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DSM Fellowship Program Welcomes Class of 2020-2022

September 1, 2020

(GREATER DES MOINES, IOWA) Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 — The second class of the DSM Fellowship Program, an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, held its virtual “kick off” session for the 2020-2022 class the morning of Aug. 5. This two-year program is a preeminent professional development initiative designed to attract, develop and retain a diverse community of top-tier talent as next-generation leaders in their companies and our community.

Participants are selected by companies throughout the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region to engage in four key program areas: civic engagement, leadership connections, professional development curriculum modules and social activities. Through the program, companies invest in developing high-potential young talent, while participants are exposed to opportunities designed to accelerate their professional and personal experiences through connections with business and community leaders. Sponsoring companies and the community at large also benefit from the Fellows’ increased understanding of, and engagement in, current and planned strategies to grow DSM.

The 2020-2022 class participant list is below:

Paige Bennett — Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Gina Costa — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Marina Gibbs — Farm Bureau Financial Services
Andy Han — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Chelsea Hanson — John Deere Financial
Josh Hilliard — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Sukriti Jain — Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Austin Jensen — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Mark Marrano — Nationwide
Abineu Mathema — Bankers Trust
Andrew Messerli — Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Tim Paulson — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Natalie Roberts — Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Brandon Rollefson — Farm Bureau Financial Services
Kole Ruud — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Kuuku Saah — Bankers Trust
Cody Schluenz — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Robyn Steffen — Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Bryan Swon — Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Tyler Tebo — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Jodi-Leigh Ward — John Deere Financial
Lexi White — Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Alysa Younkin — John Deere Financial

Find more information about the DSM Fellowship Program online or contact Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.