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YPC 2016 Community Relations Chair

Young Professionals Connection 2016 Community Relations

October 9, 2016

Mandy McWherter

Young Professionals Connection (YPC) Board Position: Community Relations Chair

Hometown: Johnston, IA

Alma Mater: Iowa State University and Drake University

What do you do? I am the Communications Manager for the Technology Association of Iowa

What’s a day in your job like? Luckily at TAI, no two days are the same. Some days we are meeting with the Governor and Lt. Governor to discuss policy regarding computer science curriculum in Iowa schools, other days we are hosting Tech Town Halls and TechBrews across the state, and other days we are meeting with TAI members to learn the interesting projects they are working on to promote to Iowa's Technology Community.

What are your passions outside of work? When you’re not at work, what will we find you doing? I love politics! I try to volunteer for progressive organizations and candidates. I recently helped organize "The Political Party — Des Moines" and I am the incoming Chapter Director for New Leaders Council - a training organization for young progressive leaders. I also love animals and I'm working on a citizens committee to establish a dog park in Waukee. When I find a free weekend, I love to visit my parents at Lake of the Ozarks.

Where’s your favorite (something) in Greater Des Moines (DSM)? My favorite thing about Des Moines are the endless cultural and entertainment options. In the summer, there is something fun to do every night of the week and a great festival pretty much every weekend. We also have a ton of great local musicians and artists.

What is something you would like to see added or changed about Des Moines? I would love to see Des Moines invest in more public transit options to make commuting easier and to help lessen our carbon footprint as individuals having to drive everywhere.

What are your words to live by? "To whom much is given, much is required," famously quoted by JFK. I live a very fortunate life and feel responsible to give back to my community in every way I can through leadership, charity and volunteering.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC? I served on the Professional Development Committee for three years and chair the committee for one of those years. During my time on the Professional Development Committee, an event I am most proud of was the "Refresh Your LinkedIn" event where we offered attendees professional headshots.