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iLEAD is designed to support Iowa’s tourism professionals with the growth in their leadership skills and network with other tourism professionals all while becoming motivated and rejuvenated. The sessions will advance both a veteran of the industry and a newcomer. This one and a half day event is limited to no more than 40 participants.

Venue: The Cardiff Center at Fort Frenzy
Fort Dodge, Iowa

A photographer will be on site to provide complimentary professional headshots for attendees. This is a $99 value. There are only 15 spots available, so secure your spot quickly before they all fill up. Photo sessions area available during breakfast, breaks, and free time so participants won’t miss out on any of the awesome leadership content.

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Event Schedule: 

  • Wednesday, February 22¬†(optional)
    5:30 – 8 PM – networking & dinner: Shiny Top Brewing (costs on own for participant)
  • Thursday, February 23
    8 – 8:45 AM – Registration & Breakfast
    8:45 – 9 AM – Welcome & Introductions
    9 – 10:30 AM – Gallup Strength Finders (Julie Thorson)
    10:45 – 11:45 AM – Leading Through Crisis: mental health & empathetic listening (Lisa Schaefer)
    12 – 12:45 PM – Lunch
    12:45 – 1:45 PM – Handing Over the Reigns: Demystifying the Succession Planning Process (Richard J. Bryan)
    2 – 3 PM – Partnership and Collaboration Leads into Fundraising (Carla Eysink)
    3:15 – 4:15 PM – Link to Learning Conversation
    5:30 – 9 PM – Offsite Dinner & Group Activity: dinner and wine tasting at Soldier Creek Winery (included in registration)
  • Friday, February 24
    8 – 8:45 AM – Breakfast & Networking
    8:45 – 9 AM – Welcome
    9 – 10:30 AM –¬†Education Session
    10:45- 11:45 AM – F Your Shoulds (Jill Anderson)
    12 – 12:45 PM – Lunch & Closing: group photo

Registration:

The registration cost includes participation in all speakers, Thursday, February 23 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), Friday, February 24 meals (breakfast, lunch), attendee gifts, and the option to receive a free professional headshot (valued at $99).

  • $175 for iTIP Members
  • $225 for non-members

Hotel Block:

  • Brookstone Inn & Suites, Fort Dodge
    group rate: $109 + taxes & fees – call the hotel at 515-206-1591 & reference Iowa Travel Industry Partners to secure your room

 

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