Community Leadership Program

Connect with a cohort of people who are passionate about building the greater Iowa City area.

CLP - group cohort photo

Community Leadership Program

Community Leadership Program

Greater Iowa City, Inc.’s premier leadership program was created in 1990 to foster informed, well-equipped, invested leaders. Through the program’s life, more than 700 current and future leaders have gained insight into the issues, opportunities, strengths and challenges within our community. CLP is a year-long program, including 11 sessions on the various sectors of our community. Applications open each spring. For questions regarding CLP, contact Mackenzie DeRoo at

Applications for the 2024-2025 CLP cohort are open!

Application Deadline: June 28, 2024 at 5:00pm

Tuition: $2,500

2024-2025 Schedule

CLP is programmed by volunteers from across the community who use their experience and connections to create a truly unique program. CLP participants are provided access to people and places they wouldn’t otherwise have, allowing them to personally engage with area leaders and learn more about what’s currently happening in our community.


Hover over the photos below to view examples of what each session has included in previous years. Each year is distinct and specific programming may vary.

Legacy of CLP + overview of upcoming year and opportunity to socialize with cohort and CLP alumni/volunteers.


August 22, 2024

5:30 – 7:30pm

History of Iowa City, panel discussion with CLP alumni, and introduction to community sectors and program topics.

Community and Place

September 13, 2024

Leadership style assessment + analysis, team building activities, and facilitated discussion of personal experiences that influence leadership approach.

Retreat and Team-Building Weekend

October 6 – October 7, 2024

Tour of the airport + discussion of its impact on the economy and panel discussions about regionalism and inclusive economic development.

Economic Development

November 8, 2024

Panel discussion with local elected leaders, tours of important infrastructure buildings, and group activity to build a city budget.


December 13, 2024

Tours of local nonprofit organizations, discussion with nonprofit leaders about grants and future of philanthropy, and instruction on how to be a good board member.


January 10, 2025

Sneak peek tours of soon-to-be opened schools, conversation with ICCSD superintendent, and opportunity to observe high school class.


February 14, 2025

Tours of UIHC and VA Hospital and other health sites, presentation on community health needs by public health experts, and panel discussion with health care leaders.

Health Care

March 7, 2025

Backstage tour of Hancher Auditorium + other arts venues, improv workshop to practice performance skills, and discussion with local artists.

Arts & Culture

April 11, 2025

Visit to a working farm + overview of modern farming practices and discussion of agritourism and its economic impact.

Agriculture & Environment

May 9, 2025

Community service activity, group project presentation, and celebration with family and CLP alumni.

Wrap-Up & Graduation

June 13, 2025

The Impact of CLP