Iowa Communications Alliance Leadership Academy 

The Iowa Communications Alliance Board of Directors is excited to announce the launch of the ICA Leadership Academy.  The ICA Leadership Academy has been developed in response to requests from members for additional, in-depth leadership development opportunities for member company employees. 

Program Goal
The ICA Leadership Academy will raise up leaders who desire to take the next step into a leadership role both in their companies and the ICA through networking opportunities, mentorship, and leadership skills training.

Target Audience
Member company employees being considered for, being groomed for, or new to leadership positions within their organization. The class size will be limited to no more than 15 participants. The limited class size will allow for maximum participation and networking.

Program Dates (all classes will be held the Des Moines metro area) 

  • October 8-9, 2019 (afternoon of October 8th and morning of October 9th)
  • November 5, 2019
  • January 14-15, 2020 – in conjunction with the Executive Pathways Conference
  • February 5, 2020 • March 22, 2020 – Evening – Graduation dinner
  • March 23, 2020 – Participants will be recognized during the Annual Meeting of Members at the ICA Annual Meeting & Expo
Program Content
The Leadership Academy will include a mix of presentations, interactive workshops, and participant discussions. Topics to be covered include:
  • Real Colors workshop
  • Human Resources basics
  • Time Management and Delegation
  • Building Successful Teams
  • Leading Effective Meetings
  • Customer Service 
  • Strategic Thinking 
  • Panel of seasoned leaders addressing “what I wish I would have known earlier”
  • Importance of Legislative and Regulatory Involvement
The cost to participate in the ICA Leadership Academy is $695. This fee includes:
  • Participant materials
  •  Outside presenter fees 
  • Meals during the scheduled class times 
  • A full registration to the 2020 Annual Meeting & Expo ($395 value) Any travel related expenses would be the responsibility of the member company.

Participant Expectations 

  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled sessions. Emergency situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Complete any homework assignments given to the class.
  • Participant in at least one ICA committee meeting/conference call during the course.
  • Have the full support of your supervisor and/or board of directors.
Application Process 
  1. Complete the attached application. Please note there are sections for the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor, general manager/CEO, or board president to complete.
  2. Submit the completed application by July 31, 2019 to: [email protected]
  3. Applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified by August 30, 2019.

If accepted, payment will be due by September 13, 2019


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Interested in sponsoring one of the meals for the Leadership Academy participants?  This is a great way to support the Leadership Academy as a whole and to meet up-and-coming lCA and telecom industry leaders.  Click here to learn more.