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Civility & Leadership Lunches

Insight into effective leadership and civility practices

These lunch and learn programs for women 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 women taking action, cultural diversity, leadership skills and civility.

Fall lunches will be held on Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24. Speakers will be announced as soon as possible.

Cost for each lunch is $20/person or $70/person for all four. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Deborah Boyer at 515.243.7063 or emailing Please provide information about dietary restrictions in advance. Please note that a 3.5% transaction fee will be added for credit/debit card payments.

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

Spring Series Speakers

Manisha Paudel

Equity Coordinator
Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission

From child labor issues to environmental justice, Manisha focuses her efforts on creating a just and equitable society for all. As a teen, Manisha co-founded a youth magazine in Canada. While at Drake University, she re-established an Amnesty International college chapter.

Lee Schott

Women at the Well prison ministry

Pastor Lee Schott is director of Women at the Well, a prison ministry program based inside the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women. The program encourages the spiritual growth of its members, assists them when they transition back into the community, and helps others better understand the hurts and hopes of the women who reside within the correctional facility.

Molly Hanson

Executive Director of Iowa Rivers Revival
Co-founder of Women for Water

In response to Iowa’s water quality problems and believing that Iowans can work together to solve them, Molly founded Women for Water with her colleagues and friends Jennifer Terry and Kerri Johannsen. This organization empowers women to advocate for clean water.

Mary Kramer

Last year Ambassador Kramer was appointed to assist the Iowa Senate in its effort to improve workplace culture following a $1.75 million legal settlement in a sexual harassment case. Mary served in the Legislature from 1991 to 2003. She previously held executive human resource positions at Younkers and Wellmark.

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



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