UPCOMING SPEAKER

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


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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April 18 Luncheon with Teahl Bader

Luncheon with Teahl Bader

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 18

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

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

Teahl Bader, Executive Director of Single Parent Provision

Single Parent Provision is a non-profit organization providing valuable programs, services, and events to single parents and their families. Their mission is to glorify God by partnering with single parents to help strengthen their lives and the lives of their families. With 30% of children in Iowa raised in a single parent home, the opportunity for impact is great, and Single Parent Provision meets that opportunity with optimism and hope. In under six years, Single Parent Provision has grown 851% in the number of unique single parents and children served.

Teahl Bader has served as Executive Director of Single Parent Provision since the organization’s inception in 2014. She herself is a single mother and was raised by a single father. She shares those characteristics with others a part of the organization, as each board and staff member are either a current single parent, former single parent, or were raised in a single parent home, collectively putting them in a strong position to understand the unique needs of single parent families and how best to meet them.

Single Parent Provision Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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March 21 Social Event

Social Event at the Grumpy Goat Tavern

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:30PM

Thursday, March 21

The Grumpy Goat Tavern  - 1303 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA

4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Come join us for our March social event.  We'll have appetizers and beer.  Just bring your "thirst" to meet new people!

Grumpy Goat Tavern - Des Moines

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February 21 Luncheon with Mark Wyatt

Luncheon with Mark Wyatt

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 21

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

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

Iowa Bicycle Coalition

Mark Wyatt is executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, an organization he helped create in 2004.  The group runs several large bike tours and events including the Iowa Bike Expo, RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party, Bacoon Ride, Pigtails Ride, and the new Big Rove Ride.  The organization's main focus is on policy advocacy with the Iowa Legislature and Iowa DOT.  Mark will be riding his 18th RAGBRAI this year.  

Iowa Bicycle Coalition Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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January 17 Luncheon with Jim Immel

Luncheon with Jim Immel

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

Thursday, January 17

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

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

Self Manage with Self Awareness

Drive better results with knowing how you can leverage your natural talents to influence clients, coworkers, and employees.   If you can inspire people, you can lead them.

Opportunity to complete a personality test (included with luncheon cost) that you can view from 3 dimensions; the DISC test, the Values/Motivators test, and the Innermetrix/Attribute Index.

Jim Immel Jim had a successful sales career with Principal Financial Group prior to starting Immel and Associates in February 1999.   Jim’s coaching practice allows him to help develop those who influence others.   Jim helps leaders and sales teams improve their performance.   He is often introduced to help business owners with their succession planning.  Jim is driven by his belief that the foundation for successful succession plans begins with leaders and sales team who are prepared to have long-term success.

The assessment tools are an important part of Jim’s practice to help leverage individuals talents and experience while also becoming aware of natural blind spots.  


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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December 20 Luncheon with Chris Wood

Luncheon with Chris Wood

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, December 20

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

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

Chris Wood serves the mission of Make-A-Wish® Iowa as the Chief Development Officer.  He brings a diverse mix of professional experience in business development in the private sector cultivating partnerships on both a local and a national level.  Chris has lived in the Des Moines metro for nearly 17 years with a variety of stops along his career journey including roles at Dwolla, Meredith Corporation, KCCI-TV, and the Des Moines Register.  He has been an active member of the community through volunteer efforts for multiple nonprofit organizations and in leadership positions on local boards. He is a current member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute – Community Leadership Program.  Having had a personal heart condition as a young child, he has a passion to focus his professional life on helping other children with life-threatening medical conditions.
 
Make-A-Wish Iowa creates life-changing wishes for children in Iowa with critical illnesses. The Foundation has granted wishes to more than 3,500 children in Iowa with critical illnesses since 1987.  A wish come true empowers children which can replace their fear with confidence, anxiety with joy, and sadness with hope. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses.

Jessica Dinh has served as a Volunteer Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish® Iowa since 2015. In this role she serves as an advocate and voice for wish children and provides family support from the beginning to the end of their wish experience. In 2016 she was awarded the Make-A-Wish® Iowa Rising Star Award and the Governor’s Volunteer Award for her dedication to Make-A-Wish® Iowa in 2017. Jessica also serves as an executive committee member for Inspire Iowa’s Future.

Jessica has worked as a nurse in a variety of areas including pediatrics, obstetrics and organ donation. She currently works as the Pediatric Simulator Educator for Blank Children’s Hospital in the Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Her nursing experience has given her valuable experience working with children and their families in difficult and life changing situations. This experience has fueled her passion for Make-A-Wish® Iowa, as she has seen first-hand the impact a wish can have for not only a child, but everyone around them.


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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