2016 Midwest Regional Conference - Event Details

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2016 Midwest Regional Conference

June 16–17, 2016
Des Moines, IA

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute did such a great job hosting the regional conference in Des Moines, IA. Everything from the welcome reception, town tour and the keynote luncheon were well attended.

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Shane Lopez, Ph.D - Topic: Leading with Hope

Luncheon Keynote Speaker Details

Shane Lopez, Ph.D
Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is co-author of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth Strengths Explorer.

TOPIC: Leading with Hope
Followers need hope. The last century of scholarly works on leadership conveyed in three words. Whether you are following a teacher who is showing you how to solve a problem, your boss who is trying to win a company-saving contract, or your preacher who is working to strengthen your community, you need hope.

Stories of a humble CEO, a larger than life mayor, and a doctor who takes care of dying children demonstrate how leaders spread hope and motivate followers to use these three tactics:

  • Create and sustain excitement about the future.
  • Knock down existing obstacles to goals and don’t put up new ones.
  • Reestablish goals – re-goal – when the circumstances demand it.

Leaders don’t necessarily have the budget or staffing they need or want, but they do have infinite resources — hopeful thinking — in every one of their followers. Followers look to leaders to capitalize on the spirit and ideas of the times, to dream big, and to motivate them toward a meaningful future. Followers that get their needs met by hopeful leaders will get things done for years to come.


Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world's leading researcher on hope. His mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. Dr. Lopez is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer. He is also the author of, Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want in Business and Life, which details how hope can be learned and spread to others.

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker

Jeff Kluever - Topic: Civility and Community

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker Details

Jeff Kluever is the Assistant Director, Programs for The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Jeff graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and his Initial Teaching License. After teaching and coaching at the high school level for several years, Jeff accepted a coaching position with the Wartburg College football team. He then served as a Graduate Assistant football coach at Carroll University in Wisconsin, while also earning a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Jeff then worked as the Executive Director of the Allen County Historical Society in Iola, Kansas for two and half years before accepting a position as the Education Supervisor at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia. He and his wife returned to Iowa in 2015.

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