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Leadership Program

Not every manager is a leader and not every leader is a manager. A good association executive or staff person can be both—with the right training.

That’s where the ISAE Leadership Program comes into the equation.  The ISAE Leadership Program is comprised of six strategic one-day programs over a six month period designed to instill in you the necessary qualities to not only provide stability to your organization, but also giving you confidence that instills trust in others so they choose to follow your leadership.

The program is offered every other year. The next time this class will be offered is in the Fall of 2020. The 2020/2021 class will typically be held monthly from October - March.  


  ISAE 2020/21 Leadership Class Nomination/Registration applications ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

Registration Deadline is September 1, 2020.  Applicants are typically notified of approvals by September 15th. 

Online Registration Now OPEN!

Deadline for application: SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Interested in signing up for this great opportunity to learn more about the Association world from other experts in the field?  
The leadership class application form will be available online until September 1, 2020 for interested applicants to submit for the 2020 – 2021 ISAE Leadership Class. Nominations for the class should be reviewed and approved by September 15, 2020. 
This ISAE program is only offered every other year so plan to take advantage of this opportunity. The program will be offered next in 2022-23.
The Program Topics Cover:

Governance and Leadership: governance structures, leadership techniques, strategic planning, ethics and diversity.
Finance, Legal and Risk Management: business planning, finance, fraud identification, insurance, legal and risk management and PCI compliance.
Knowledge Management, Meetings and Foundations: research, affiliate programs, meetings and events, facility management, certification and accredited programs, and foundations.
Membership, Board and Volunteer Development: component relations, membership recruitment/engagement/retention, volunteer management, human resources, engaging in and encouraging diversity.
Public Policy and Government Relations: legislative process and rule-making, issue development, working with lobbyists, coalition building, PACs and reporting requirements, and a tour of the State Capitol.
Communications and Technology: branding, marketing, communications including media, newsletters and websites, PR campaigns, and technology trends.

Click Here for a printable copy of the 2020-21 Leadership Class program schedule and details.


Click Here for a printable copy of the 2020-21 Leadership Class Schedule only.

The current fee for the ISAE Leadership program is $395/member and $525/non-members.
(non-member fee includes one-year membership)

Fees include course materials and lunch. Each session is held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. See schedule for dates and locations.

You must register for all 6 classes. Because participation and attendance is vital to your success, we want to emphasize that participants are not allowed to miss more than eight hours of class.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact ISAE office at or 515-284-7055.

The deadline to return your application is September 15, 2020. To submit your application, individuals must complete the online Leadership Class registration form located at, under the Calendar tab, when it is available. Attendees will be notified of their acceptance in the program by September 15, 2020.




Rachel Bennett, Iowa State Association of Counties

Maggie Feldmann, Iowa Bankers Association

Brad Hartkopf, Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Tom Healy, Association of Boards of Certification

Kristen Koenig, Iowa State Center

Mackenzie Nading, Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association

Matthew Pitlick, Iowa Pharmacy Association

Randy Robinson, Iowa Turfgrass Institute

David Schaaf, Iowa Pharmacy Association

Andrew Standley, Diversified Management Services

Janelle Stevens, Iowa Motor Truck Association

Molly Stormer, Diversified Management Services

Monica Stutzman, ISAE/ Association and Legislative Resources

These graduates were recognized for their accomplishments during the 
ISAE Annual Meeting held on April 29, 2019.

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Standley, Mackenzie Nading, Matthew Pitlick, Maggie Feldmann, Kristen Koenig, Brad Hartkopf, Molly Stormer, Janelle Stevens, Tom Healy, Randy Robinson, Monica Stutzman, David Schaaf.  Missing from photo: Rachel Bennett


 Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa

 Tiffany Conrad, Catch Des Moines

Sarah Cronk, Association of Boards of Certification

Michelle Dekker, Iowa Medical Society

Sarah Derr, Iowa Pharmacy Association

Carrie Kelly, Iowa Soybean Association

Sheena Kennedy, Conference Event Management

Tim O’Meara, Independent Insurance Agents Association

Kailah Schmitz, Association Management, Ltd.

Jennifer Snider, Smith Bucklin Corporation

Sunni Swarbrick, Diversified Management Services


These graduates were recognized for their accomplishments during the
ISAE Annual Meeting held on April 24, 2017.

Pictured from left to right: Sunni Swarbrick, Carrie Kelly, Sarah Cronk, Sarah Derr,
Sheena Kennedy, Tiffany Conrad, Michelle Dekker, Tom O'Meara, Kailah Schmitz & Jennifer Snider

the 2014/2015 Leadership Class Graduates!

Amber Angaran, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau

Daniel Evans, Iowa Utility Association

Jen Feeney, International Association for Food Protection

Megan Kincy, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa

Laura Miller, Iowa Pharmacy Association

Chrissy Rhodes, Soil and Water Conservation Society

Maggie Rice, Iowa Nurses Association

Amy Spike, American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter

Jennifer Stephenson, Iowa Chiropractic Society

Logan Vaughan, IA-IL Safety Council

Carina Woodward, Okoboji Tourism Committee



Pictured from left to right: Logan Vaughan, Amy Spike, Maggie Rice,
Laura Miller, Megan Kincy, Jen Feeney and Daniel Evans


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