Become a Leader of Tomorrow

Grow your leadership skills, network with peers, serve your community, connect with business and civic leaders.

What is Accelerate?

Accelerate Emerging Leaders is a program under the West Des Moines Chamber designed for those aged 21-39 who are looking for cutting-edge programming, unique experiences and community engagement. It’s developed for young professionals by young professionals, so you can be assured what’s being offered is something you’ll find valuable. 

It has really opened a lot of doors for me to get to know people personally and professionally, which has benefited my career greatly.​

Carson Forst, United Heartland

What Accelerate Offers:

Professional development programs including a mix of educational seminars, panel discussions and insights from some of the metro’s most influential business leaders.


Community engagement opportunities.

Super deal on a one-year Business Record membership for $25 (New Members Only) discounted from $69. This includes Digital, Print and Insider Only breaking news emails.

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Zero membership fee! All you need to do is subscribe to our emails and get insider information to this program. 

Take a look at upcoming events, including the new 2020 series below.

You have the opportunity to make an impact on our community.

The Science of Getting Your Way

Four-Part Educational Series for Young Professionals

Accelerate Emerging Leaders is proud to partner with Iowa State University Ivy College of Business to offer this series designed to highlight strategies for gaining influence. 

Based on the latest scientific data, each lecture offers a unique aspect of conflict management by uncovering what makes us tick. You will get to know yourself more and better understand those around you while learning the latest in negotiation techniques. 

Each session will take place from 4-6 pm at the WDM Chamber of Commerce office (650 S. Prairie View D, Ste 110). 

Part 1 – February 20th: The Psychology of Success: Rewire your approach to life
Part 2 – April 23rd: The six laws of social influence: Converting the competition
Part 3 – July 16th: Upward persuasion: The art of social negotiation
Part 4 – October 15th: Be a finisher: Avoiding the pitfalls of making a deal

Discounted pricing of $50 for 4-Session Package only available through February 19. Individual sessions: $15.