Capital Crossroads: Leadership in Action
Focus on Governance Capital
Hear from local leaders as they champion change through the Capital Crossroads Vision Plan. Join us to get the inside scoop on a different capital each quarter.
On November 18th, our panel will focus on the Governance Capital. Central Iowa
mayors will share how they are able to sustainably manage growth without sacrificing essential public services by adopting a new spirit of regional communication, coordination, and resources.
The panel of mayors include:
Mayor Robert Andeweg, Urbandale
Mayor Andeweg was elected in 2005 and served on the city council prior to this position. He practices primarily in the commercial real estate area at Nyemaster Goode, focusing on transactional, leasing development and valuation issues.
He is a Charter Class Graduate and Past Board Member of Leadership Urbandale, a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa. He served as commissioner and chairperson for the Urbandale Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mayor Sara Kurovski, Pleasant Hill
Mayor Kurovski is the first female mayor to be elected in the history of Pleasant Hill and is also the youngest in the Des Moines metro area. In 2014 she made the change from the public sector to the private sector and started her work as the Manager of Sustainability at Kum & Go.
Mayor Kurovski worked for Metro Waste Authority as an intern, where she quickly moved up throughout the organization working as the recycling coordinator, Environmental Compliance Manager, and later moved on to be the Operations Program Manager. This is where she led program management and development and was also a part of the first tier of landfills to participate in the Environmental Management System for the state.
Mayor Steven Gaer, West Des Moines
Mayor Gaer is currently serving his third as Mayor of West Des Moines, after serving eight years as a West Des Moines City Council Member.
He is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for R&R Realty Group. After ten years with Marsh & McLennan Companies, most recently as Managing Director responsible for the Affinity Group Insurance Program Division (formerly Kirke Van Orsdel, Incorporated), Mayor Gaer joined R&R Realty Group in April of 2004. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, he was with the Des Moines law firm of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. where he practiced as a shareholder and associate for nine years.
Moderator, Thomas Hadden, West Des Moines city manager
Thomas Hadden was appointed the West Des Moines City Manager in May of 2014. Prior to joining the City of West Des Moines, Hadden served as the Executive Director of Metro Waste Authority from 1996 to 2014. Under his leadership, Metro Waste provided environmentally sound and cost-effective services for 16 cities and Polk County. Hadden worked to advance solid waste management by developing and implementing the Environmental Management Systems across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area and state of Iowa.
- Free for dues-paying alumni at the Inspired Leader Level
- $10 for member alumni at the Connected Leader Level and current class members
- $15 for all other attendees
- Complimentary light breakfast and coffee