All three of the Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Classes of 2022 are off to a sprinting start! Each group is eager and excited to learn more about the community they live in, areas to get involved in and to make more personal and professional connections.
The Adult class kicked off their class in Davenport, Iowa, at a two-day retreat designed to assess their current leadership skills, build connections among class members and leave with a leadership growth plan. They were led through discussions and activities by curriculum facilitator, Nate Klein (Class of 2017 Alumni). In September, they kicked off their monthly sessions with History Day, which included a high-level overview of Cedar Rapids history, a walking tour of Downtown and their legacy speeches. In October, the class will get a behind-the-scenes look and tour at farms in Ely, Mt. Vernon and Iowa City to learn how agriculture impacts our daily activities.
The Youth class spent two days at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Wakonda in Central City, where they built their communication and leadership skills while tackling a challenging obstacle course. Similar to the Adult class, they also kicked off in September on History Day with a Cedar Rapids history presentation, walking tour and their legacy speeches. The students will get to experience both Agriculture Day and Health & Wellness Day in October. Presentations at Kirkwood Community College, Bloomsbury Farms and Indian Creek Nature Center will be on the agenda for Agriculture Day and guest speakers from Kepros Physical Therapy, yoga and more during Health & Wellness Day.
The LFS Executive program is geared towards executives and their spouses, who have recently relocated to the area or those new to an executive role in the area. This group started their year with an orientation dinner at Rodina in August and dinner at Tin Roost for ICR Day in September to learn more about the opportunities and challenges we face as a region and ways they can begin to get involved.