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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Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40 Honors

A few weeks 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.

Being laid off six years ago was really a blessing in disguise; I needed that time to reflect on what I wanted out of my personal and professional life. I needed to meet people who earned a living without having a job. I needed to become comfortable being uncomfortable. I needed to realize that what I wanted out of this life was my choice.

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DMEHA Obtains Tax Exempt Designation!!!

As a follow-up to a post I wrote a few months ago about the founding of the Des Moines European Heritage Association, I’m pleased to announce that we received our tax exempt designation from the IRS!

A few days ago, I received a notice from the IRS (delivered in a hand-written-addressed envelope!), informing me that the non-profit Carrie Gosnell, Theresa Edman and I have been working on for about 6 months has been determined to be “exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3.” We’ve come such a long way in one year!

Des Moines European Heritage Association has also been classified as a public charity. We’ll take it!

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“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” Iowa Premiere

Over the past few months, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with WesleyLife and Lifespace Communities, in partnership with LeadingAge Iowa, to produce the Iowa Premiere of “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”.

WesleyLife and Lifespace Communities support the independence, health and well-being of older adults wherever they call home. These organizations want to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease and this movie couldn’t have done it better. This documentary chronicles country-music legend Glen Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease as he embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

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Mix and mingle with the Social Media Club Des Moines Board of Directors to learn what the Hashie Awards are all about! Chrissy, the owner of Domestica and a 2015 finalist for Best Company Use of Pinterest, will discuss her social media strategy and why she got involved.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Time: March 4, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Domestica
Street: 505 E. Grand Avenue
City/Town: Des Moines, IA 50309

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Football season may be coming to an end, but brands need to continue engaging with their audiences year round. This Super Bowl, which commercials were best in show? And, how can companies that can’t afford the pricey commercials still engage with consumers on social media during the big game?

During this event, you’ll have the chance to talk to some of the top advertising, digital, and marketing professionals around Des Moines to hear their thoughts on how brands can win during the Super Bowl. Panelists include:

  • Josh Fleming – Brand Counselor, Meyocks
  • Angela Ten Clay – Communication Manager, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Sara Mulholland – Digital Media Coordinator, Mercy Hospital

Tickets are $15 and include appetizers and beverages.

Time: February 9, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: TBD
Website or Map: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/…
Event Type: networking, education
Organized By: Social Media Club Des Moines

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