Iowa Technology Leadership Institute

Developing Tomorrow’s Iowa Technology Leaders

Developing Tomorrow’s Iowa Tech Leaders: The Iowa Technology Leadership Institute helps develop and guide the next generation of Iowa technology leaders by focusing on the crucial non-technical aspects of leadership. Participants will gain unique insights into strategic business planning, emerging technology strategies, and organizational development. Enhance your executive presence and expand your professional network by connecting with experienced industry leaders and peers. This unique platform prepares you to navigate and lead within the ever-evolving tech landscape, fostering your growth into a future Iowa tech leader. Join us to propel your leadership journey forward.

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Program Overview

Delve into the unique structure of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute. The program is structured to provide immersive learning experiences that sharpen leadership skills and expand professional networks. Below is an outline of the key components of the curriculum, crafted to transform seasoned tech professionals into visionary leaders.

Program HighLights



Discover the real-world impact of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute through the voices of our alumni. These video testimonials highlight their personal experiences and the transformative effects the program has had on their careers. Watch as they share insights into how the institute helped them grow into influential technology leaders.


Mark your calendar for the key dates of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute. These sessions are critical milestones within the program.

The program will take place monthly from January to June across the state of Iowa. Locations may include Central Iowa (Des Moines/Ames), Eastern Iowa (Iowa City/Cedar Rapids), Cedar Falls/Waterloo, and/or Western Iowa.

**Dates/Locations subject to change

Meet Your Executive-in-Residence

Benefit from the extensive expertise of our Executive-in-Residence, Don Whitt, a seasoned leader in the technology sector.  <Brief overview of Don’s bio/experience>

Don will steer our sessions, providing specialized knowledge and strategic insights to elevate your leadership capabilities.


Tuition for the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute is $3,500 for TAI members and $4,000 for non-members.

Tuition includes all session programming, coursework, and meals, including one dinner or happy hour during each session. Registration to TAI’s Legislative Event and Iowa Technology Summit are also included. Participants are responsible for all travel and any lodging expenses.

Tuition must be paid in full by November 29, 2024.

All applicants will be notified of their selection status by early October 2024.

The cohort will include 25 participants.

Yes, more than one person from a company may apply to participate in the same cohort.

The program is open to all professionals in the Iowa technology industry looking to broaden their understanding and level of influence, intending to advance into a leadership position. Content and conversations will be from a technical lens and speakers will primarily have a technical background.

The goal is to have a cohort with a diverse set and years of experience. The average minimum is 10-15 years of experience, with many cohort members having 20-30+ years of experience. Preferred candidates possess several years of direct leadership experience.

Eight or fewer years of experience? Consider applying for Iowa Tech Connect.

All applications are reviewed based on several criteria, including leadership potential, community engagement, and evaluated through an extensive selection process by a sub-committee.

Attendance is mandatory at all six sessions, the opening dinner, the graduation reception and the two TAI signature events, Legislative Reception and Iowa Technology Summit. In addition, participants will be expected to take part in informal engagement activities between sessions.

In-person attendance at all sessions is required. Hybrid or virtual options are not planned.


Questions? Please contact Mollie Ross, TAI VP of Operations, at


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