Excellence in Leadership for Non-Profits

Applications will be accepted from May 2, 2022, through June 27, 2022.

Time to Lead - September 1 & September 29, 2022

Excellence in Leadership for Non-Profits is a leadership program being offered by Interstates at our Sioux Center, IA location. It is geared for non-profit leaders who desire to build and/or enhance their leadership skills. We realize there are many leadership conferences you could choose to attend. We invite you to learn from our team in a small group setting as our way of giving back to the communities that we serve.

We will share openly from our teams' experience the strategies, resources, and tools we have developed over the years that have made a significant impact on the growth of our people both as leaders and individuals on their teams.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect.

Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials

Start with working through skills that make a difference.



Focus on giving and receiving feedback and leaning into tough conversations.

Individual Growth

Individual Growth

Dedicated time for personal goal setting and reflecting on your personality and how it impacts your leadership style.

Session Topics

Building from our own internal Excellence in Leadership program, we're planning a number of topics including:

Day 1 - September 1, 2022

8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Interstates - Sioux Center, IA | B538

Leadership Essentials

In Leadership Essentials, we dig into Leadership vs. Management. Both are important but understanding when each is necessary is key to being an outstanding leader.

DISC Download*

Learn about yourself, how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems.  This session will focus on how you can leverage the information from your personal DISC assessment to develop stronger relationships.

Lunch Breakout

Lunch will be provided


Time to network with peers is integral to personal and professional growth. This will be an opportunity to learn from one another.

Psychological Safety 

Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes. We'll discuss this key component to leading your team well and encouraging idea generation. 

Personal Goal Setting 

Using the SMART goal format, set goals for yourself to apply the topics discussed in Session One. 

*Participants will be invited to complete a DISC assessment prior to the event. Results from your assessment will be shared with you during the DISC Download session. Information and invitation to complete the assessment will follow closer to the event.

Day 2 - September 29, 2022

8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Interstates - Sioux Center, IA | B538

Giving and Receiving Feedback 

Feedback is a key component to great leadership. Learn about developing trusting feedback relationships to assist, support, confront, and encourage team members.

Issue Processing

Some topics need team discussion to get moving in the right direction. Learn about different issue processing models to help yourself get traction.

Lunch / Networking Breakout

Lunch will be provided

Tough Conversations and Corrective Feedback

Learn what the conversation ‘sweet spot’ is and how to get there when confronted with a tough conversation. Delivering corrective feedback is very different than giving/receiving general feedback. We’ll discuss how to navigate these difficult conversations while respecting the working relationship.

Presentation to a classroom

Event Participation

We aim to keep the session smaller in size to encourage interaction and idea exchange between attendees. Multiple people from the same organization can certainly apply to attend, but we will ask that attendance be limited to two individuals per organization.


Applications will be accepted from May 2, 2022, through June 27, 2022.

Selected attendees will be notified by email on July 1, 2022.