Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation
Business Horizons Leadership Iowa University YPIowa Leadership Iowa ABI

About Us

The Iowa ABI Foundation, established in 1984 as a 501 (c)(3) organization, has worked diligently to reach students, teachers, and communities across the entire state of Iowa and has the good fortune of well-respected, successful programming.  Today, the Foundation helps develop Iowa’s workforce and leaders through statewide programs such as Business Horizons, Leadership Iowa University, Young Professionals of Iowa, Leadership Iowa, and various workforce development initiatives.  The ABI Foundation was created by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, an association of over 1,400 Iowa businesses and representing over 300,000 employees in Iowa.

Mission Statement
To deliver programs for the benefit of students, educators, emerging leaders, and employers that expand their knowledge and enhance their individual responsibility and leadership skills.

The numbers speak for themselves when we mention the impact of our programming:

  • Leadership Iowa – 33 years – more than 1000 alumni
  • Business Horizons – 31 years – more than 5,000 graduates
  • Leadership Iowa University – 7 years – 100+ graduates
  • Young Professionals of Iowa – a resource for more than 150 YPOs

There are untold thousands more in the state that benefit directly from these exceptional programs. Our Leadership Iowa graduates return to their communities with a renewed passion for the state, and eager to take active roles as leaders in their communities.  Our Business Horizons students come away with a new found appreciation and understanding of business and what Iowa has to offer by way of career and business opportunities.  Leadership Iowa University participants develop their network of Iowa professionals in order to continue paving their way to becoming successful leaders who make an impact in our great state.

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