Emerging Leader Peer Group

If you're working in your family's business but aren't holding a leadership role (yet), this group is for you.

UNI’s Emerging Leader peer group prepares family business members for executive-level responsibilities and ownership. This program is tailored for next-generation family enterprise leaders and the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Participants will develop and practice their leadership style, create a lifetime development plan, and increase their effectiveness as responsible family business leaders. 

The Emerging Leader Peer Group is available via Zoom and periodically in person. Members of the UNI Family Business Center can take part at a discounted rate.

Emerging Leaders Peer Group

Program Details

Each month the group will confidentially share and develop topics that are relevant to each participant. Members of the dynamic group will each engage in the following:

  • Monthly meetings professionally facilitated with 8-14 emerging leaders
  • Peer-to-peer learning through experience sharing
  • Self-assessment—temperament, personality, fit with other family members
  • Company projects

What does it take to prepare the next generation?

In this episode of the Never Go Against the Family podcast, Heidi takes us through what leadership really looks like for an emerging generation, how to make a successful transition from one generation to the next, and what strategies you can use to be successful along the way.

To be an active participant in these conversations and learn how you can take the leap to leadership, join the Emerging Leaders Peer Group today.


Heidi Vermeer-Quist

Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She and her husband, Chad Quist, transitioned the Pine Rest Des Moines Clinic to Heartland Christian Counseling in 2018. She has provided psychological assessment and psychotherapy to people struggling with depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, trauma recovery, unresolved grief and adjustment, and personality disorders. In addition to her clinical training, Heidi also has obtained specialized training and extensive experience in Organizational Psychology and Family Business Governance. She is a family member of Vermeer Corporation and has served in various family governance roles, including establishing and Chairing the Ownership Counsel and serving on the Board of Directors. She continues to provide clinical services through Heartland Christian Counseling, as well as, family business and organizational consulting services through www.vqconsult.com. Heidi currently serves on the Iowa Board of Professional Psychology. 

Connect with Kristen to join the Emerging Leaders

Are you in search of a group of diverse thinkers who are in a similar stage to you in a family business? Look no further. Get connected to Kristen Toppin today, who will help you join the Emerging Leaders Peer Group.

E: kristen.toppin@uni.edu

P: 319-273-5784