Drake Divas

An amazing colleague told me about Drake Divas a few weeks ago. I attended their first networking event last week and it was such an amazing and unique experience!


Drake Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Jennie Baranczyk, invites all professional women in the Des Moines area to become Drake Divas. A Drake Diva is a strong woman who is confident, comfortable in her own skin, and inspires others to feel the same way. Coach Baranczyk will lead discussions on leadership, teamwork and integrity as they relate to your everyday life. You will leave feeling motivated and empowered.

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Global Vision Week Panel

Earlier this year, I was asked to sit on the advisory board of World Languages at Grand View University. The advisory board works with the World Languages Department as an outside resource to help the department meet their goals. One of the department’s goals is to create an awareness of and interest in foreign language classes and majors offered at Grand View University.


To that end, I participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Professional Opportunities Beyond Your Mother Language”. My co-panelists included Americans who have worked or are working in another language/country and others who came to the United States, have learned English and are now utilizing their native languages in their professions.

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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, “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon.

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2016 Iowa Wine Tours

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

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Enjoy a Sunday afternoon (September 11th & 25th, 2016 to be exact) visiting three picturesque Central Iowa vineyards and wineries! Enjoy wine tasting, education, vineyard tours and on-site shopping.

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

Price per person of $55 includes ticketing fees, round-trip transportation, bottled water and snacks on-board the bus. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

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  • Bring other beverages you would like to drink on the bus during the afternoon. I’ll bring a few coolers with ice.
  • Buy bottles at the vineyards – you can bring wine bottles on the bus with you.
  • Eat a good, solid lunch so you’ll be ready for the afternoon.


Get your Tickets to the September 11th, 2016 Iowa Wine Tour


June Best of Contemporary Business Solutions

by "Get it Done Girl" on June 29, 2016 · 0 comments

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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

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 entitled, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” is co-authored by Gary Chapman who also wrote, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts“.

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Iowa Wine Tour

I have a lot of fun producing DSM Sushi Roll, so I thought I’d apply the same concept to another of life’s indulgences – WINE!

In September, we visited three Central Iowa wineries/vineyards including education, tastings, on-site shopping and vineyard tours.


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BoardLaunch – IRS Tax Workshop: For Small & Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines in conjunction with the Drake Law School and the Drake Legal Clinic partnered with the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organization Division to present the national touring IRS Tax Workshop: For Small and Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations. This workshop, taught by experienced IRS Exempt Organization Specialists, explained the nuts and bolts of what 501(c)(3) entities must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. Throughout this full-day workshop, we learned the benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status, unrelated business income, employment classifications and requirements, overview of the 990 form, required disclosures and more.


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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.

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