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WDM Chamber Announces Keynote, Mentors for Sixth Annual Mentoring for Women Conference

February 15, 2023

WEST DES MONES, IA (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2023) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) is proud to announce its keynote speaker and mentors for its sixth annual Mentoring for Women Conference in partnership with the Clive Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place on March 8th from 7:00am – 11:00am at The Rewind Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa featuring keynote speaker Renee Hardman - Chief Diversity Equity Inclusion Officer & Vice President of Human Resources, Broadlawns Medical Center and Councilwoman, City of West Des Moines.

“We are intentional about amplifying and supporting women in our community and region,” said Katherine Harrington, President & CEO of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. “This is one of our most sought-after events and brings together some of the most diverse, influential thought leaders in small coaching sessions, so women learn firsthand from others about how to be a super success in career and in life.”

The mentoring event includes four, thirty-minute coaching sessions by mentors with approximately 10 attendees per table. This year’s mentors include:

Lisa Behrends - Development Director & Keynote Speaker / YSS; Nyra M. Bottley - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager / Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines; Crystal Brown – Branch Manager AVP, West Des Moines Branch / Wells Fargo N.A.; Kenia Calderon Ceron - VP, Bilingual Business Development Director / GreenState Credit Union; Carole Chambers - Retired CEO / Dress For Success Career Center Coordinator; Anne Cooper - SVP Chief Human Resources Officer / Sammons Financial Group; Bridget Cravens-Neely - CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa; Co-Owner, Bottle & Bottega Des Moines; Shea Daniels - Engineering Manager / Dwolla; Kelly Field - Corporate Relations Specialist / IMT Insurance; Christy Gooding - Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications / F&G; Sherry Gupta - Executive Director / CultureALL; Renee Hardman - Chief Diversity Equity Inclusion Officer & Vice President of Human Resources and West Des Moines City Councilwoman; Annette Jorden - Director, Talent Development / LCS; Susan Judkins - Client Development Director / RDG Planning & Design; Dr. Rachelle K. Keck - President / Grand View University; Ali Kraayenbrink - Managing Partner, Director of Business Development & Marketing / Vesel Technology; Mary Kramer - Author, Keynote Speaker, Business Leadership Consultant, US Ambassador (Retired); Kourtney Perry - Owner/Founder, Privacy, LLC & Owner/Founder, Ladie Lex Scented Candles; Allison Petersen - Insurance Agent for Comparion Insurance, a Liberty Mutual Company & WDM Chamber 2022 Ambassador of the Year; Courtney Reyes - Executive Director / One Iowa; Suzanne Ryan - Personal Financial Coach / T&H Financial Coaching, LLC; Courtney Shaw - Senior Vice President of Communications / Greater Des Moines Partnership; Liza Veren - SVP, Human Capital / Athene

Mentoring for Women is co-sponsored by Jordan Creek Town Center. Tickets are $37.00 for members and $47.00 for non-members of the WDM Chamber. To register and learn more, visit www.wdmchamber.org or click on the link here

About the WDM Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. A 2022 ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalist, the WDM Chamber produces programs and events for everyone. Learn more about the WDM Chamber and how to get involved at wdmchamber.org.