Women in Leadership Focus of Leadership and Civility Lunch Series
Ann Taylor, VP of Marketing & Resource Development
The Wallace Centers of Iowa
Des Moines Westside Chamber
“Women in Leadership” is this year’s theme of The Wallace Centers of Iowa’s annual Leadership & Civility lunch series. The lunch program recognizes community leaders who demonstrate civility in their personal and professional lives. The lunches will be held at the Wallace House (756 16th Street, Des Moines) each Wednesday in April from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each of the four speakers will share her fascinating story as a woman in corporate and private sector leadership, what inspires her and what challenges she has faced.
April 6: Christina Moffat
Moffat owns Crème Cupcake + Dessert and is the regional director for the Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center. A graduate of DMACC and Iowa State University, Moffat also devotes her time and talents to local boards including the Women’s Reciprocity Group, Winefest Grand Cru, and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber, where she serves as 2011 President. Moffat has won several awards for her business including DSM Top List Best Bakery, Cityview’s Best Dessert, Sweet Equality Best Dessert, runner-up for the Iowa Mixology Competition and runner-up on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Moffat is also a Business Record’s 40 Under Forty, and the 2012 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner.
April 13: Lori Vande Krol
Vande Krol worked 13 years as an Actuary and Risk Manager before leaving the corporate world to found Life Made Simple, LLC in 2005. Her experience as a certified productivity consultant, corporate manager, wife and mom of three, and community volunteer provided her with a great understanding of how an organized and productive environment can impact all areas of life. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals and find balance in their lives, allowing more time for what matters most. Vande Krol is a member of the 2015 Greater Des Moines Leadership class and school volunteer.
April 20: Jann Freed, Ph.D.
Dr. Freed is a leadership development and change management consultant. She assists organizations and leaders by facilitating vision-based strategic planning and executive coaching. These planning efforts help organizations get from where they are to where they want to be. After a 30-year career at Central College, Jann is professor emerita of business management and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership and Character Development. Dr. Freed is active at Central Presbyterian Church and a member of the Women’s Leadership Connection of United Way.
April 27: Erin Kiernan
Kiernan anchors the 5, 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts at WHO-TV and writes and produces many investigative and “13 Cares” reports. The recipient of several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Kiernan earned a national award in 2012. Kiernan graduated from Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She volunteers at several non-profits and teaches fitness classes.
Participants can attend any or all of the lunches for $25/person, and reservations are required. Discounts are available for reserving all four programs and for groups of four or more. Contact Deborah Boyer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (515) 243-7063. Please provide prior notice of any dietary needs.
About Wallace Centers of Iowa
Winner of the 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, The Wallace Centers of Iowa hosts an annual civility luncheon series, as well as provides workplace civility and leadership training. The Wallace Centers of Iowa’s two locations include the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Together, the two historic sites provide educational programs and community services, produce sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables, and offer locally sourced meals.