WEST DES MONES, IA (January 31, 2024) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced speakers for its February Luncheon: Uplifting A Diverse Workforce – LGBTQ+ Leaders presented by Bank Iowa, supported by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, and featuring a nonprofit spotlight, West Des Moines Soccer Club. This event will feature a panel of influential leaders from five statewide LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations, each dedicated to serving employees, neighbors, and the broader community.

Featured Leaders:

  • Becky Tayler – Executive Director | Iowa Safe Schools
  • Eric Shepard – Artistic Director | Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Courtney Reyes – Executive Director | One Iowa
  • Wes Mullins – Executive Director | Capital City Pride
  • Dan Jansen – Board Chair | LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Audrey Kennis – Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | City of West Des Moines
Participants can expect to gain insights into best practices, policies, and initiatives that support LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. The luncheon offers a unique opportunity to learn from these influential leaders, exchange ideas, and network with other business professionals.

"We believe that building a world-class culture in businesses starts with embracing diversity and inclusion,” said Katherine Harrington, President & CEO of the WDM Chamber. “This luncheon provides a platform to learn from experts and advocates who have been instrumental in championing LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity in the workplace.”

The event is set to take place on Thursday, February 15 at The Rewind Hotel in West Des Moines. Those interested in attending can learn more and register via the WDM Chamber’s website.
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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