Exciting New Leadership Event Planned


The first annual Leadership Now Conference has been scheduled for November 1, 2013 at the Rural Health Education Center, Indian Hills Community College.

Leadership Now is the first annual conference focused on the importance of leadership in our rural region. A joint effort between ActionCOACH Heartland, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa State University Extension, and the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, this conference is open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about leadership.

The planning committee is happy to announce that James Autry, author, consultant, and retired Fortune 500 Executive will be this year’s keynote speaker. His book, Love and Profit, The Art of Caring Leadership, won the prestigious Johnson, Smith and Kinsley Award as the book which contributed the most to executive thinking in 1992.

Before taking early retirement in 1991 to pursue his present career, Autry was Senior Vice President of The Meredith Corporation and President of its Magazine Group.  At the time of his retirement, Autry was regarded as one of the most successful and respected magazine publishing executives in America.

Autry lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, recently retired Lieutenant Governor of Iowa Sally Pederson.

Click here for a printable brochure.


8:15 – Doors open
(Pre-registration for the conference is required, but please stop by the welcome table
and pick up your nametag and conference materials. Coffee, juice and water will be

9:00 – 9:10 – Welcome

9:10 – 10:00 – Keynote Presentation
James Autry, Author, Consultant, and Retired Fortune 500 Executive

10:00 – 10:45 – Why Leadership? (Panel Discussion)
Panel Members: Andy Hansen, Plant Manager of John Deere Ottumwa Works
Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield
Dr. Marlene Sprouse, President of Indian Hills Community College

10:45 – 11:00 – Break

11:00 – 11:45 – Breakout

  • Leading Organizational Change
    Joel Pedersen, Superintendent of Cardinal Community Schools


  • Engaging & Keeping Young Leaders (Panel Discussion)
    Panelists: Schulyer Black, Music/Programming at KLEE/TOM-FM
    Dr. Michelle Burgmeier, Veterinarian & Owner of The Village Vet
    Kevin Graham, Plant Controller at Cargill Meat Solutions
    Heather Ware, Director of Market on Main


  • Leadership in Government
    Dr. Jeff Schott, University of Iowa

11:45 – 12:45 – Lunch (included with ticket purchase)

12: 45 – 1:30 – Breakout

  • 3 Keys to Connecting as Leaders
    David Drewelow, ActionCOACH Heartland


  • Cambridge: A Leadership Development Case Study
    Kara Waugh, Associate Director, Education and Events, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.


  • Non-Profit Board Governance (Part 1)
    Brad Little, CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation

1:30 – 1:45 – Break

1:45 – 2:30 – Breakout

  • The Secret of Leadership is Influence
    David Drewelow, ActionCOACH Heartland
  • Key Knowledge for Leaders: Economic Trends in Region 15
    Dave Swenson, Economist at Iowa State University


  • Non-Profit Board Governance (Part 2)
    Brad Little, CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation


2:45 – 3:00 – Closing

Register Now

You can purchase tickets for Leadership Now by visiting www.leadershipnow.net

Regular price tickets for Leadership Now are $49.

If you are an alumnus of any of the sponsoring organizations’ leadership programs, you may purchase a ticket at the special alumni price of $39. Please email Hollie Tometich at htometich@leadottumwa.org  to receive the alumni discount code.

You are also eligible to purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $39 if your organization would like to purchase 10 or more. Visit our registration site (listed above) for this option.

If you would prefer to be invoiced, or have other questions about Leadership Now, please contact Ashley Moyer at ashley.moyer@indianhills.edu or 641-683-5227.