Contemporary Business Solutions is holding a series of monthly Lunch and Learn workshops at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce from 11:45am – 1pm. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and laptops. Reserve your ticket today for the MailChimp E-Newsletter workshop on November 6th. Attendance is limited to the first 15 registrants.


During November’s workshop, we will focus on how to use email marketing to remain “top of mind” with your prospects, clients and partners. We’ll create a MailChimp account, set up a mailing list and learn how to use MailChimp templates to create your first send. Bring your laptops and we’ll work through the steps together.

Please add the following date to your calendars!

  • December 4th, 2014 – TBD

Register NOW!


The Social Media Club of Des Moines is putting on another great program! Three years ago, Des Moines Public Schools used YouTube and Flickr as little more than online filing cabinets. Today, Iowa’s largest provider of public education engages with tens of thousands of people across each day with its integration of multiple social media tools, a revamped web site and a new mobile app. Attendees will learn why it’s smart of public agencies to increase their online footprint to reach their customers.

Beverages and light snacks will be served.

Registration required. Tickets available here

Phil Roeder has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, media relations, strategic planning, marketing and issues management in both the public and private sector.

Phil is currently the Director of Communications for Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest provider of public education. He first held this position in 2007-08 and returned to the school district in 2011. In this role he oversees a staff of six and is responsible for management of the school district’s online presence through its web sites, social media and mobile app; their 24/7 cable television station; media relations efforts; and various publications and branding initiatives.

Before going to work at Des Moines Public Schools, Phil was an elected member of the Des Moines School Board where he also served as its president.

Among his public sector experiences are serving as deputy chief of staff to Governor Chet Culver, political director for Senator Tom Harkin, press secretary to Senator Max Baucus and public information director for Polk County.

Phil’s background in the private sector includes working for two advertising and public relations agencies – ZLR Ignition and CMF&Z – and directing public affairs at the Crawford Law Firm.

Phil and his wife have three children, all of whom are graduates of Des Moines Public Schools.

When: October 23, 2014, 5:30pm – 7pm

Where: Central Campus High School


Join the Social Media Club Des Moines at Madhouse Brewing Company Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-7pm for their Fall Kickoff Social for the 2014-2015 year!

A free drink ticket will be provided to the first 50 guests and they’ll also have complimentary chips and salsa from Tres Mentes Salsa!

Come mix and mingle with members, meet their newly elected board members and have fun!

FREE admission, but they do ask that you RSVP here.


Book Review: Hundred Percenters

As part of my continuing education as a Free Agent, I read at least six business books per year. Most recently, the Business Book Club read Hundred Percenters: Challenge Your Employees to Give It Their All, and They’ll Give You Even More by Mark Murphy.

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5 Tips to Becoming a Phone Call Pro!

Whether you’re in sales and making cold calls to drum up business or a graphic designer following-up with a client on a project, you’ll make a GREAT impression if you practice professional telephone etiquette:

Identify yourself – Don’t assume that the person you’re calling will recognize your voice.

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Book Review: Me 2.0 by Dan Schwabel

Now that the Meyvn Group’s Business Book Club is on its summer hiatus, I have the chance to read some of the business books I have laying around. I recently picked up Me 2.0 by Dan Schwabel.

Even though I read the October 2010 Revised edition, I felt that some of the points made were outdated. In his book, Dan Schwabel shows job seekers and professionals how to leverage the power of digital media to manage their personal brand. So you can see why the content can quickly become obsolete.

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Define Your ShIne: In Living Color

by "Get it Done Girl" on September 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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I’d like to make you aware of an event that is like no other happening in Des Moines. The women who have put together “Define Your ShIne: In Living Color” have worked hard to identify what’s missing in our lives and to put together a day’s worth of workshop sessions to address those issues. Will I see you there?

The Schedule

October 16, 2014
8:30am – 3:00pm
Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge

8:15 – 8:30 Check in/registration (light breakfast will be available)

8:30 – 8:45 ​Gratitude exercise & welcome

8:45 – 9:45 Gentle yoga ​instructed by Sandi Hoover

​9:45 – 10:00 Morning break

10:00 – 10:25 Letting go ​visualization & meditation ​​guided by Kim Garin

10:25 – 10:45 Harness the power of intention led by Melanie Schmidt

10:45 – 12:15 Discover your core values ​facilitated by Tabby Hinderaker

12:15 – 12:45 Lunch provided by ​The Grateful Chef

12:45 – 12:50 ​Re-engagement activity

12:50 – 1:30 Self-care breakout sessions & afternoon break

1:30 – 2:00 So Hum (I Am) meditation ​guided by Kim Garin

2:00 – 2:30 Group activity

2:30 – 2:45 Gratitude exercise

2:45 – 3:00 Next steps

3:00 ​Closing ​meet & greet


Purchase tickets now!


Register before September 24th to receive $40 off the early bird rate and be entered to win one of two gifts from the sponsors! The first five people to take advantage of this special offer will receive a deluxe gift bag the day of the event. Take advantage of this limited time offer ​by entering promotional code SHINESPECIAL at checkout!

Get the Early Bird rate if you purchase your tickets before October 3, 2014.


What does it take to make you SHINE?

If you have ever felt disconnected or that what you truly wanted was just out of reach, it’s time to step through those limiting beliefs to create the life you want.

What is your SHINE?

As driven, capable, heart-centered women we are all searching for it. It is not easily defined. It cannot be found in the people, places, circumstances or things that fill up our lives. Everyone has it but no two are identical. Only you can define it. It is no one’s responsibility but yours. It cannot be created because it has always existed within you. It cannot be lost but you can lose touch with it. It is what it means to SHINE. It is YOU.

It’s not until we take the time to connect with the silence and truth within and consciously reflect on what matters most that we awaken to ourselves and tap into our true potential. When we are more grounded and connected, we make better decisions and we choose goals that will move us forward in the of our ideal life.  We invite you step away from the chaos of day to day and surrender yourself to an experience that will leave you feeling renewed and ready to re-engage with your life in a more fulfilling way.

This unique six hour ladies-only retreat focuses on slowing down and tuning into the mindfulness of present moment awareness. With the guiding theme In Living Color, the Fall 2014 Define Your ShIne experience will be immersed in the beauty of the autumn landscape at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge. A light breakfast will be available and a nourishing vegetarian lunch prepared by The Grateful Chef, Brandy Lueders will also be provided. We will start the morning reawakening our bodies with a rejuvenating yoga session guided by Sandi Hoover, co-owner of The Family Tree Yoga and Massage. Your ShIne guides, Kim Garin, Tabby Hinderaker and Melanie Schmidt are dedicated to providing an environment that will allow you to experiment with a variety of tools, techniques and approaches that will move you from constriction to expansion and empower your authenticity. During our time together, you can expect to be shifted toward:

  • Living your truth by discovering your true, core values
  • Quieting your mind with simple meditation techniques
  • Embracing insight through the use of guided visualization and journaling
  • Connecting more fully with your body with gentle yoga practice
  • Unleashing your creativity in group and individual activities
  • Experiencing abundant joy by learning to cultivate gratitude
  • Fostering self-understanding and transformative self-love
  • An expanded awareness of who you really are and what you really want
  • Actively being part of a supportive, close-knit community from this day forward
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