Ready to step up your social media game this year?  Join Social Media Club Des Moines and Hashie Award winners Happy Medium for great advice on making 2017 your best year of social media yet.

We will be discussing what’s to come in the following months on all your favorite platforms, offering up tricks and tips (especially for video and Facebook Live!) and having fun along the way.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for SMCDSM professional members, and $5 for students. Refreshments will be served.

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DSM – 1 Million Cups

by "Get it Done Girl" on January 28, 2017 · 0 comments

in Des Moines,Free Agency,Networking

Have you checked out 1 Million Cups yet?

From their website:

“Join us every Wednesday from 8-9:30AM at the Science Center in downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.”

FREE PARKING is available in the parking garage just across the street from the main entrance of the Science Center of Iowa in downtown Des Moines.


Association Management Services

by "Get it Done Girl" on January 27, 2017 · 0 comments

in Free Agency,freelance,small biz

Membership organizations with fewer than 100 members usually have great success leveraging their member volunteers to keep the organization running smoothly.

Membership organizations with more than 100 members oftentimes require the support of an individual that can take care of the following on a part-time basis. Below are a few ways I can help:


  • Provide general liaison work for the board.
  • Manage all documentation according to the membership organization’s chapter documentation retention guidelines.
  • Coordinate board meetings and attend board and committee meetings as required.

Administrative and Facilities Services

  • Provide storage for permanent records and supplies.
  • File bi-annual report for Iowa Nonprofit Corporations.
  • Act as the point of contact for the membership organization.

Financial Services

  • Receive dues payments, post entries and maintain financial accounts.
  • Process deposits and reconcile bank statements monthly.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and income/expense summaries.
  • Prepare year-end financial statements.
  • Arrange for annual tax filings.
  • Work with accounting firm to complete annual income tax returns and audits.

Publications and Communications

  • Provide routine communications to members via website, email and mail.
  • Maintain an up-to-date email address list of members.


  • Maintain the membership organization’s membership database.

Meeting Management

  • Make arrangements for monthly meetings.
  • Manage all room set-ups and catering needs.
  • Manage advance registration and process credit card payments.
  • Prepare nametags.
  • Provide on-site supervision of registration check-in process.


2016 Iowa Prevention Conference

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

in Free Agency,Social Media

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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