Higher Education Partnerships

A valuable partnership with two Cedar Valley higher education institutions has been established to nurture the leadership work in our Pre-K-12 schools. The University of Northern Iowa and Hawkeye Community College prepare our future educators in their respective teacher-preparation programs. Both institutions are instrumental in helping our future teachers understand and apply The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Leader in Me, through infusion into course content, but also through supplemental workshops.

As of spring 2014, 250 pre-service teachers have been trained through workshops in the 7 Habits and Leader in Me.

Additionally, the partnership has spawned a wonderful renewal opportunity for educators in local  Leader in Me schools. Each summer, a three-day 7 Habits retreat is held at Hawkeye Community College, in which educators can earn graduate credit from the University of Northern Iowa and renew their passion for the 7 Habits and Leader in Me.

Several instructors and professors from both institutions also are certified 7 Habits facilitators. They provide a valuable resource and co-facilitate 7 Habits sessions for our schools implementing Leader in Me.

Business Partnerships

Cedar Valley businesses also support the leadership work in our Pre-K-12 schools in a variety of ways. These area businesses are eager to be play an active role in improving our schools, because they firmly believe that Leader in Me is a long-term investment into their future talent pool.

Many business representatives volunteer their time to share their own gifts and talents with Leader in Me students, especially as students apply and accept leadership roles that require certain skill sets. Others volunteer their time in schools with specific projects or attend community leadership events.

We also have students visit various work sites to understand the real world implication of the valuable skills they are learning or to provide presentations to the employees of companies. Other significant contributions by businesses are financial in nature, which helps to support the implementation and materials needed by Leader in Me schools.

Area Education Agency 267

Area Education Agency 267 is an Awareness Partner for the Leader in Me Symposium. Area Education Agency 267 supports educators, parents, and the communities by working together toward one ultimate goal–to improve student learning. Area Education Agency 267 provides support in the areas of quality instructional materials, curriculum planning, best practices in teaching and learning, safe and caring learning environment, appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, technology planning, professional learning, assessment, special education, leadership development, and more.

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The Black Hawk County Gaming Association is a corporation that holds and maintains a license to conduct gambling games in accordance with the Iowa Excursion Boat Gambling Act. The Black Hawk County Gaming Association benefits the Cedar Valley by providing property tax relief to cities and counties, funding capital improvements, and making charitable contributions. The Black Hawk County Gaming Association funds programs, projects and activities for organizations and communities in seven Iowa counties.

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CBE Companies

CBE Companies has been a generous sponsor of Leader in Me across the Cedar Valley and is also an Awareness Partner for the Leader in Me Symposium. CBE Companies is a global business process outsourcing (BPO) organization and is the parent company of CBE Group, CBE Customer Solutions, and Argent Account Acquisitions. CBE Companies is supported by a leadership team of tenured industry experts. CBE Companies currently employs over 1,200 people in six locations globally. Its corporate headquarters is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with additional facilities in Waterloo, Iowa; Overland Park, Kansas; Haverhill, Massachusetts and Manila, Philippines. The organization is consistently recognized as a top five Employer of Choice in the Cedar Valley.  Tom Penalua, CEO of CBE Companies has also been recognized for his leadership in creating and strengthening regional collaboration and cooperation for economic and community development.

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has been a generous supporter of Leader in Me, providing funding for both Poyner Elementary Leader in Me and other Leader in Me programming expenses. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is a leading voice and catalyst for connecting donors, nonprofit organizations, professional advisors, community leaders and other partners to inspire charitable giving and improve the quality of life in communities across the state. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa works directly with donors and nonprofit organizations to educate them about issues affecting their communities and offer support for their charitable goals.

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CUNA Mutual Foundation

CUNA Mutual Foundation has been an instrumental supporter of the Leader in Me Initiative and generously donated to sponsor Leader in Me at George Washington Carver Academy Middle School. CUNA Mutual Group insurance, retirement and investment products provide financial security and protection to credit unions and their members worldwide. With more than 75 years of true market commitment, CUNA Mutual Group’s vision is unwavering: To be a trusted business partner who delivers service excellence through customer-focused products and market-driven insight.

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Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is home to Leader Valley. The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a private, non-profit regional economic community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and the surrounding economic region known as the Cedar Valley. The Alliance & Chamber represents and advocates for the interests of business, industry, and institutions operating in the Cedar Valley. The Alliance & Chamber was created to coordinate the resources allocated to economic development in the Cedar Valley, and provide a platform for shared services wherever possible. Alliance & Chamber programming includes Business Growth and Recruitment, Workforce & Talent Recruitment and Development, Downtowns, Districts, Tourism, and Chamber activities.

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Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College is a key partner for our Leader in Me schools. In addition to being Awareness Partner for the 2015 Leader in Me Symposium in the Cedar Valley, Hawkeye Community College provides 7 Habits training for future and current educators. Hawkeye Community College is proud to be a collaborative partner of Leader Valley and the Leader in Me. Offering more than 50 high-demand career and transfer programs and a wide array of business training services, Hawkeye is working to fill the skilled worker shortage.  Hawkeye also works with our area businesses to assist them with their workforce training and employee professional development needs.

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Honda Foundation

The Honda Foundation has generously provided financial support for both Fred Becker Elementary and Lincoln Elementary Leader in Me. The Honda Foundation was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the United States and to show its appreciation of America’s support through the years. It is Honda’s desire that in every community in which it does business society will want Honda to exist. The Honda Foundation helps meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.

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Land ‘O Lakes Foundation

Land O’Lakes has provided financial support to our Leader in Me schools in the way of matching grants. Land O’Lakes has a 90-year history of donating millions of dollars in funds, food and volunteers. That commitment was formalized in 1996 with the creation of the Land O’Lakes Foundation. The foundation expands the cooperative’s community giving philosophy. Land O’Lakes resources are dedicated to hunger, human services, youth and civic and touring art projects.

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Mid-American Energy

MidAmerican Energy Company has been a key contributor by providing financial support to our Leader in Me initiative. MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, is strategically located in the middle of several major markets in the Midwest. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the company provides service to 739,000 electric customers and 719,000 natural gas customers in a 10,600-square mile area in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska.

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