Upcoming events

    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hybrid Format; Zoom or In-person at 700 Locust St. Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309

    2021 Public Service Symposium

    October 12, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

    Join the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and the Young Professionals Connection (YPC) for the hybrid Public Service Symposium event. There will be a combination of networking, roundtable discussions and keynote speakers. Learn more about joining the appropriate boards in your communities and engaging in public servantship. Come prepared with your questions so that you can take full advantage of the speakers' wisdom and experience.

    4:45 - 5:00 p.m. How to Make an Impact in Your Community

    • Monika Owczarski, Founder, Sweet Tooth Farms                   

    5:00 - 5:40 p.m. Roundtable Discussions

    • Dwana Bradley, Editor in Chief of Urban Experience Magazine and Chair of Des Moines Public School Board
    • Ashley Hunt, Founder, IAstrategies

    ​5:40 - 6:00 p.m. Keynote Panel

    • State Representative Eddie Andrews
    • Betty Andrews, President, Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conferences of Branches

    Registrations for this event are being taken through the Partnership website.
    • 19 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom Platform - Link will be sent out to registrants

    Would you like to connect your passion, purpose, and values to meaningful community involvement? Would you find value in learning from experienced community leaders? 

    The Community Connect program inspires individuals to purposefully engage in Greater Des Moines as a result of relationships with mentors and a curriculum that encourages discovery of personal values and passions and goal setting.

    This free session will provide you all of the information needed to decide whether Community Connect is right for you and how to apply. Read more about the program and see the dates for 2022. 

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Jesse's Embers, 3301 Ingersoll Ave. Des Moines

    Dialogue 515: Iowa Supper Clubs
    October 20th

    Join us for a very special – and tasty! – Dialogue 515 where alum Megan Bannister (CLP ‘18), author of the book Iowa Supper Clubs, will lead us through a discussion about the delicious details of an Iowa staple at Jesse's Embers, one of Des Moines’ most notable supper clubs.

    From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of Midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Opened in 1912, the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids is one of Iowa’s oldest supper clubs. In their heyday, Iowa supper clubs were also home to nefarious activities, with frequent visits from mobsters, bootlegged beverages and illegal gambling. Supper clubs like Archie’s Waeside and Breitbach’s Country Dining have even won James Beard Awards.

    Iowa Supper Clubs is available for purchase at Beaverdale Books, Storyhouse Bookpub, Barnes & Noble, and through Amazon/Kindle.  

    Participation in Dialogue 515 is open to 2021 alumni member donors at all levels. Light appetizers will be served. Cocktails available for purchase.


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