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Registering for an Event

Registration for each event opens approximately one month in advance. Registration typically closes two days before the event so that we can inform the caterer of how many lunches we will need.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. If you cannot use a credit card, please request an invoice when you register and you can pay at the door with cash or check. (No credit cards at the door.)

If a conflict arises after you have registered and before the registration period ends, we will refund your registration fee. Just email and let us know that you have to cancel. Once the registration period ends (typically 2-3 days before the event), refunds are no longer available.

2018-2019 Tentative Schedule


September 19, 2018 - Workplace Communication and Intervention to End Harassment with Kirsten Anderson

The MeToo movement has shone a bright light on many inequities in the workplace. With the spotlight on, it is time to start speaking up, drawing the line, and making work a place to just do work. This working session will focus on confidence-building, intervention, and appropriate communication tactics to handle any workplace situation that comes your way. You will be able to confidently say you turned #metoo into #Isaidsomething. Kirsten Anderson, advocate for harassment-free workplaces and Founder, Equitas Solutions, will open our 2018-19 program year with this important discussion.

Kirsten Anderson is on a mission to end workplace harassment through education. She found herself an unlikely advocate for those facing harassment in the workplace after she took a stand against her former employer: the State of Iowa. On May 17, 2013, she was fired from her job Communications Director for Iowa Senate Republicans after filing her fourth complaint about repeated harassment and retaliatory behavior by staff and lawmakers at the Iowa Statehouse. She sued the State of Iowa and Iowa Senate Republicans for wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation and won. Kirsten has a degree in broadcast journalism and is a 2008 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute graduate. She is President of the Greater Des Moines Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications.

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The one-hour luncheon will be presented from 12:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in the second floor David L. Miller Conference Center at West Bank, 1601 22nd Street, West Des Moines.

Find out more about Kirsten's mission on her website, You can contact her at and connect on the following social media:

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Sept. 27—Coffee and Conversation
Join us for our first AWC Coffee & Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 am at Caribou Coffee, 3320 Ingersoll Ave. Our hostess will be Kirsten Anderson, and we'll be following up on her presentation on Workplace Communication and Intervention to End Harassment. As founder of Equitas Solutions, Kirsten is working to Turn #metoo into #isaidsomething. 

If you can't attend Kirsten's presentation, you can still join the conversation at the coffee. If you have questions or comments after the presentation, the coffee gives you a chance to share them.

RSVP for 9/27 coffee 
Registration is not required, but we do encourage RSVPs. Members, guests, and non-members are welcome. Questions? Contact us at

Oct. 10—GDPR Workshop at BrownWinnick (space limited to 35)
GDPR — Standardized data protection rules already affect those in the United States communicating with customers in the EU. Similar regulations may soon become law in the United States. 

In this information-packed workshop, Attorneys with the BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines will share information on what companies should be doing now and in the future for collecting and storing customer data. They will also cover best practices for privacy policies. 

In addition, Megan Howard, Manager, Information Security with Pratum will share the best methods for protecting against data breaches.  

8:00 am: Registration, networking, light breakfast
8:30–10:00 am: Presentation and Q&A

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Oct. 19—Luncheon: Women Candidates and Messaging with Mary Ellen Miller of 50-50 in 2020
This election cycle has seen "a surge of women candidates," reports The New York Times. Mary Ellen Miller, Executive Director of 50-50 in 2020, will present a nonpartisan analysis of why more women are seeking office and the differences in the ways men and women in politics present themselves. She will discuss the challenges women candidates face in framing and branding their messages and how this new generation is less afraid to be their authentic selves on the campaign trail.

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Learn more about 50-50 in 2020

2018-2019 Program Year Schedule

The following is a list of planned events for the program year. These are subject to change and not all speakers and locations have been confirmed, so watch this space and your email for updated information.

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018: Coffee and Conversation - follow-up discussion of September's luncheon presentation.
  • October 10, 2018 Workshop - What Communicators Need to Know About GDRP and Privacy Policies
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Luncheon - Women Candidates and Messaging with Mary Ellen Miller of 50/50 in 20/20
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - W3: Wine, Women, and Wisdom (after work)
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Emotional Intelligence, Luncheon at West Bank
  • December 2018 - Holiday Members Only Luncheon
  • January 16, 2019- Closing the Confidence Gap, Luncheon at West Bank
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Coffee and Conversation
  • Wednesday, February 20v - Using You Tube to Spread Your Message, Luncheon at West Bank
  • Tuesday, March 5v - W3: Wine, Women, and Wisdom
  • Wednesday, March, 2019 13 - First Amendment Rights - Corporate/Employee
  • Wednesday, April, 2019 17 - Crafting Your Corporate Statement - Luncheon at West Bank
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 - W3: Wine, Women and Wisdom
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Branding for Personal Growth - Luncheon at West Bank
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Spring Workshop

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