Read the books and join Grimes Public Library and ISU Professor of Leadership, Dr. Chad Cardani-Trollinger, for these free community conversations on emotional well-being and personal development. Digital, audio, and print copies available through Grimes Public Library. Program provided through a Libraries Transforming Communities grant through the American Library Association.
About the series
Grimes Public Library is proud to offer Community Conversations, a personal leadership development journey. This four-part series journeys participants through topics, strategies, and ideas that help them build the life they have always dreamt of. We’ll get started by identifying the factors that motivate us to change and evolve by taking a look at Start with Why by Simon Sinek. Next we’ll dive in to the twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors with The Art of Possibility with Benjamin and Rosamund Zander. As we begin to have a firm understanding of what motivates us and what all of the possibilities are, we’ll take a look at our own Emotional Intelligence and how to leverage our emotional intelligence to influence ourselves and others. Finally, we’ll examine vulnerability and look at how (and why) it is necessary to lean in to the unknown with Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. Participants may attend any or all of the conversations, and will be able to leverage their new insights and skills for themselves, their families, their organizations, and their communities.
Iowa native Dr. Chad Cardani-Trollinger earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Speech at Buena Vista University (1996), a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University (2000) and his Ph.D. in Education at Drake University (2020). His dissertation, Preserving the Academy: Staff and Faculty Outlooks on the Future of Higher reflects his interest in and commitment to higher education. Dr. Cardani-Trollinger currently serves as Assistant Teaching Professor of Leadership Studies at Iowa State University, and leverages over 25 years of professional experience in education, entrepreneurship, account management, business development training, business process analysis, coaching and strategic partnerships. As a leadership educator, Dr. Cardani-Trollinger is passionate about helping others develop their own leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities so that they have the ability to positively influence themselves and others. He leads with thoughtful and purposeful reflection, intentional inclusion of the widest variety of voices possible, and by doing what he says he will do.
Dr. Cardani-Trollingers research interests include positive psychology, higher education, faculty development, cultural development, and brain-based learning. He is an award-winning instructor, an ethical, just and inclusive servant leader, and is fully committed to helping individuals, teams, organizations, and businesses get from where they are to where they want to be.