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World-renowned leaders to be featured in Leadercast Cedar Valley

Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast Cedar Valley® at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls on May 8, 2015.  The all-day event is being hosted by the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber.

The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA to hundreds of sites around the world, including the Cedar Valley. This year’s speaker lineup includes:

Andy Stanley – Leadership author and communicator

  • Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Laureate; Founder, The Malala Fund
  • Ed Catmull – President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios
  • Seth Godin – Best-selling Author
  • Rudy Giuliani – 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
  • Aja Brown – Mayor, City of Compton
  • Bill McDermott – CEO of SAP AG
  • CMDR Rorke Denver – Navy SEAL Commander & Author
  • Bill & Giuliana Rancic – Award-Winning Personalities & Co-Hosts of Leadercast
  • And more!

Last year, over 130,000 leaders from 35 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 16th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

“Leadership development is a key imperative to building a quality workforce and community leaders.  Leadercast is one of those events that we’ve heard a lot of great things about and features some of the most outstanding leaders in their areas.” said Steve Dust, CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber “This is an exceptional opportunity not only for our current business leaders, but also for that group of emerging leaders and young professionals.”

Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme—The Brave Ones — challenges leaders to lead with a sense of Bravery, possessing a posture of unrelenting boldness. Bring your friends or team members to experience Leadercast and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

For more information about Leadercast, visit www.leadercast.com.  For local ticketing information, call (319) 232-1156 or visit www.cedarvalleyalliance.com.

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a regional economic and community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and surrounding economic region. The Alliance & Chamber has approximately 750 members that represents over 40,000 employees.




Alliance & Chamber Launches New Website to Showcase Leadership in Cedar Valley Schools

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, leadervalley.org. This new resource features the Leader in Me initiative that is transforming leadership cultures in Cedar Valley schools.  The Leader in Me is a whole school education transformation process that teaches leadership principles to students in K-12 schools and embeds leadership as a core within their school culture. Leader in Me was developed by corporate and personal leadership trainer Franklin-Covey.

The site and a series of new videos, created in partnership with Mudd Advertising, highlight Cedar Valley students, business leaders, and educators and the impact of Leader in Me in Cedar Valley schools.

Business leaders will see how Leader in Me is investing in tomorrow’s workforce and helping to build a stronger pool of talent.  Examples of how 21st century soft skills are being infused into the school culture are detailed on the site, as well as demonstrations of how authentic leadership opportunities are preparing students to be effective in college, career, and citizenship.

Statistics demonstrating the impact Leader in Me is having in the Cedar Valley is an important component of the site, along with an events calendar, latest news, and testimonials from educators and community leaders. There are also valuable resources for educators, information for parents and community members, and pages that include student leadership projects and stories.

“This new website really is a showcase of the Leader the Me in the Cedar Valley. It is the one place you can see all the exciting things taking place in all of our schools. The amazing student leaders are really the highlight of the site,” says Melissa Reade, Leader Valley Program Director. “We believe that once you go to the site, you will understand the significant role Leader in Me has in the future of the Cedar Valley.”

The Leader Valley talent initiative, born out of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber’s priority to develop a strong workforce has been formed to expand the reach of leadership and 21st Century skill and leadership development opportunities to all students in the Cedar Valley. The Leader in Me is the primary focus of Leader Valley. For more information, visit the new website at www.leadervalley.org or contact Melissa Reade at (319)232-1156 or mreade@cedarvalleyalliance.com.

Young Professional Graduate from Cedar Valley Leadership Institute with Stronger Ties to the Community

Cedar Valley of Iowa (June 10, 2014) – The 2013/2014 Cedar Valley Leadership Institute (CVLI) of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber concluded it sessions with a graduation reception at Park Place Event Center on May 28th. Employers, family and Alliance & Chamber staff and board members were on hand to congratulate the 27 graduates.

Cary Darrah, Vice President Community Development of the Alliance & Chamber reflected on the highlights of the year by saying, “This is a dynamic class of emerging leaders for the Cedar Valley. Their leadership qualities go beyond their professional commitments and will be a huge asset to our community.”

“The CVLI program is designed to produce leaders for the advancement of the Cedar Valley. The graduates are making the Cedar Valley a better place to do business and build a career by engaging in volunteer community projects or organization opportunities, and by encouraging others through their experience,” noted Steve Dust, CEO of the Alliance & Chamber. “I would also like to thank the employers/sponsors of this year’s class for investing in the leadership development of their team, as well as the future of the Cedar Valley.”

“CVLI provided an avenue un-like any other that I have traveled down before,” says Patrick Smith a graduate of the institute and Vice President, Institutional Sales at First National Bank, Cedar Falls, “It was more than just an opportunity to network with other professionals; by the end of the class we all built relationships that will extend well beyond the last nine months in the CVLI program.  I personally look forward to working along-side these talented, highly-thought of leaders, as we all grow with the Cedar Valley.”

Members of the class included:

Joshua  Anderson            John Deere Engine Works

Bethany Benner                Next Generation Wireless/Jiva Salonspa

Randy   Bennett                  City of Cedar Falls

David     Betz                       John Deere

Sarah     Bey                        UNI Regional Business Center

Nate      Clapham              UNI Foundation

David     Hansen                 Advanced Systems

Dale       Hartz                     UNI Career Services

Drew     Hektoen                John Deere Waterloo Works

Tina        Hummel               MidWest One Bank

Lisa         Johnson               John Deere Waterloo Works

Amy       Kay                         City of Cedar Falls Engineering

Heidi      Kenkel                  John Deere Waterloo Works

Kaara     Latusick                VGM Group

Kelly      Mangrich             Veridian Credit Union

Kristina Mehmen             Invision Architecture

Joshua  Moon                    Dutton, Braun, Staack, & Hellman

Tara       Sagers                   PDCM Insurance

Adam    Schaefer              US Bank

Patrick  Smith                    First National Bank

Steve    Skram                   Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson

Nathan Vandegrift          John Deere Engine Works

Matt      Waller                   VGM Homelink

Cindy     Wiles                     Western Home Communities

Amy       Williams               Lincoln Savings Bank

Harley   Wilson                  CBE Companies, Inc.

Megan  Zuniga                   John Deere Waterloo Operations

Registration for the 2014/2015 CVLI will begin July 1.  Cost of the institute is $795.00 and is limited to Alliance & Chamber investor companies and organizations.

More information can be found at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com  or by contacting Cary Darrah by calling (319)232-1156 or email cdarrah@cedarvalleyalliance.com.



Be part of something greater - The Cedar Valley of Iowa

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a regional economic community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and surrounding economic region. The Alliance & Chamber has approximately 800 members that represents over 40,000 employees