Troy Van Beek (MUM BS in Sustainable Living 2010) founder and CEO of Ideal Energy in Fairfield, Iowa is a participant in the 2016-2017 Leadership Iowa program. He is one of 40 top leaders from around the state of Iowa selected for Leadership Iowa.

Steve Langerud, deputy director of global development at MUM, served as the facilitator of the opening retreat for Leadership Iowa held October 12-14 in Red Oak, Iowa. Langerud is a workplace culture consultant and volunteer for ABI Foundation programs.

Leadership Iowa is a premier issues-awareness program promoting leadership within the state. Sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation (ABI) educate, challenge and inspire our participants to bring out their inherent quality to “point the way.” The ultimate goal is to instill passion in our current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement.

Since its inception in 1982, Leadership Iowa has graduated hundreds of men and women from both the private and public sector. This diverse group of alumni represents every geographical region of the state and virtually all walks of life.

A real “eye-opener,” Leadership Iowa gives its participants a full-spectrum vision of the state. A new perspective on its people, its needs and, most importantly, its opportunities.

Leadership Iowa provides participants with a wide range of experiences and insights that focus on the issues and challenges facing Iowa. Through this enhancement of awareness, the program equips leaders to better appreciate and understand the condition of the entire state. What’s more, those selected for the program build a “network” with fellow participants that reaches across geographic, professional and economic lines. This network is personally enriching far beyond the program year.