Iowa Communications Alliance Leadership Academy


2020-2021 Leadership Academy Information

The ICA Leadership Academy was 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 12 participants.  The limited class size will allow for maximum participation and networking.  Applying does not guarantee a spot in the class.  Selection of the Leadership Academy class is competitive and involves thoughtful consideration by a review committee. 

Program Dates (tentatively planning for all classes to be held in the Des Moines metro area)
•  October 13-14, 2020 (afternoon of October 13th and morning of October 14th)
•  November 16, 2020
•  December 8, 2020
•  January 12-13, 2021 – in conjunction with the Executive Pathways Conference
•  February 3, 2021 – in conjunction with the ICA Board Meeting
•  March 28, 2021 – Evening – Graduation dinner

•  March 29, 2021 – 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.  Each year, content is reviewed and adjusted as needed to provide participants with the most relevant contact possible.  Topics to be covered include:
•  Leadership Personality and Strengths 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 $715.  This fee includes:
•  Participant materials
•  Outside presenter fees
•  Meals during the scheduled class times
•  A full registration to the 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo ($415 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. 
•  Participate in at least one ICA committee meeting/conference call during the course.
•  Have the full support of your supervisor and/or board of directors.
ICA places a high priority on full participation.  All applicants should consider personal and professional calendars and make the necessary adjustment to accommodate the program schedule.
Application Process
  • 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.
  • Submit the completed application by July 31, 2020 to: [email protected]
  • Applications will be reviewed and scored by a committee and the highest scored applications will be selected.  Please note that simply submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot in the class.  Selection of the Leadership Academy class is a competitive process.
  • Applicants will be notified by August 30, 2020.

If accepted, payment will be due by September 20, 2020.
Special Note about potential impact of COVID-19 on the ICA Leadership Academy
As you are well-aware, COVID-19 has changed many plans in the last few months.  At this point, ICA has decided to move forward with the application process while also monitoring the situation and continuing to assess the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the 2020-2021 Leadership Academy.  ICA Leadership believes that for participants to receive the full benefit of the Leadership Academy, sessions will need to take place in person.  There may be one session held virtually, but the in-person experiences and benefits of small group work, hands-on activities, and informal networking do not translate well to an online platform. 
If the Leadership Academy is held, ICA is committed to doing so in a way that keeps the health and safety of our participants and presenters a top priority.  This would mean that the sessions will look different to incorporate the recommended social distancing and other safety measures. 
If we determine that it is not in everyone’s best interest to hold the Leadership Academy this year, we will move the 2020-2021 selected participants to the 2021-2022 class.  Selected individuals will not need to reapply. 
We encourage interested individuals to talk with their supervisors or directors and apply.  As we move through the process over the summer, we will continue to communicate any updates and decisions. 

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Congratulations to the Inaugural ICA Leadership Academy Class

The following individuals who have successfully completed the 2019-2020 ICA Leadership Academy.

  • Devan Amdor, Cumberland Telephone Company
  • Mike Baker, Danville Telecom
  • Jamie Daubendiek, Jefferson Telecom
  • Chris Dodd, Evertek, Inc.
  • Rachel Hamilton, Marne Elk Horn
  • Ryan Joynt, Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
  • Chris Lovell, CL Tel
  • Lee Mellema, Premier Communications
  • Kristine Mohning, WesTel Systems
  • Erin Petersen, Palo Cooperative Telephone Association
  • Jillinda Thornton, IAMO Telephone Company
  • Johnathon Tuvera, Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative