City council meeting room

National Civility Summit


Civility and Effective Leadership
Be the leader your community needs during divisive and difficult times.

On December 6, 2023, local government leaders from across the nation convened virtually for the second annual National Civility Summit for Local Governments, marking a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to fostering civility in municipal leadership and governance. This year’s summit, themed “Civility and Effective Leadership: Be the Leader Your Community Needs During Divisive and Difficult Times,” provided local government leaders with the tools and mindset to navigate the complexities of their roles and lead their communities during some of the most stressful and straining times.

Keynote Speakers:

Clarence E. Anthony
CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities

Secretary Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture


This event was hosted by:

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, in association with the Olson Center for Public Democracy
Iowa League of Cities
National League of Cities 
Des Moines Partnership 




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