Speaker Meetings

Speaker meetings are held the third Friday of each month at Des Moines Golf and Country Club






Friday, December 14

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Gary Slater

CEO / Manager
Iowa State Fair

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Gary has served as the CEO / Manager of the Iowa State Fair for over 17 years.


Friday, October 19

7:00 AM @ Confluence Brewing Company

John Martin

President, Co-Founder, and Head Brewer
Confluence Brewing Company

In 2012, John Martin left his job in construction management to follow a longtime passion: brewing beer. The result is Confluence Brewing Company, which he opened with co-founder Ken Broadhead and which has grown into a popular fixture in Des Moines.


Friday, September 21

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Julie Schneider

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Julie joined the agency after receiving her degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Each day, she is a part of the behind-the-scenes work of caring for kids. Her role is to advance YESS' mission through fundraising, community relations, and daily business operations.


Friday, August 17

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Brian Hemesath

Managing Director
Global Insurance Accelerator

The Global Insurance Accelerator is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting insurtech startups targeting the global insurance industry.


Friday, July 20

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Sherri Nielsen

President & CEO
Easter Seals Iowa

Easter Seals Iowa is a leader in supporting individuals with disabilities and dedicated to providing exceptional services to the clients, families and community they serve.


Friday, June 15

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Tim Pearson

Executive Director
Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB

Tim is the Executive Director for Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB, an amazing organization with the mission to find the best outcomes for abused and neglected children -- every child, every time.


Friday, May 18

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Lance Henning

President / Executive Director
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Lance has served as President and Executive Director for the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for 14 years. He oversees the Habitat for Humanity's mission in the Des Moines area to build homes, neighborhoods, and hope.


Friday, April 20

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Scott Siepker

Iowa Nice Guy
Actor, Writer, Producer, and Filmmaker

Scott Siepker is an actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker. Scott started off as a stage actor at Iowa State University, where he received his bachelor degree in psychology. Scott has gone on to co-found the film company, Iowa Filmmakers, which has been responsible for the Iowa Nice series of hit videos that included a two season run on ESPNU’s College Football Daily. Though Scott is best known for his work as the Iowa Nice Guy, he is a versatile, veteran actor of stage and screen, drama and comedy.


Friday, March 23

7:00 AM @ The Hall DSM

Nick Kuhn

Managing Partner
The Hall at the Foundry

The Hall is where you can meet your friends, or make a hundred new ones. Where tables are long and conversations are longer. Where cocktails are crafted and the food is served fresh from your favorite food trucks. Where a refurbished railcar building is not only a location, but also the center of conversation. Where music plays, games are on, communities connect—and all are welcome.


Friday, February 17

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Ryan Crane

Director of Advancement
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

For more than 40 years, the Community Foundation has been working closely with donors, local leaders and hundreds of nonprofit organizations. They are a planner, convener, and catalyst in issues important to the Greater Des Moines community and leverage their resources with others to support crucial community initiatives and create real change. 


Friday, January 19

7:00 AM @ Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Aiddy Phomvisay

Central Campus

Aiddy Phomvisay is in his second year as Director of Central Campus. His previous leadership experiences include Assistant Director of Central Campus, Associate Principal West Des Moines Valley High School, and Principal Marshalltown High School. Mr. Phomvisay was named 2014 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year.


Charity Events

Summer Party

Come enjoy amazing food, listen to a great band, and relax with a beverage of your choice at this fun summer event.

Golf Outing

A best-shot event held at top courses around the Des Moines area. Lots of prizes, on-course beverages, lunch, and a raffle.

Wild Boar

An off-road obstacle course designed to push participants through a series of challenges that will test both speed and agility.

CBC Blog

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