Ground Breakers: Women Leading Change

Engage in conversation with women in central Iowa who are breaking new ground in the workplace and community.

Spring 2019 series are Wednesdays April 24, May 29 and June 26.

Cost for each lunch is $20/person. Reservations are required and can purchased on-line or by emailing Deborah Boyer or calling 515.243.7063. Please provide information about dietary restrictions in advance.

WCI’s lunch and learn programs provide inspiration from area leaders, greater awareness and understanding of current issues in our community, and connection to local resources. Past programs have focused on cultural diversity, leadership skills and civility.

Program sponsorships are available at the $100, $250 and $500 level. Contact Ann for more details.

WCI’s Leadership and Civility Lunches received 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

April 24: Kirsten Anderson

Advocate, Trainer and Consultant for harassment-free workplaces

Kirsten Anderson is on a mission to end workplace harassment through education. She found herself an unlikely advocate for those facing harassment in the workplace after she was fired for complaining about sexual harassment and retaliation. She took legal action against her former employer, the State of Iowa, and won. Now a full-time advocate, trainer, and consultant for harassment-free workplaces, she works to empower others to stand up for what is right and show employers how to make easy changes to fix long-standing problems. Kirsten has a degree in broadcast journalism, is a 2019 Metro Woman of the Year and a 2018 Inspiring Woman of Iowa Finalist.

May 29: Beth Shelton

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Beth will share how she initiated a new “infants at work” policy at the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, part of a cultural transformation that led to GSGI being named a “Best Workplace in Iowa”. Parents can bring their babies to work with them every day for up to six months. Beth was named to the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 list, coaches softball and basketball and co-leads a Girl Scout group of 33 girls. She recently received alumni achievement awards from Simpson College and Drake University.

June 26: Antoinette Stevens

Cybersecurity Analyst, The Principal Financial Group
Executive Director, Reboot Iowa

A computer science graduate of the University of Georgia, Antoinette will share her story of finding her way to Iowa and her efforts to help low-income adults transition to new careers in IT through coding. Antoinette was named a 2019 Person to Watch by the Des Moines Register.

Past Speakers

Rev. Minna Bothwell, Capitol Hill Lutheran

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

Pastor Minna’s comments:
Ethnicity in Our Community Minna Bothwell

Pablo Ortega, Des Moines Public Schools

Pablo Ortega stepped into a newly created position as Director of the English Language Learner program.

A summary of Pablo’s presentation:
Ethnicity in Our Community Pablo Ortega

Annique Kiel
Drake University

Annique is the executive director of global engagement and international programs at Drake and regularly conducts workshops on intercultural competency.

A summary of Annique’s presentation:
Ethnicity in Our Community Annique Kiel

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.

A summary of  Ying’s presentation:
Ethnicity in Our Community – Ying Sa