UPCOMING SPEAKER

February 20 Luncheon with BI Worldwide

Luncheon with Megan Zach from BI Worldwide

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

Luncheon with BI Worldwide - Behavioral Economics in the Workplace

Thursday, February 20

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

BI Worldwide - "Behavioral Economics in the Workplace"

Megan Zach is a Director of Strategy & Business Development with BI Worldwide, an engagement agency that looks to inspire and motivate people using the science of behavioral economics.  She is certified in Behavioral Economics.  Prior to BI Worldwide, Megan’s work focused on helping companies with human capital management during her 14 years at ADP. 


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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April 16 Luncheon with Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Luncheon with Gunnar Olson from Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

Luncheon with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Thursday, April 16

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Gunnar Olson is the Communications and Strategy Manager for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), where he has built on his background as an experienced journalist to earn a reputation as an engaging, trusted and articulate spokesperson and leader for causes important to Greater Des Moines. He is the lead organizer of the Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series, which hosts national thought-leaders who share ideas, insights, and inspiration with regional influencer s to advance the sustainable development of Greater Des Moines.

Through the MPO, he has been deeply involved in the water trails initiative seeking to activate 150 miles of rivers and creeks throughout the Central Iowa. He is currently leading the Strategy Team of the Central Iowa Water Trails Incubator, a consortium of regional organizations working collaboratively to implement the water trails plan, notably the creation of a whitewater park in downtown Des Moines by mitigating three dangerous low-head dams. He was the primary author of a successful $25 million BUILD grant application for the water trails project, accelerating its implementation.

Prior to joining the MPO, he was the public affairs manager for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and a staff writer with The Des Moines Register.


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May 21 Luncheon – Civic Music Association

Luncheon with Peter Stevenson from the Civic Music Association

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 21

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Civic Music Association

Peter Stevenson brings 20 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural arena to his role as Executive Director of CMA (Civic Music Association). Previously Peter served as Director of Development at the Des Moines Symphony and Academy, where he oversaw significant annual fund growth and the successful completion of a capital campaign that raised over $10 million. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in art history, Peter is a former Fulbright scholar who has used his knowledge of art and culture to develop exhibitions and create interpretive programs at many leading institutions, including The Field Museum in Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. At SFMOMA, he managed adult public programs, including collaborative projects involving the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. His interpretive specialties are handheld audio and multimedia tours, as well as Web sites dedicated to specific exhibitions and individuals. Projects Peter has managed have won many awards from the American Association of Museums and the National Association for Interpretation.

Civic Music Association Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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January 16 Luncheon with Dardis Communications

Luncheon with Dardis Communications - Communication Skills Workshop

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.


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Thursday, January 16

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

**Starts 15 minutes earlier to allow time for the workshop**

11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Communication Skills Workshop – “Speak As Well As Your Think” with Dardis Communications

Learn to speak as well as you think!  A powerful message is lost without powerful delivery.   During this 1-hour workshop participants you will learn how to overcome inhibitions and speak with purpose.    You will walk out with techniques that are immediately applicable and relevant. 

  • Discuss the overall importance of good communication skills – what’s at stake 
  • Achieve your personal brand with purpose
  • Understand the components of powerful communication – improve what your audience sees and hears when you communicate
  • Demonstrate eye contact that promotes trust and credibility
  • Practice delivering a short talk while making effective eye contact

Greg Dardis founded the company in 2002. Since then, Dardis Communications has enhanced the careers of thousands of professionals. We help our customers become stronger leaders and communicators.

Each Dardis program emphasizes practical, effective skills that participants can apply immediately. Our training approach focuses on five core skill sets:

  1. Effective communication and presentation skills
  2. Professional image and etiquette
  3. Consultative selling
  4. Business writing
  5. Executive coaching and development

Maria Volante serves as Senior Vice President at Dardis Communications.  Maria brings with her a tremendous wealth of knowledge, sales and marketing experience, and a proven track record of managing and developing successful teams.  Maria blends her 20+ years of business and leadership experience with the Dardis Communications service portfolio to best serve our clients’ needs in the area of professional presentation, image, consultative selling and personal/executive coaching.  

