Ames Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Ames

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.

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


Leadership Ames Class 32, Diversity Day

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.


Previous topics have included:

  • City of Ames – Tour City Hall and meet with elected officials to get a “behind the scenes” look at local government and the many programs available to the community.
  • Community Schools – Visit different schools from preschool to DMACC to learn how they are preparing students for the future.
  • Non-Profit Organizations – Experience a poverty simulation and speak with area organizations like United Way, Octagon Center for the Arts, and Youth and Shelter Services.
  • Business & Industry – Explore the variety of industries in your backyard by touring different companies and speaking with panels.
  • Leadership Development – Widen your professional and interpersonal skills through facilitated teambuilding and leadership development activities.

Other sessions have included county & state government, healthcare & wellness, inclusion symposiums, agriculture, and economic development. In addition to the day sessions, class members also complete a group service project of their choosing.

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

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