THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Civility & Leadership Lunches

Insight into effective leadership and civility practices

“Being the Change: Women Taking Action” is the focus of the fall women’s leadership lunch series. Each program will feature a speaker from the Des Moines area explaining how she identified a need and stepped up to create change.

  • November 1: Deidre DeJear, program director of Financial Capability and host of The Financial Fix cable TV show.
  • November 8: Kellie Markey, founder and executive director of Dorothy’s House, a safe house for girls who are survivors of trafficking and exploitation.
  • November 15: Emily Price, executive director of Healthy Birth Day and Count the Kicks, a public health campaign for expectant moms.

These 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 addressed cultural diversity, leadership skills and civility.

Cost for each lunch is $20 per person, or $50 for all three lunches. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Deborah Boyer at 515.243.7063 or emailing deborahboyer@wallace.org. 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

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ADDRESS

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