2016 Iowa Craft Beer Tour

by "Get it Done Girl" on May 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Free Agency

The 3rd Annual Iowa Craft Beer Tour is in the books! During the afternoon of May 28, a party bus full of Iowa craft beer enthusiasts visited Fox Brewing, Reclaimed Rails and Madhouse Brewing Company.













Thank you to the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce for allowing me to speak on LinkedIn during your May Membership Luncheon at Felix & Oscar’s. Below are the tips I shared with the group:



Settings – the first thing I always do when I’m working with a Client! A couple of things:

  • Profile Privacy: Edit your public profile – make sure you’re showing the public what you want to show them!
  • Profile Privacy: Sharing profile edits – you want this on
  • Data privacy and advertising: turn off data sharing with third parties and advertising preferences
  • Communications: go through Basics and Groups and make sure you’re receiving the communications you want
  • Communications: LinkedIn messages – turn off participate in research and Partner InMail

Include a professional head shot

Add a branded background photo

Include keywords in the professional headline

Contact Info – make sure this is complete

Customize your public profile link – add to email signature and printed materials so people can connect directly to you without difficulties

Go through all of the “Sections” to see what applies to you

Include your email and phone number in the “Additional Info” section and move to the top of your profile

Background/Experience – Add Company Profile Page and add media

Click and drag pieces of current experience in order of importance versus chronological

Add Skills – make sure they’re accurate and ON

Ask for Recommendations and recommend others

Add Connections: Use the Search Box at the top of the page,  Use “People You May Know” at top of home page

Share an individual’s profile with a Connection

Update your status once/week up to daily – position yourself as the expert!

  • Share industry articles, your blog posts, community events, speaking engagements…

Read your news feed – Read what your Connections are sharing, Like, Comment and/or Share

Become a member of LinkedIn Groups and begin engaging

  • Use the Search Box at the top of the page
  • Search for Groups based on geography or industry
  • Lurk, engage with posts and/or facilitate discussions

Look for Jobs – Set up queries and save, Have results sent to an email address

Follow companies – Use the Search Box at the top of the page and follow competitors, prospects, friends of your business, etc.

Using the LinkedIn long-form blogging platform is great for personal branding. You can share your post with a potential 400+ million people. Also, your connections receive a notification when you’ve published new content. Use “Who’s Viewed My Posts” to follow-up with those individuals.


Celebrate Waukee 2015 – A Huge Success!

Last December, I was hired by the City of Waukee as an Event Consultant.

The Waukee Leadership Institute‘s Class of 2015 was tasked with revamping Waukee’s Annual Fall Festival and they needed some guidance.

Renamed “Celebrate Waukee”, this family-friendly event was held on June 5 – 6, 2015, in the Historic Downtown Triangle and Centennial Park.


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Breakfast, Business & More!

What a great turn out for our very first Breakfast, Business & More networking event! Check out a few of the pictures. Our next event is October 6 at 8am. Register at www.breakfastbusinessandmore.com!


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Christkindlmarket Des Moines Receives City Approval

Last Wednesday, organizers of Christkindlmarket Des Moines met with the City of Des Moines street use team. During the meeting, we received approval to close the streets around Western Gateway Park to produce Christkindlmarket Des Moines in 2016.


This is a project a hand-full of us have been working on for over a year and a half. We could really use the community’s support. There are many ways to be involved. I invite you to sign up via email to be notified when these opportunities become available. We would also love your support on Facebook. Please “Like” Christkindlmarket Des Moines on Facebook.

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2015 Mid-America Conference on Fundraising

The 30th annual Mid-America Conference on Fundraising took place earlier this week at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. I supported the conference planning committee with digital communications, financial management, on-line registration and on-site registration.

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Breakfast, Business & More

I’m so excited to be working with Debbie Sears of Sears Insurance to bring you Breakfast, Business & More!!!

Breakfast, Business & More is Des Moines’ premier morning networking event which allows busy professionals the chance to network and to exchange opportunities.

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2015 Iowa Craft Beer Tour

The 2nd Annual Iowa Craft Beer Tour is in the books! During the afternoon of March 23, a party bus full of Iowa craft beer enthusiasts visited Exile Brewing Company, Firetrucker, Olde Main Brewing Co and Torrent.


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Forty Under 40 Recognition Dinner

A few months ago, I was selected to the 2015 class of Forty under 40. It means so much to be recognized for my efforts over the past six years in the Des Moines community. A few weeks ago, myself and my fellow honorees were recognized at a dinner hosted at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. Below are a few photos from the evening:

Waiting to answer “the pageant question”; photo credit: @AlanFeirer

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2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health

Last week was the culmination of several months of preparation and hard work by many people.

As conference coordinator of the 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, I worked with a conference planning committee comprised of public health officials across this great state to produce an event attended by 550 individuals enjoying 49 academic concurrent sessions.

This is the largest conference I’ve ever co-produced. The magnitude of communication, logistics, decisions-making and fun made for an exceptional experience. If you need help planning your next conference (or know someone who does!) just drop me a note.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Hall

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Green Co-Hort Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa

While participating in the 2013 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program, our sub-group, the “Green Co-Hort” formed a strong bond. We continue to meet regularly to socialize and to volunteer in our community.

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