Ames Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Ames

Now Accepting Applications for Class 34!

Class 34 will begin in January 2021 and run through November 2021. Applications will be accepted from October 6 - October 31. Class 34 will be announced in early December.

Class size is limited so submit your application today!

View the Class 34 informational pack here. Program information and expectations as well as session dates and descriptions are included.

Program Overview

Participants selected for the Leadership Ames Class will listen to presentations, debate issues, participate in class activities, visit with area leaders, tour facilities and get to know individuals representing a broad cross-section of the community.

There are 12 class sessions that each focus on different themes. Participants are expected to attend all 12 sessions and a graduation evening event. After graduation, all class members will be assigned a day to facilitate for the next year’s class. In addition to the day sessions, class members also complete a group service project of their choosing.

Leadership Ames was created in 1988 by the Ames Chamber of Commerce to develop informed, involved and concerned local leaders. The program gives both experienced and emerging leaders a broader view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities through direct contact with a wide spectrum of institutions and people who shape the community where we live and work.

The mission of the Leadership Ames programming is to develop leadership abilities and cultivate relationships to promote community involvement and advancement.

Class tuition is $1,000. Scholarships are available. We recommend working with your employer for tuition assistance as well.

If you have questions about Leadership Ames, contact Allee Wengert ( or call the Chamber office at 232-2310.

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