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Civility & Leadership Lunches

Insight into effective leadership and civility practices

The 2017 Women’s Leadership lunch spring series will feature speakers from the greater Des Moines community sharing their story of cultural diversity in the workplace as we explore “Ethnicity in Our Community”.

  • April 6 – Rev. Minna Bothwell, Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
  • April 13 – Pablo Ortega, DSM Public Schools
  • April 20 – Annique Kiel, Drake University – FULL
  • April 27 – Ying Sa, Community CPA, Inc.

The lunch and learn programs lead to understanding and awareness of current topics, connection to community resources, and inspiration from other experiences. All events begin at 11:30 p.m.

Cost for each lunch is $20 per person, or $70 per person for all four lunches. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Deborah Boyer or calling 515.243.7063. Please provide information about dietary restrictions in advance.

Winner of the 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

I am leaving here in the different mindset than when I came and I have a lot to think about. Thank you for sharing your story. –2016 attendee

Past Speakers

April 27: Ying Sa, Community CPA & Associates, Inc  

As a successful immigrant woman with broad corporate and business experience, Ying blends her unique life experiences and perspectives into her professional work and her service to clients.

Click here to read a summary of  Ying’s presentation:

Ethnicity in Our Community – Ying Sa

April 20: Annique Kiel, Drake University

Annique is the executive director of global engagement and international programs at Drake and regularly conducts workshops on intercultural competency. She recently successfully led efforts to bring the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to Des Moines in 2016 and 2017.  In addition, she serves on the Strategic Diversity Action Team and the Women in Leadership Committee.

Click here to read a summary of Annique’s presentation:

Ethnicity in Our Community Annique Kiel

April 13: Pablo Ortega, Des Moines Public Schools   

More than 6,000 students in Des Moines speak nearly 100 languages and dialects. Pablo Ortega stepped into a newly created position as Director of the English Language Learner program.

Click here to read a summary of Pablo’s presentation:

Ethnicity in Our Community Pablo Ortega

April 6: Rev. Minna Bothwell, Capitol Hill Lutheran

This diverse congregation includes members who are from 23 different countries and live throughout the metro area.

Click here to read Pastor Minna’s comments:

Ethnicity in Our Community Minna Bothwell

Professional organizer Lori Vande Krol shared how organization can help us focus on the most important things in our lives.

Dr. Jann Freed encouraged her audience to leave a legacy for their family.

Donna Red Wing of One Iowa & Bob Vander Plaats from The Family Leader spoke about how to find common ground despite holding opposing viewpoints.



756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)