Excellence in Leadership for Non-Profits

2021 applications are closed. Check back later for 2022 dates and application information.

Time to Lead

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, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:00 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

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. 

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. 

Tough Conversations 

Learn what the 'sweet spot' is and how to get there when confronted with a tough conversation.  

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, 2021 | 8:00 am - Noon | Interstates - Sioux Center, IA | B538

Corrective Feedback 

Delivering Corrective Feedback is different than giving and receiving feedback. We'll discuss how to navigate these difficult conversations while respecting the working relationship. 

Personal Progress Progression and Discussion

This will be an opportunity for you to share what has gone well and what you have learned in applying the Session One topics. We'll share, celebrate wins and coach each other.

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.

Presentation to a classroom

Event Participation

We aim to keep the session smaller in size to encourage interaction and idea exchange between attendees. We ask that attendance be limited to two individuals per organization.


Registration will close July 30th.

Ready to Sign-up?

Great, we need just a few details. We will use your contact information to follow up as the event approaches. You can also expect an invitation to complete a DISC assessment a few weeks prior to the event.

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