Leadership for Five Seasons Adult Application For the Class of 2021 Opens April 1

Mar 16, 2020

Looking to deepen your knowledge of the community, get more involved, meet people who are looking to sharpen their leadership skills? From April 1 through April 30, Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) will accept applications for the LFS Adult Class of 2021. If you or one of your colleagues are interested in joining the LFS program, here’s what you need to know:

LFS is a premier community leadership program that focuses on developing top talent through a formal leadership curriculum. The program provides participants with community knowledge, connections and inspiration to make a positive impact on the community.

The Adult program spans 10 months, August to May, beginning first with a two-day leadership retreat based on curriculum used by most master’s programs across the country, The Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practice Inventory 360 Tool. The class of 35 attends nine full-day monthly leadership days to learn about an area of economic opportunity, quality of life, hear about challenges facing the community and connect with community leaders. Leadership development is built into each of these days, for continued growth and allowing participants to track their progress over time. Themes for the leadership days include:

  • History Day
  • Agriculture Day
  • Arts & Culture Day
  • Entrepreneurial Day
  • Human Needs Day
  • Government Day
  • Economic Development Day
  • Education Day
  • Health Care Day
  • Scholarship Available for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

    LFS Scholarship Sponsor Shive-Hattery is, for a second year, providing a scholarship to cover one participant’s Adult program tuition. The scholarship is specifically designed for small businesses and nonprofits with limited financial means to send a leader through the LFS Adult program.

    The LFS Advisory Board had received consistent feedback from alumni and the community that there were great people who were missing out on the chance to experience the program because of a financial barrier. Thus, the scholarship was created for the current LFS Adult Class of 2020. Paula Land, Executive Director at Catherine McAuley Center was the Adult Class of 2020 recipient of the Shive-Hattery Scholarship.

    “Truly, had it not been for the Shive-Hattery Scholarship, I would not be a part of LFS this year. It has been a goal of mine for at least a dozen years. As a nonprofit leader, I could not justify spending our limited professional development budget on myself.” - Paula Land, Executive Director, Catherine McAuley Center

    If you’d like to be alerted when the LFS Adult application opens or have additional questions, reach out to Leadership Program & Administrative Specialist, Jessica Komisar, at

    jkomisar@cedarrapids.org or visit www.cedarrapids.org/LFS for more information.

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