Pat Boddy Receives Community Leadership Award

Congratulations to Pat Boddy, recipient of the 2019 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s A. Arthur Davis Community Leadership Award! We are thrilled to have had Pat’s time and talent here at RDG for the last 8 years, yet it’s clear her commitment and leadership reach extend far beyond our office walls. Perhaps local reporter Kevin Cooney says it best: “Pat Boddy has had an impact on the lives of virtually everyone in Iowa. Through her roles in journalism, environment, engineering and advocacy her work has figuratively and literally changed the landscape we all know as Iowa.”

Pat truly exemplifies the qualities of the Leadership Institute’s founder A. Arthur Davis, including:

  • Demonstrating a positive regard for the dignity and worth of others
  • Acting as an agent for change and taking the lead when appropriate.
  • Displaying an ability to positively influence people, activities and factors.
  • Demonstrating leadership as well as membership in community, state, national, or International organizations.
  • Exhibiting commitment to career progression and is a leader in his/her chosen field.

Pat is an accomplished and respected community leader who has a deep desire to improve the lives and the environment in her community. This is evident through both her professional and volunteer work, the many leadership positions she’s held, and her passions for facilitation and continued dialog. The Design Residency, a program she initiated and led for five years here at RDG, focuses on bringing together a diverse group of graduate students from across the country to improve a part of the central Iowa region. Her leadership and the work of the Design Residency directly developed the Iowa Park Foundation’s Parks-to-People projects, as well as set the vision for the Governor’s Green Ribbon Commission.

On smaller scales, you’ll readily find her in hip-waders, clambering up a creek on a Saturday morning to remove tires and trash from our creeks and rivers.

Pat’s ability to connect with people stems from her ability to listen. She has an uncanny knack to listen and inspire at the same time, amplifying a person’s thoughts toward positive direction and action. This is most evident when she facilitates meetings and engages all stakeholders in the conversation, whether as an RDG professional leading a community water-quality discussion or as a nonprofit board member invested in conserving the natural resources of a given area.

At the root of Pat’s inspiring nature is her selfless desire for the people around her, the project, and/or the community to succeed. That’s it. No more, no less. There isn’t a hint of personal gain or leverage. That clear devotion to community-over-self disarms and engages people. Her emotion and drive for community-betterment is contagious.

Pat Boddy is the true definition of a leader – developing not just people, but ideas, projects, and communities, connecting with people at all levels, inspiring us to think BIG, and challenging us all to step up and make a positive change in our communities. Congratulations to Pat on a most deserving award!

Congratulations to the 2019 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute award recipients!

2019 Honorees:
Arthur Davis Community Leadership Award: 
Pat Boddy, RDG Planning & Design

Community Vision Awards:
Developing: Joe Pietruszynski, Hubbell Realty Company
Connecting: Kyle Horn, America’s Job Honor Awards
Inspiring: Marina Grabchuk, Belin McCormick Law Firm
Challenging: Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, One Iowa

Alumni Volunteer Award: 
Sam Early, Principal

>>Click here to watch Patricia Boddy’s remarks from the Honors event, which included a challenge to lead on the issue of climate change.

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