2016 Iowa Prevention Conference

by "Get it Done Girl" on November 27, 2016 · 0 comments

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I had the distinct pleasure of being a panelist at the 2016 Iowa Prevention Conference. Iowa’s Annual Prevention Conference is a statewide forum focused on substance abuse prevention and problem gambling prevention, while offering recommendations for best practices. The goal of this conference is to establish a meaningful dialogue among substance abuse prevention and problem gambling by focusing on strategies and tools that can facilitate the development of a strategic response to the various challenges in the field. This event is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, contracted agencies and grantees, and other service providers and stakeholders who are committed to the educational advancement of professionals.

How to Improve Media Coverage – and WHY! presented by Sonya Heitshusen with WHO TV, Tony Leys with the Des Moines Register, and Suzanne Hull with Contemporary Business Solutions

Does your program struggle with getting your message out to the community? Do you post on your social media, send out press releases, and hold media events, but no one seems to show up or hear your messages? This session will provide an overview of how to properly use social media and the press to start the conversation and reach your community with your messages and events. The session will include a facilitated panel discussion with members of the media, a social media expert, and a public health professional.

1. Identify which social networks best reach your intended target audience both for your brand and for your individual campaigns
2. Learn how to increase followers and engagement
3. Learn how to create overall brand awareness
4. Understand the media’s role in disseminating information
5. Learn how to build beneficial relations with the media
6. Equip participants with interview survival tips


2016 Iowa Craft Beer Tour

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.

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2016 Iowa Wine Tours

We enjoyed two Sunday afternoons in September visiting picturesque Central Iowa vineyards and wineries! We enjoyed wine tasting, education, vineyard tours and on-site shopping.

Wineries on the September 11th tour included Jasper Winery, Annelise Winery and La Vida Loca Winery. Wineries on the September 25th tour included Penoach Winery & Nursery, Madison County Winery and Covered Bridges Winery.

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2016 Iowa Downtown Conference

The 30th annual Iowa Downtown Conference was held August 2-4 in Mason City, Iowa. The event is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring states. I was honored to present during a break out session on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube best practices for organizations and events.

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Breakfast, Business and More, January 10, 2017!

by "Get it Done Girl" on October 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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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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We host quarterly networking events without the membership fees. We’ll provide each of you with a registrant list including name, business name and email address which makes follow-up easy! Your time is extremely valuable; that’s why you can expect our events to keep to the following schedule:

  • 8:00am – 8:15am: Register, grab breakfast and COFFEE!
  • 8:15am – 8:45am: Each individual introduces themselves to the large group with their name and the name of their business.
  • 8:45am – 9am: Open Networking

Parking: Free parking is available in the Plymouth Church parking lot.

Plymouth Church (Waveland 4)
4126 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (CDT)

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Metro Business Friends Networking Group

by "Get it Done Girl" on October 15, 2016 · 0 comments

in Networking

If you’re charged with business development within your organization or if you’re a free agent like myself, it’s good to be familiar with all of the free networking opportunities in the area.

Meet Metro Business Friends Networking Group. Meetings are every Thursday 8:30-9:30am. Some people arrive late or leave early depending on their family and business schedule. They ask that people attend at least once a month to maintain their exclusive job category.

One minute self-introductions are followed by a 10-20 minute presentation by a member, guest or outside expert. They finish up with announcements and general networking.

They meet on the 2nd floor at Price Chopper on 86th St. in Johnston. Each person may purchase their own food or beverage at the deli and proceed upstairs to the conference room. They currently have no membership fee.

Business Socials are hosted  4:30-7:00pm by Metro Friends on the 5th Thursday of the month (October 27th in 2016).

Hope to see you there!


Book Review: A Framework for Understanding Poverty; A Cognitive Approach

As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, The Meyvn Group‘s Business Book Club is up and running again!

Our most recent read was, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty; A Cognitive Approach” by Ruby Payne, PhD.

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The Association for Women in Communications – Des Moines Chapter

Last week, I had the please to speak to The Association for Women in Communications – Des Moines Chapter about how to create a winning LinkedIn profile and then how to use it to execute their marketing goals. What a great bunch of ladies!


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Urbandale Chamber Membership Luncheon

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:


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