Leadership Now Conference

Leadership Now Conference LogoJoin us for the annual, Regional Leadership NOW Conference on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Bridge View Center (102 Church Street Ottumwa, IA 52501) from 8:45am - 4:00pm.

 Leadership Now Conference

Location and Directions

The Bridge View Center
102 Church St, Ottumwa, IA, 52501.

 Maps and Directions

Featured Keynote:
Secretary of State, Paul Pate

Closing Keynote:
Lauren Schieffer, CSP

Online Conference Registration

Please reserve your spot at the 2017 Leadership NOW Conference by clicking the button below.

Regular Ticket Rate : $79.00

Alumni Rate: $69.00

Student Rate: $39.00


Organizations purchasing 10 or more tickets by October 1st will be recognized by leadership levels in this year’s program.

  • BRONZE – 10 or more tickets ($50 savings)
  • SILVER – 15 or more tickets ($105 savings)
  • GOLD – 20 or more tickets ($200 savings)


Pre-Registration for the conference is REQUIRED. Please make sure to stop by the welcome table after check in and pick up your name tag and conference materials. A light breakfast will be available.

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 Redefining Leadership

The Leadership NOW Conference is focused on the importance of leadership in our rural region. The conference features a wide variety of speakers addressing topics relevant to anyone interested in using the power of positive leadership to advance southern Iowa.

The Leadership NOW Conference is a collaborative partnership between ActionCOACH Heartland, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa State Extension, and Ottumwa Leadership Academy. All of our organizations share a strong commitment to enhancing the communities we serve by providing quality leadership training.


Conference Schedule:

Check-in and Networking 8:15 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Welcome (Theater) 8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Secretary of State Paul Pate 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Break 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Session 1 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Networking Lunch (included with ticket price) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 2 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Break 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 3 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Break 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote: Lauren Schieffer, CSP 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session Offerings:

Breakout Session 1 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tom Rubel: Civility or the Lack of and it's Impact on the Workplace and Society (Panel Discussion)
Track: Special Interest Topic
David Drewelow: Three Secrets to Connecting
Track: Stepping Into Leadership
Callista Gould: Exceptional Leadership- How the Best Leaders Communicate Differently
Track: Executive Leadership
Breakout Session 2 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lauren Schieffer: Before it Comes to Blows! Managing Conflict
Track: Special Interest Topic
Rachel Thompson: Growth Mindset in Your Workplace 
Track: Stepping Into Leadership
Mark Fleig: Presence in the Life of a Leader
Track: Executive Leadership
Breakout Session 3 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Joel Pedersen: Culture is Contagious
Track: Special Interest Topic
David Birchmier: Leadership Lessons Learned - Attracting Success
Track: Stepping Into Leadership
Dr. Marlene Sprouse: Finding Patterns in Chaos
Track: Executive Leadership

Breakout Session Tracks explained:

Special Interest Topics: Topics that various types of leaders would be interested in.  Whether you are a leader in a company, community organization, or within a team - these topics provide a variety of insights for today's leader.

Stepping Into Leadership: Designed for new and emerging leaders, this track focuses on personal/professional development topics.

Executive Leadership: Designed for managers and leaders in organizations, this track is for the more experienced leader.


 The annual Regional Leadership NOW Conference is sponsored by:

ActionCOACH Heartland


ISU Extension

Iowa State University
Extension & Outreach

Ottumwa Leadership Academy

Ottumwa Leadership

Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community



moyer_profileAshley Moyer, Executive Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5227 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5227
Email: Ashley.Moyer@indianhills.edu