Emerging Leaders

​For several years a top training topic for companies has been leadership development but sometimes a company only has a few individuals for a course which can make the needed training cost prohibitive.  Enter DMACC’s Emerging Leaders initiative, a joint effort of DMACC Business Resources and DMACC Continuing Education.  Following a focus group meeting in April 2018 to identify pertinent topics, the DMACC team went about contacting experts in leadership development to craft a 9-session series covering a wide array of leadership topics.

“It’s really helped us bring something to the marketplace that was missing,” says Jacki Boldt, a DMACC Business Resources Business Consultant who was heavily involved in the creation of the initiative.

The class meets for a half a day once a month and focuses on a single topic with a different subject matter expert each time.

Leadership topics currently include:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Time Management and Meeting Management
  • Generational Differences
  • Unconscious Bias/Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership to Fit the Situation
  • Change Management
  • Difficult Conversations/Employee Discipline and Documentation
  • Coaching and Developing Your Employees

The first 9-month series began in September 2018 and quickly hit the 30-seat cap.  Due to continued strong interest in the program, a second series began in January 2019.  DMACC is currently evaluating a possible 3rd cohort for mid-2019.  The training can also be provided for a single company if they have a number of leaders needing the training.


“The Emerging Leaders series provided by DMACC has tremendous value.  The speakers provide expert advice and tangible recommendations for immediate implementation.  Sessions are engaging and thought-provoking, and also offer an opportunity to learn new perspectives from other engaged professionals.” 

  - Katie Gieszler, Economic Development Department, City of Urbandale.