West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Launches Visionary Leaders Forum in Honor of its 100th Anniversary in 2024

WEST DES MOINES, IA (TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2024) - The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber), a pillar of the business community, is proud to announce the launch of the Visionary Leaders Forum in collaboration with the Principal® Financial Network of Central Iowa. The Visionary Leaders Forum is a prestigious gathering of top CEOs and thought leaders poised to shape the future of business and innovation within our community and beyond. This initiative is part of the WDM Chamber's commemoration of its 100-year anniversary in 2024.  


The inaugural event of the Visionary Leaders Forum is set for February 2nd, 2024, and will feature Mr. Dan Houston, Chairman, President, and CEO of Principal Financial Group®. Known for his influential leadership in the Des Moines region and beyond, Mr. Houston is a sought-after speaker and thought leader. This invitation-only event sets the stage for a year of insightful discussions and collaborative endeavors. 


We are very excited about this inaugural event featuring Dan Houston, said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the WDM Chamber, He is the epitome of an innovator and visionary and we are looking forward to learning from him and bringing top leaders together.” 


The Visionary Leaders Forum, aptly titled "Where Innovators Converge," aims to bring together the most esteemed leaders, including members of the WDM Chamber’s President's Council, and a carefully selected group of CEOs from the region. Membership in this elite community offers numerous benefits, including: 


Foster Crucial Connections: Forge relationships with a diverse network of cross-sector influencers and industry visionaries, transcending boundaries to unlock new opportunities for growth. 


Candid, Off-the-Record Conversations: Engage in frank discussions with peers, sharing experiences, challenges, and successes in a confidential environment. 


Influence the Future: Contribute to shaping the future of business in Iowa by addressing key issues that impact not only businesses but the world at large. 


Peer Support and Inspiration: Join a supportive community of fellow CEOs, offering advice, inspiration, and fresh perspectives to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. 


The Visionary Leaders Forum will host a series of six exclusive events throughout the year, featuring renowned thought leaders from around the world, providing access to cutting-edge ideas and innovative strategies. Katherine Harrington, President & CEO of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, leads the Forum, ensuring that each gathering is an enriching experience for all participants. 


Membership in the Visionary Leaders Forum is by invitation only, guaranteeing a group of the most influential and forward-thinking leaders in the region. WDM Chamber Presidents Council Members are automatically extended an invitation, while others interested in joining this elite group may contact Katherine Harrington directly for more information at katherine@wdmchamber.org or 515-689-4447. 


The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce extends its gratitude to Principal Financial Network of Central Iowa for their support in making this thought leadership event series possible. 


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. 


®Principal Financial Group (Nasdaq: PFG) is a global financial company with 19,500 employees passionate about improving the wealth and well-being of people and businesses. In business for more than 140 years, we're helping more than 61 million customers plan, protect, invest, and retire, while working to support the communities where we do business, and build a diverse, inclusive workforce. Principal is proud to be recognized as one of the 2023 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere, a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, and a "Best Places to Work in Money Management." Learn more about Principal and our commitment to building a better future at .  1 
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