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New Leaders Council


Selections for the 2016 Class of Fellows are currently underway. Alumni, board members, and supporters are busy reading applications and meeting with Candidates. We are looking forward to announcing the new class of Institute Fellows soon. 

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The Des Moines Chapter is excited to announce that applications are open for the 2016 Institute. 

If you are interested in applying, you can find the application here: Application

If you know a great candidate for our program, please nominate them here: Nominations

The New Leaders Council Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals.The NLC Fellows are successful in their industries, risk-takers, and progressive advocates.
Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. To find out more on the Institute please visit the Institutes page.

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DSM_SN_Blog02.jpgCaroline Dvorsky

A lifelong Iowan, Caroline recently graduated from  the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. During her time at the University of Iowa, Caroline was involved in numerous organizations and was an active member of the Iowa City community. In 2010, she completed an internship in Senator Tom Harkin's Des Moines office where she focused on constituent services, including authoring more than 100 constituent correspondences and traveling to multiple Iowa towns as part of the mobile outreach tour. Caroline also had the opportunity to study abroad in London and complete an internship in the United Kingdom House of Commons. Working with Member of Parliament Bridget Phillipson, Caroline researched legislative issues including a large focus on issues of domestic violence and policing. Additionally at the U of I, Caroline was involved in Student Government, University Democrats, Women's Resource and Action Center and was a four-year member of the Hawkeye Marching Band.

Caroline recently completed the George Washington Carver internship at the World Food Prize Foundation, where she worked on the national expansion of youth programming. Additionally, Caroline finished a 6 month position at the Iowa International Center working as a Program Associate in the interpretation and translation department.

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Megan Bendixen is the Legislative & Policy Analyst for the Iowa Medical Society, a 160-year-old professional association for Iowa physicians. IMS exists to assure the highest quality health care in Iowa by advocating for physicians and patients. 

In her role on the legislative advocacy team, Megan enjoys working to help shape the public policies that impact Iowans’ lives, particularly in the rapidly changing and often complex world of health care. As a Des Moines native, Megan is excited about the city’s ongoing cultural and economic growth. She enjoys spending her free time exploring the city, and can often be found checking out a classic Des Moines music venue or enjoying the local foodie scene. Megan is a longtime volunteer and former staff member of Living History Farms, where she picked up hobbies in baking and knitting. She is passionate about social justice and women’s issues, and has volunteered as a community educator for a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter. She also volunteers with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and Dress for Success.

Megan holds a degree in History and Secondary Education from Iowa State University, and is a proud Cyclone fan. She is currently completing the Master of Public Administration program at Drake University, with emphases in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. 

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