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West Des Moines Leadership Academy announces 2023-24 class


The West Des Moines Leadership Academy, a West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce program, announced the 37 members of the 2023-24 class. They will take part in a nine-month program that is intended to guide emerging leaders on a path to leadership effectiveness through experiential learning, critical thinking and a community impact project. “Once again, we have a strong curriculum for this year’s class,” Ashley Charnetski, advisory council chair, said in a news release. “Our program is a flow from inside reflection to outside action with relationships as a constant backdrop.” Three members of the class received full-ride scholarships provided by American Equity through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workplace Excellence Awards; West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce through the Black and Brown Business Summit pitch competition; and the West Des Moines Chamber’s West YP program. The chamber also awarded three partial tuition scholarships. For a full list of the members selected for the leadership academy, click here.

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