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Leadership Council Bluffs

Applications for the 2024/2025 term of Leadership Council Bluffs are now closed.

Leadership Council Bluffs is an intense, graduate level program, designed to identify and develop leaders within our community and help them design and enhance their own leadership style with an emphasis on the community perspective.

The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, in a partnership with the Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Association, has developed a special program to identify, motivate and inform future leaders in our community. Leadership Council Bluffs is intended to offer individuals with community leadership potential the opportunity to develop knowledge and sharpen leadership skills through a series of sessions focusing on issues affecting our community.

The Program

Sessions are designed to help participants sense what Council Bluffs needs. The program exposes future leaders to the past, present and future of the community by combining presentations of current leaders, tours and dialogue between participants and the community decision-makers. The goal is to bring class members face to face with the challenges Council Bluffs is meeting and to inspire them to accept responsibility for providing necessary leadership. Each session is a full day. Social opportunities encourage participants to become better acquainted and foster mutual interests in working together to address challenges facing this progressive, growing community. Business firms and organizations usually pay tuition for their candidates. However, individuals may pay their own fees.

The Benefits

Leadership Council Bluffs graduates benefit in many areas. Participants refine skills and realize potentials, review Council Bluffs' history and become involved in its future. They examine connections between various community systems. Students gain direct experience in new areas and establish valuable relationships – both personal and professional – which endure long after graduation. Employers or sponsoring organizations benefit from the invaluable insights and experience gained, as well as from participants' improved leadership skills and involvement in the community. And, Council Bluffs benefits because it has gained additional responsible, civic-minded leaders who know how to work toward the good of the community.

The Selection

Leadership Council Bluffs is held each month from September through May. Candidates for the nine-month program should:

  • Possess a desire to develop strong leadership skills and interpersonal relationships.
  • Have a genuine interest in Council Bluffs and in learning to work effectively with the community.
  • Be committed to attending and participating in each and every class session and several extra- curricular projects.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jessica Escamilla at or call 712-325-1000. Visit Leadership Council Bluffs on Facebook.

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