Adams Academy


The Adams Academy is a leadership development program presented by the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute. The program is a yearlong leadership experience completed by students as a cohort. Adams Academy offers engaging leadership education based workshops, lectures, and events designed to enhance their skills and knowledge around leadership at Drake University and the greater Des Moines community.

Weekly educational sessions are held on Mondays & Tuesdays from 7:00-8:15pm. The first sessions of Adams Academy are scheduled for September 26 & 27.

Students who commit to being members of the Academy must

  • Attend the Adams Academy Retreat (held on Drake's campus in late fall)
  • Regularly attend a weekly educational session on leadership (held on Mondays/Tuesdays from 7:00-8:15pm)
  • Complete 10 hours on a self-guided leadership project (approved with Dir. Of Leadership)
  • Create a reflection summary on their experience in the Adams Academy.

If you are interested in registering for the Adams Academy complete the following form: 

Questions? Please contact Meghan (Blancas) Baeza, Director for Student Leadership Programs at


University News
December 2, 2016
Twenty executives from 14 central Iowa companies have graduated from the Executive Education Center at Drake University’s Leading Others program. The intensive 18-month program enhances participants’ ability to lead organizations through times of stability and change.