2015 Iowa Craft Beer Tour

by "Get it Done Girl" on May 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Creativity,Des Moines,Free Agency

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. www.iowacraftbeertour.com



Book Review: Who’s Got Your Back by Keith Ferrazzi

Also known as, “Who’s Got Your Back: The breakthrough program to build deep, trusting relationships that create success – and won’t let you fail.

Forget about trying to be successful on your own. It’s difficult and not all that fun. This book talks about creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships”, deep, close relationships with a few key trusted individuals who will offer the encouragement, feedback and generous mutual support we all need to reach our goals. Accountability!

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Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) Summer Bus Tour

I always learn something when I go on these bus tours! Check out my posts from the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013bus tours!

This Bus Tour focused on housing inventory. Two years ago, PCHTF set its sights on becoming the expert and “go to”organization for affordable housing. PCHTF engaged Iowa State University to do a comprehensive inventory assessment of affordable housing units in Polk County. This inventory will form the basis for all PCHTF funding decisions moving forward.

The Summer Bus Tour was an introduction to the recently released second installment of this study taking into consideration the question, “To what extent does the existing supply of affordable housing in Polk County match with the existing need for affordable housing?”.

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Adding Captions to Your YouTube Video

Is your target audience multilingual? Perhaps they are heading impaired? This fact shouldn’t prevent you from taking advantage of the benefits of video.

YouTube makes it easy to add captions to your video. The easiest way to do this is to create a caption file which includes the text of what was said in the video and time codes for when captions should display. Here are some examples of formats that YouTube supports.

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Breakfast, Business & More

by "Get it Done Girl" on May 11, 2015 · 0 comments

in Des Moines,Networking

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.

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

Click here to Register!


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.


135 attendees took part in 18 concurrent sessions and were treated to four diverse keynote speakers. This fundraising conference provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss, teach and learn best practices from each other and fundraising experts.


The Mid-America Conference was initiated in 1986. At that time the conference was sponsored by the Nebraska and Iowa Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The first conference was held at the Omaha Marriott Hotel and was chaired by Russ Raker.


The Mid-America Conference is the longest running multi-state chapter conference in the United States. The Mid-America AFP Chapters share a heritage of involvement and activity providing high quality conferences throughout the plains states.


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.

Our most recent experience was volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa. Our Co-Hort provided a home-cooked meal for guests.

Their Mission

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

  • Focusing on the critical needs of children.
  • Celebrating the diversity of our people and programs
  • Valuing our heritage.
  • Operating with accountability and transparency.

Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.


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