Cedar Valley Leadership Institute


Cedar Valley Leadership Institute

Due to COVID-19, Grow Cedar Valley has made the decision to cancel the 2020-21 Cedar Valley Leadership Institute (CVLI).

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

Due to COVID-19, planning of sessions will follow CDC guidelines and and effort will be made to have a hybrid model of online & in-person opportunities. 


*early registration is recommended as class size is limited


  • $1,500 - 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.


  1. Fill out 2020-21 CVLI Packet
    1. Email it to:
    2. Mail to: 360 Westfield Ave, Ste. 200 Waterloo, IA 50701
  2. Fill out the online application
  3. Registration deadline is Friday, August 21, 2020.

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 

2019-2020 Class

2018-2019 Class