Women of Action: Feeding Our Community

People around the world and in our own backyard are struggling to secure nutritious, affordable food for themselves and their families. Our fall speaker series spotlights four women in the Des Moines area who are taking action to improve access to food now and in the future. Learn more about the problem of hunger and how you can help.

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.

All lunches are on Wednesdays: October 17, 24, 31 and November 7.

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

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.

October 17: Sarah Kimle

Business Development Specialist, Refugee Community Services                                                   Lutheran Services of Iowa

Sarah Kimle’s background in vegetable production, international agriculture development and ag business entrepreneurship has led her to Lutheran Services of Iowa’s Global Greens program. Hear how her efforts help former refugees develop successful produce operations.

October 24: Aubrey Alvarez

Executive Director
Eat Greater Des Moines

Aubrey will share how Eat Greater Des Moines brings organizations together to strengthen central Iowa’s food system through three main initiatives: food rescue, double up food bucks, and fresh food, friendly neighbors.

October 31: Kelsey Tyrrell

Director of Global Programs
World Food Prize

Kelsey will discuss how the World Food Prize is inspiring the next generation of humanitarian leaders to end hunger and poverty.

November 7: Michelle Book

President and CEO                                                                                                                                            Food Bank of Iowa

The Food Bank of Iowa serves 55 counties in Iowa. Michelle will speak about her goals of improving the quality, efficiency and nutrition of the Food Bank’s distributions.

2018 Spring 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.

Ambassador Mary Kramer

In 2017 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.

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.

Lee Schott, Pastor
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.

Other 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