New Leaders Council Showcases Efforts of Largest Class Ever

New Leaders Council Des Moines celebrates its largest applicant pool and the diversity of 2017 cohort and seeks to further efforts to recruit an even more diverse applicant pool for 2018.  

Des Moines, Iowa- May 21, 2017 New Leaders Council Des Moines, a nonpartisan training program for progressive Millennials, celebrates its status a leader in recruiting, training and promoting the next generation of progressive leaders with a fundraiser June 1st at the Iowa Bar Association.

Ready, Set, Engage! Empowering the Next Generation of Iowa Leaders will take place at the Iowa Bar Association from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday June 1 and will showcase a variety of diverse leaders in the realm of political, business, and non-profit leadership. NLC Alumni and state Senator Nate Boulton will be emceeing the event. Speakers include popular progressive Senator Janet Petersen; Mike Draper, owner of the local business Ray Gun; and Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, a progressive activist and pastor at Trinity Las Americas and Wesley UMC.

This year’s fundraiser had been organized by a class of 20 fortunate members who were selected from a pool of around 50, Des Moines’ largest applicant pool in the program’s 7-year history.

The importance of diversity in progressive leadership is a core focus of the national organization’s mission, with goals of a cohort that is 60% non-white and 55% women. The Des Moines chapter has not entirely hit these goals this year but seeks to increase efforts to diversify its candidate pool and selected participants by starting recruiting efforts for 2018 earlier than previous years, starting with the opportunity to meet the members of 2017 and previous alumni and talk with them about their experiences with the program at this year’s fundraiser.

Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, a speaker for the June 1st event, said of the importance of diversity in leadership: “it is important to have diverse people in leadership positions because it helps people first recognize that we are not all the same, and that’s a good thing, in fact that can be used as a strength to advance your cause. Second, seeing people similar to them [participating] motivates people to get involved.

NLC is an intensive, 5-month program that requires one full weekend of participation each month on topics such as public speaking, fundraising, and building coalitions. Similar leadership programs in the area come with a hefty price tag upwards of $1,500 or more up-front and many do not offer as intimate of a connection with fellow participants.  NLC Des Moines is a community- supported and community- building organization in which each class helps raise the funds to support the class the following year. This year’s fundraising and social event will be held at the Iowa Bar Association from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can by purchased here

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the organization, you can do so by donating at this link


One comment

  • “Pete reminded us that the key to winning elections again is creating the political climate we desire, not adapting to what we perceive people want.”
    Pete…that is a dangerous statement, and right up there with “business as usual”! “Manifest destiny”, much? It’s exactly what white men have been doing since we invaded and destroyed this country.
    We never asked the Indigenous inhabitants how to live on this great land, but instead, we took it from them and made it our own!
    Look where it’s gotten us!
    Go out.
    Ask those who of us who are living in the fallout out of our ancestors and now, the 1%ers fallout, how WE WANT TO LIVE!
    Do not make assumptions for us!
    Ask us how we want to live!


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