Cedar Valley Leadership Institute


Cedar Valley Leadership Institute

Cedar Valley Leadership Institute is designed to foster community awareness while developing individual leadership skills, giving leaders a broader view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities here in the Cedar Valley.

What to Expect - Program Highlights, & Benefits

This is an opportunity for current and emerging leaders to engage with the business community while developing leadership skills, linking with a mentor, and interacting with exemplary leaders.

  • Listen to and meet Cedar Valley leaders
  • Tour Cedar Valley facilities
  • Complete a group community impact project
  • Grow your network by meeting other professionals in the area
  • Classes meet the first Wednesday of each month (October - May) from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 
  • Students need to complete 80% of classes to graduate
  • Your organization/business must be an investor of Grow Cedar Valley

Registration - Download the application here

*early registration is recommended as class size is limited to 40 participants


  • $1,950 - paid prior to the first session and is non-refundable. 
  • Covers all meals and snacks, materials, books, online assessments, travel, and other expenses associated with the program.


  • Registration for the 2023-2024 class opening July 14, 2023.

For more information and to register, contact Cary Darrah or download the application here

Read about the Red Team partnering with L.O.S.T >

"I was humbled and learned a LOT more than I expected from this program. There were several takeaways that might seem intuitive, but it's totally different hearing firsthand experiences from actual leaders and managers...In all, I originally thought the program was simply meant to pump people up who wanted to be leaders, but I learned that "leadership" is an actual thing and it takes thoughtfulness, attentiveness, and an interest in improving processes and relationships. I feel like this program took me down a notch (in a good way) and helped set me up to be a much better leader than I probably would have been. I also have a much greater appreciation for other professions now. Lots of lessons learned. I would love a refresher course someday. Definitely recommend!"  

- Class of 2019-20 Participant

CVLI Previous Participants 

2021-22 Class

2019-2020 Class

2018-2019 Class