Melissa Schwan, Director of Vinton Unlimited is a graduate of the Iowa Tourism Leadership Institute held April 12 & 13 at The Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA. The institute provides Iowa tourism professionals an opportunity to expand their leadership knowledge and skills.
Institute attendees included nineteen first-year graduates, four graduates who returned for a second year of training, and four returning for a third year. Industry members apply to attend the Institute and as part of the application process must demonstrate their involvement in the tourism industry and leadership qualities.
Curriculum for the Institute includes core courses in developing your leadership influence, marketing and branding, building effective board/staff partnerships, collaboration and strategic alliances, negotiation skills, and leading in times of change. Electives featured sessions in working with volunteers, running effective meetings, best practices and local tourism case studies, facilitation, legal issues, and grant writing. Speakers for the Institute are professionals with expertise in leadership and various disciplines related to tourism.
The Leadership Institute is a statewide partnership coordinated by the Central Iowa Tourism Region and the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association with funding from the Iowa Tourism Office. “Attendees came from across the state and we were pleased to provide an outstanding professional development and networking opportunity to existing and emerging leaders within the tourism industry,” said Ann Vogelbacher, Executive Director of the Central Iowa Tourism Region. “This partnership provided a platform for learning and comradery. The participants and presenters were able to interact on various topics and build long lasting relationships with their statewide peers,” noted Carrie Koelker, Executive Director of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association.
If you would like more information about the Iowa Tourism Leadership Institute contact Ann Vogelbacher, Central Iowa Tourism Region at 800-285-5842 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie Koelker, Eastern Iowa Tourism Association at 800-891-3482 or email@example.com.