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Grimes Leadership Academy

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The Grimes Leadership Academy is a premier leadership program that seeks to identify and resource leaders, encouraging and equipping them to be more effective leaders in the workplace and the community, and providing opportunity for relationship building and professional networking.

What is Grimes Leadership Academy?

The Grimes Leadership Academy (GLA) is an intense 10-month leadership experience that begins in August, 2024, and concludes in May, 2025.


In exchange for your Business' investment in a GLA participant, you can expect the following:

  • Each GLA participant will grow in their understanding of five essential practices of exemplary leadership. These practices include:
    • Modeling the way (set a good example for others in your business)
    • Inspiring a shared vision (envisioning a preferred future and enlisting others to share the vision)
    • Challenging the process (looking for innovative ways to improve by consistently generating small wins and learning from experience)
    • Enabling others to act (fostering collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships)
    • Encouraging the heart (celebrating your company’s values and victories by creating a spirit of community)
  • Each GLA participant will come away from their GLA experience with a much greater understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges present in the Grimes community.
  • Each GLA participant will expand his/her network of relationships as he/she will spend approximately 100 hours with fourteen other individuals within the Grimes business and non-profit community.

Assuming the GLA participant whom you support takes advantage of the numerous opportunities afforded by the GLA, your business’ investment will be rewarded because your team member will be a more effective, more educated, and more engaged leader.


Class Schedule:

Orientation Retreat (mandatory)
August 28, 2024
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location TBD

Large Business | Agriculture | Distribution

September 18, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Local Government | Community History

October 16, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Civic Engagement | Volunteerism

November 20, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD


December 11, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Entrepreneurship | Project Planning

January 15, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Mid-Year Retreat (mandatory)

January 29, 2025

12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Small Business | Finance | Economic Development

February 19, 2025

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Community Culture

March 12, 2025

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Regional Collaboration

April 16, 2025

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Recreation | Entertainment | Arts | Media

May 21, 2025

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Graduation Celebration!

May 28, 2025

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location TBD

List of Sponsors:

Grimes Leadership Academy Implementation Team:

Brian Buethe

Halsey Scales

John Palmer

Ben Butzke

Greg Means

Clint Dudley

Jill Altringer

Jake Anderson

Tom Armstrong

Scott Carpenter

Erin Huiatt

Erin Lego

Aaron Chittenden

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