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Diversity Event Update

Young Professionals Connection Dinner Around Des Moines

*We take a break in the middle of the "10 in 10 Blog Series" to update on an exciting event that recently occured with the Diversity Committee. Next week we continue with the last 5 blogs for the "10 in 10" series. 

This time ‘Dinner Around Des Moines’ found us on the east side at Pueblo Viejo. We enjoyed great Mexican food and the company of friends. More than thirty of Greater Des Moines’ (DSM's) young professionals joined the Diversity Committee on June 18 to socialize and develop a greater understanding of different cultures.

Speed Networking

After a brief meet and greet, we all took part in a speed-networking session where the questions ranged from ‘What is your favorite holiday?’ to ‘What has been your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?’ Every two minutes we rotated to new people and asked them new questions. It was a great time that struck up plenty of fun conversations and laughs.

After dinner we listened to some of the employees talk about the history of the restaurant, the backgrounds of its staff and their personal experiences. Our group then closed out the night out with a raffle wherein we had to write something in Spanish about YPC or the event. Several participants were randomly selected to have their Spanish phrases read out loud to the group. They won YPC T-shirts! My Spanish may have been a little rusty, but we all had a good laugh.

Upcoming Diversity Events

Next up for the Diversity Committee is our Diversity Cup on August 1. Check out the YPC calendar for more details!

If you’d like to help out with future events, would like to share your experiences, or simply want to learn more about Des Moines’ diversity, please join our committee meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at Panera Bread downtown on 10th street at 6 p.m. 

Aaron Kirchenberg
Diversity Committee Member

Young Professionals Connection (YPC)

The Young Professionals Connection (YPC) promotes an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines (DSM). YPC connects young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC members have unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally and forge lasting relationships. They engage, connect and form a foundation for their future in DSM. YPC is an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.