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Then. Now. When.

An Educational Experience

For Leaders Closing the Racial Equity Gap

Transform your leadership practice to one that embraces racial equity as you seek to understand your role in creating a different future. The Then. Now. When. Educational Experience, presented by Nationwide, will give leaders a foundation in history, an understanding of local issues, encourage brave conversations, and result in meaningful action. 

Here’s how we’ll do it:

  • Then. We will use The New York Times’ 1619 Project and other resources to provide a look at our history through the critical lens of chattel slavery – the practice of enslaving people to be bought and sold. Lean into your discomfort to gain an understanding of how this practice created systems of oppression.
  • Now. Experts from Iowa and across the country will provide perspective on the beliefs and systems of oppression that continue to exist in Greater Des Moines today. Prepare for the picture of our community’s issues to become clearer.    
  • When. You will be challenged to identify how you can use your personal and professional influence to intentionally help our community close the racial equity gap. Make a commitment to turning when into our new now.  
The 1619 Project was created by Iowa-native and New York Times journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Then. Now. When. Educational Experience will culminate on April 8th when Hannah-Jones will speak in a virtual presentation to the community. 




Jan. 22, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Setting the Stage

Jan. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wealth Gap

Mar. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Undemocratic Democracy

Mar. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mass Incarceration

Mar. 31, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Taking Action

Apr. 8, time TBD

Virtual presentation by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Iowa native and creator of the 1619 Project


To reduce barriers to participation, this program (valued at $500) is being

made available at no cost. You can help!


Donate to the Leadership Institute, an independent 501c3, to help reduce barriers and support leaders on their equity and inclusion journeys.


Support with a sponsorship! Email for more information.

Then. Now. When. and the Nikole Hannah-Jones lectures have been organized in collaboration with and support from multiple Greater Des Moines organizations, including:


African American Leadership Academy

Bankers Trust

Capital Crossroads

City of Des Moines

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Delta Dental

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Des Moines Business Record

Des Moines University

The Directors Council

EMC Insurance Companies

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University

Hola Iowa & Hola America

Kum & Go

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation


Polk County Housing Trust Fund

State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

United Way of Central Iowa

Urban Experience Magazine

Thought Leadership Provided by:

Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton (CLP '14), Corteva Agriscience

Tracy Duran (CLP '16), Des Moines Art Center

Dr. Anindita Das (CLP '19), Iowa 4-H

Bridget Cravens-Neely (CLP '11), Nationwide

Dylan Mullenix (CLP '17), Des Moines MPO

Mee Yang-Lee, Inspired Action, LLC
And a team of Leadership Institute racial equity champions.


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