Leigh Anne Tuohy

Leigh Anne is a daring motivational speaker and  a New York Times best-selling author who has lectured for a broad spectrum of audiences. Her personal journey was later documented in Michael Lewis’ New York Times best-selling 2006 story The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which follows Oher from his impoverished beginnings, to how Leigh Anne and Sean adopted him, to reaching football success. In 2009, the book was adapted into the film The Blind Side in which Sandra Bullock portrayed Leigh Anne in an Academy Award-winning role. Leigh Anne and her family’s inspirational journey is proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we can make the world a better place and perhaps, even save a life. More at https://www.facebook.com/TheLeighAnneTuohy

Jack Stack

Jack Stack, President, and CEO of SRC Holdings and best-selling author of The Great Game of Business will speak at Prairie Meadows Conference Center at the fourth-annual Central Iowa Business Conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. 

Jack Stack has been called one of the “top 10 minds in small business” by Fortune Magazine and Inc. Magazine has heralded him as the “smartest strategist in America.” As a pioneer of a model called open-book management, he has helped SRC Holdings create thousands of jobs and increased its stock value by over 360,000%.

Justin Patton

Justin Patton is an international speaker and certified Executive Coach who believes to be a great leader of others; you must first be a great leader of yourself.

His experience has allowed him to coach leaders in some of the top Fortune 500 organizations, NCAA athletes, and women competing in the Miss America and Miss USA organizations.

Justin earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville, is a faculty member for the US Chamber of Commerce, has expertise in body language and executive presence, and is the author of the bestselling book, Bold New You: 6 Breakthroughs to Playing Bigger in Leadership, Business, and Life and Unleashing Potential: Confidence.

Justin’s high-energy style will keep you engaged and his message will challenge you to communicate and lead more effectively in every part of your life.

Lunch Panel Discussion: How to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption

Moderator: Joey Hinke | President | Miller, Fidler & Hinke

Panel Moderator, Joey Hinke founded J.A. Hinke & Company in 2009 and merged with Miller & Fidler Insurance Agency in 2011, forming Miller Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency where he serves today as President & CEO. Joey’s vision for the company focuses on the Client Experience, Corporate Culture & Growth while promoting Personal Growth and Family. He has a passion for serving others.



Reynolds Cramer | CEO | Fareway

Cramer’s 34-year history with Fareway dates back to when he began working in the Boone Fareway store at just 16 years old. While attending college, he worked in the Decorah Fareway store in the meat department for three years. When speaking of this experience, Cramer explains, “I knew it would be important to understand all aspects of our business and why our meat departments are second to none.”

After working in two stores as Assistant Manager, he was promoted in 1997 to store manager, opening the then new SE 22nd Street Fareway store in Des Moines. In 2000, he was promoted to District Supervisor at the corporate office in Boone, where he began working with different  territories of stores. In 2008, he was elected to the Real Estate Committee and has been instrumental in the strategic placement of new Fareway locations. In 2009, Cramer was elected to the Board of Directors for Fareway, and in 2010, Cramer was promoted to Regional Vice President. In 2012, he was promoted to Executive Vice President overseeing all retail operations.

Cramer’s promotion to CEO for Fareway Stores Inc. occurred in February 2014. In addition to his responsibilities with Fareway, Cramer is active in many charitable organizations, including MDA, ChildServe, Easter Seals, and served as President for Variety-the Children’s Charity. Cramer is also a board member of the Iowa Business Council.  He is also an advocate for animal rescue, having adopted several animals from various rescue organizations.

A native Iowan and graduate of Boone High School in 1987 and Luther College in 1991, Cramer and his wife Sheila live in Ames with his three children.

Michele Wilkie | SVP Administration | Prairie Meadows

Michele Wilkie joined the Prairie Meadows team in 1993, and transitioned to the Human Resource Department in 1996 where she worked as Training Specialist, Training Manager, Training/Recruiting Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resource Director and Vice President of Human Resources prior to her promotion to Senior Vice President of Administration in 2021.

Working at Prairie Meadows has provided Michele unique opportunities throughout her career, including participation in the City of Altoona’s Citizens Police Academy and serving as a Speaker at the Iowa Gaming Association’s Women in Gaming Conference.

Michele earned a BA and an MBA from the University of Iowa as well as certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Certified Plan Sponsor Professional (CPSP). Michele is also a 2004 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Transformational Leadership Program. She has been active in numerous management initiatives and committees at Prairie Meadows including responsible gaming, employer of choice, enterprise efficiency, diversity, employee education, alcohol awareness and JACKPOT guest service. She also co-authored Prairie Meadows University (PMU), the succession program currently utilized by Prairie Meadows.

Michele has served in the community on the following boards of directors: Central Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (2001-2007), PCM School Board (2006-2013), PCM School Board President (2008-2010) and Vice President (2007, 2011), Special Olympics of Iowa Board of Directors (2017-2021) and the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa (2021-Present).

