for the 2018-19 Leadership Council Bluffs program. Please print these dates for your reference.

September 19-20, 2019 - Opening Retreat
October 16, 2019 - Heritage Day
November 20, 2019 - Nonprofit Day
December 18, 2019 - Healthcare Day
January 15, 2020 - Economic Development Day
February 19, 2020 - Government Day
March 18, 2020 - Education Day
April 15, 2020 - Public Safety Day
May 20, 2020 - Closing Retreat
June 10, 2020 - 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.