The Dardis executive coaches guide thousands of professionals to stronger career skills, increased confidence and improved business results. Companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo partner with Dardis to enhance the skills of their teams. You also can choose to improve the abilities of key employees in one of our public programs.

Dardis Communications Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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December 19 Luncheon with The Food Bank of Iowa

Luncheon with Bergetta Beardsley from The Food Bank of Iowa

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, December 19

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Food Bank of Iowa - What We Do and How You Can Help

Bring donations to the Food Bank and any items you would like included in a grab bag for members!

Bergetta Beardsley has been with Food Bank of Iowa as Vice President of Philanthropy since August 2018.  Prior to joining the Food Bank, she was Director of Donor Relations at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and previous to that held nonprofit roles at the MercyOne Foundation and United Way of Central Iowa. 

Outside of work she enjoys being a mom and spending time with her husband and 3 kids.

Food Bank of Iowa Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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November 21 – Des Moines Art Center Tour and Social

November Des Moines Art Center Tour and Social

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 21

Private tour of the Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines)

Tour begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. (will be about 45 minutes)

Social and happy hour to follow hosted by LW Advisors

Albert Baird Cummins Mansion - 2404 Forest Drive, Suite 240 Des Moines

 

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October 17 Luncheon – Real Estate Expert Panel Discussion

DES MOINES REAL ESTATE EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, October 17

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Metro On The Move! Join us for a networking lunch and panel discussion where you can get your questions answered with the following local real estate experts as we host a discussion on the Des Moines market past, present and future.

The Realtor: Shannon Coryell is with RE/MAX Concepts and has been practicing real estate in the Des Moines Metro for almost 6 years. She loves being active in the community, traveling, eating, and spending time with family and friends.

The Lender: Ryan Jensen (Key Mortgage Group) has been in the financial services industry over 20 years producing mortgage and consumer loans, business development, financial planning, and sales management. An Iowa native and current Johnston resident, Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. For over 15 years, he has lived in the Des Moines area where he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, Erica, and daughter, Ainsley. Ryan also likes working outdoors no matter the time of year, playing golf, and cycling on the beautiful trails around Iowa .

The Assessor: Jim Willett  (Polk County Assessor's Office) is the Director/Residential Deputy Assessor and has been employed by the assessors office for 42 years. He has lived in the Des Moines area all his life, and enjoys all outdoor activities (bicycling, walking, and boating in Okoboji). 


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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September 19 Luncheon with The Des Moines International Airport

Luncheon with Kayla Kovarna from The Des Moines International Airport

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, September 19

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Des Moines Airport - Current Impact and Future Planning

We hope you can join for first luncheon for the 2019-2020 season!

Kayla Kovarna joined the Des Moines Airport Authority as the Communications, Marketing and Air Service Development Manager in April 2019 to increase visibility and help attain the Airport’s overall goals.  She oversees communications efforts including media relations and digital content creation while also driving air service business development.  Prior to the Airport, she was the Executive Director of the American Heart Association of Central Iowa where she increased revenues by over 50% and developed new health programming like Blood Pressure in Barber Shops.  Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Iowa in both Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Communication Studies and is a proud graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program.

Des Moines International Airport Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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2019 Kickoff Social @ Bellhop

2019 Kickoff Social @ Bellhop

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 29

Bellhop (440 E. Grand Avenue - East Village)

4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Join us for the start of the 2019-2020 Des Moines Leadership Network year with a little taste of the tropics here downtown. Network with members new and old, catch up on all that has happened over the summer and get ready for an exciting year ahead!

Bring a prospect and both of your drinks are on us! Also, pay your dues at the event and save on a luncheon fee ... $215 gets you membership and all luncheons for the year!

We look forward to seeing you and your guest(s) there! Cheers!

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May 16 Luncheon with Sam Carrell

Luncheon with Sam Carrell

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 16

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Sam Carrell, Executive Director of Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation

We hope you can join for our last meeting before summer break! Monthly luncheons will start again in the Fall.

Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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