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The Legacy Project: Career Ready Collective

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The Career Ready Collective is a community-driven, career development program to prepare youth for the future of work. The program will introduce youth to professional skills that will increase their knowledge and confidence. Attendees will be inspired by nationally recognized keynote speakers, develop their professional skills and network with interns and business professionals from across the region. 

Program Details

The program will run over six weeks and meet every Friday. Participation in the program is free, but registration and parent/guardian permission are required. 

Some of the topic areas the program will focus on:  

  • Teamwork and collaboration 
  • Communication
  • Financial planning

Programming for the first five weeks will be on Fridays from 1 – 4 p.m. at Principal®. The celebration event on Friday, July 26 will go from Noon – 2 p.m. 

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Schedule of Events

Friday, June 14:

  • Keynote: Dau Jok, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at West Des Moines Community Schools 
  • Breakout Session Topics: Collaboration & Communication 

Friday, June 21:

  • Keynote: Eric Dominguez, Speaker, Trainer & Coach of Speak Up Stories – Building Confidence Through Integrity 
  • Breakout Session Topics: Professional Presence & Moral and Performance Character 

Friday, June 28:

  • Keynote: Billy Weathers, CEO & Co-Founder of B.Well Foundation – Artist and Creative 
  • Breakout Session Topics: Having Ripple Effect Networking Event with Lisa Even & Knowing and Telling Your Story 

Friday, July 12:

  • Keynote: Vanessa McNeal, Speaker & Coach – Can't Climb a Smooth Mountain 
  • Breakout Session Topics: Growth Mindset and Managing Stress 

Friday, July 19:

  • Keynote: Adam Carroll, Speaker & Founder of The Shred Method – Mastery of Money for Students 
  • Breakout Sessions: Personal Finance and the Goal Achievement Process 

Friday, July 26:

  • Keynote: Dan Houston, Chairman, President, and CEO of Principal 
  • Celebration Luncheon, Certificate Ceremony and Small Group Reflection 

Attendance is required at all six events to receive the certificate at the celebration luncheon on Friday, July 26. 

Have any questions? Contact Lexi Shafer, Director of Workforce at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, for more information. 

After registering, please print and have a parent/guardian sign the form below. Give this form to your program supervisor, or bring it to the kickoff session on Friday, June 14. 

Parent/Guardian Permission Form

The Career Ready Collective is funded by the Legacy Project, a fundraising initiative of the Principal® Charity Classic with support from Sammons Financial. To learn more about how you or your organization can support the Legacy Project please contact Principal Charity Classic staff at info@principalcharityclassic.com. 

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