I-LEAD - Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program


Applications for I-LEAD Class 8 are now being accepted, click here for more information or contact Alyssa Smola asmola@iowacorn.org or 515-525-9242 for application and program details.

I-LEAD Class 7 

The Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) Class 7 started their two year journey in November of 2014. The class includes farmers, educators, agribusiness and governmental leaders from across the state.

I-LEAD Class 7 Members:    

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson

Connie Casson        Underwood   

Matthew Eddy
Pleasant Hill
Alex Edgington
St. Ansgar
Michael Fritch
Drew Gieselman
Katie Hall-Despins
Laura Holoubek
James Jordan
Bonnie Kroneman
Brandon Maier
Eagle Grove
Chris Mehrens
Story City
Maury Noonan
Mason City
Sara Ross
Jason Schwenneker
Marcie Stevenson
Adam Theis
Charlie White

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Iowa’s agriculture leadership today is built on generations of individuals who made agriculture their cause – not just a job.  The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) recognize that the future of Iowa agriculture depends on developing new leaders who share the same passion for generations to come.

I-LEAD is a resource for talented people who want to contribute to a better future for Iowa’s communities and the long-term profitability of agriculture in Iowa, and is charged with the task of developing stronger leaders for Iowa agriculture. 

An I-LEAD Graduate will be able to:

  • Describe the value of grassroots leadership, which includes knowing how to get involved and having the personal skills to work effectively as a leader.
  • Define his or her personal leadership style by identifying the diversity of leadership styles and how people with different leadership styles work together.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Iowa Corn and other key organizations that agriculture can work with to broaden perspectives and build coalitions.
  • Create a working knowledge of the agriculture industry and economy in Iowa and Iowa’s place in the world agriculture economy.
  • Communicate messages about agriculture by locating evidence, formulating key points, and communicating agricultural messages through written or verbal communication.

More information on the objectives for the I-LEAD Class 7 mission to the Philippines to Malaysia. 


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