WDM Chamber Opens Registration for 4th Annual Athene Black and Brown Business Summit Presented by Wells Fargo

WEST DES MONES, IA (January 17, 2024) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) opens registration for the 4th Annual Athene Black and Brown Business Summit presented by Wells Fargo.

Set to take place on Thursday, April 18th, and Friday, April 19th, this event promotes diversity, inclusion, and empowerment in the local, statewide, and national minority business community. It offers practical discussions, dynamic speakers, workshops, and networking. The theme for this year is Dreamers, Innovators, and Trailblazers.

“The Athene Black and Brown Business Summit has become a pivotal event for our community, embodying the spirit of diverse collaboration and empowerment,” said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the WDM Chamber. “As we open registration for the 4th annual summit, we invite businesses, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to join us in creating a more inclusive and thriving business environment. This year's summit is set to be a catalyst for diverse growth, and inspiration, fostering inclusivity, and forging meaningful connections.”

The award-winning hybrid event, which had nearly 600 attendees in 2023, features keynote speakers, a pitch competition where contestants have won over $100,000 in the last three years, and 75 panelists covering a variety of important industry topics. Panelists are from diverse backgrounds and experiences, providing insights and in-depth discussions.

For those interested in attending the event, please visit https://wdmchamber.org/bbbsummit. Complimentary tickets will be offered to high school and college students courtesy of Future Innovator Sponsor, Drake Business Clinic. Students should register using their school-provided email address and use promo code STUDENT.

For media inquiries, please contact Everett Mullican, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at everett@wdmchamber.org, or call (515) 447-1010.

The Athene Black & Brown Business Summit would like to thank our sponsors of the event: Athene, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Bank, F&G, Shazam, Inc., African American Museum of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Paychex HR, Drake Business Clinic, and Black Capital Project/Iowa Core.
About the Athene Black & Brown Business Summit:
The Athene Black & Brown Business Summit is an annual event dedicated to providing a platform for Black and Brown professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders to share insights, inspire change, and foster connections. The summit serves as a catalyst for growth, empowerment, and collaboration within the community.

About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, established in 1924, is a dynamic organization dedicated to championing all things West Des Moines. With a focus on strengthening local businesses, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top-tier workforce, the Chamber aims to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. Celebrating a century of excellence, the Chamber boasts a diverse community of over 800 members, offering something for everyone. Explore the possibilities, learn more about the chamber, and discover how you can get involved in shaping the future of West Des Moines at wdmchamber.org.

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