Tony Coleman | President & CEO | Broadlawns Medical Center

Anthony B. Coleman, DHA is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadlawns Medical Center. He assumed his responsibilities on December 6, 2021.

Anthony (Tony) was born and raised in Southern California and enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving onboard warships in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. After completing two full sea tours, Tony was commissioned as a Naval Officer. While in graduate school, Tony worked in a rural South Carolina hospital where he discovered his passion for eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations.

During his tenure as a Naval Officer, Tony served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including: Department Head, Medical Administrative Officer onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) and CFO and Executive Board Member at Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina. Some highlights of his 20-year military career include earning the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation, Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification and the Executive Medicine additional qualifying designator. While in the military, Tony received a Secretary of Defense appointment to serve as a United States Senate Youth Program Military Mentor and served as Treasurer of the National Association of Health Services Executives, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the advancement and development of African American health care leaders and to elevate the quality of healthcare services rendered to minority and underserved communities.

Tony is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and holds the dual distinction of being an Executive Development Program Fellow and Executive Diversity Scholar. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow (MMF) of the German Marshall Fund, a non-profit organization designed to increase transatlantic cooperation. During his time as an MMF, Tony traveled to Belgium, England, Spain, Hungary and Germany to study the complexities of the European universal healthcare system.

Through his military, healthcare, education and transatlantic experiences, Tony realized the potential to address health inequity through local government involvement and effective legislation. This led him to earn a doctorate in Health Administration and Policy, serve on the Tax Assessment Board in Berkeley County, South Carolina and ultimately run for State Senator in South Carolina’s 44th district.

In Tony’s previous role he was Vice President of Operations Support for Kaiser Permanente’s largest and fastest growing service area. In this role, he oversaw multiple departments in two medical centers totaling 636 licensed beds, 16 medical office buildings and 9 mental health facilities across a 65-mile geographic area. He proudly partnered with 1,100 Permanente physicians to provide care to over 653,000 covered lives. His leadership was instrumental in the 48-bed build out and expansion of Ontario Medical Center, as well as the construction of a brand new 55,000 square foot medical office building designed to address growing social health needs and inequities in the high desert area.


James Bierly

James Bierly is the owner and principal cybersecurity consultant for Secure Point Solutions in Central Iowa.

With 13 years in the Navy operating on both surface ships and submarines as a Sonar Analyst, James had an unusual transition from military to civilian; from physical
security to selling cars, James ultimately found opportunities to learn Information Technology while working overseas.

He began a series of positions with increasing responsibility working with the state lottery and technology giants like Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

He has spent the last 7 years supporting small businesses as part of a managed service provider and now operates his own information security company. James holds certifications from CompTIA and (ISC)2.

He is married to an amazing woman and together they are raising 4 children and 3 dogs for the imminent zombie apocalypse in Adel Iowa.

John Economos

As a consultant for Bâton Global, John Economos (e-con-uh-miss) approaches his work with empathy and diligence. His role is to listen intently and learn quickly in order to understand a client’s priorities, people, and processes; challenge the status quo in a direct and respectful manner; adapt to changing circumstances without losing sight of the bigger picture; and identify best practices amongst the clients he serves.

John has worked for 9 years as a consulting resource in environments ranging from Fortune 200 companies to small-but-mighty non-profit organizations. Since joining Bâton Global in 2019, John has completed work with clients including Bankers Trust, Des Moines Area Community College, Kreg Tool Company, Oakridge Neighborhood, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Currently, he is leading the Workforce Trends and Occupancy Study, which contains the first-ever dataset representing the behaviors, needs, and sentiments of a community’s knowledge workers, both inside and outside of the workplace.

John holds a B.S. with Summa Cum Laude honors in Finance from Iowa State University. He’s part of a very loud, Greek family and he lives in West Des Moines with his wife Jessi, who owns an interior design firm (Jeid Studio) on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.

Andi Fagen

Meet Andi Fagen, founder of Creative DSM Digital & Social Marketing. Her background includes graduating from Iowa State University, developing digital marketing plans for startups in Los Angeles, and a Creative Director position at a consumer technology company in Miami that resulted in a nine-figure acquisition in 2018. Andi’s goal is to leverage creative marketing strategies to educate the community about the impact of optimized search engine content, email marketing, and social media management.



Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford is the VP of HR for W.R. Berkley’s Global Enterprise Technology division.  W.R. Berkley is a Fortune 500 Financial Services company with over 8,000 employees around the world.  Ryan provides leadership around talent management, leadership development, team dynamics, organizational design, change management, organizational effectiveness, culture, and strategy; and is responsible for all functions of HR for teams primarily based in Iowa, Delaware, and London.

In addition to his role at W.R. Berkley, Ryan, consults with NCAA coaches and teams on leadership and team behavioral dynamics to optimize team performance.  He has done work with teams at Iowa State, Gonzaga, University of Oregon, Oregon Tech, Texas Tech, Baylor, Samford University and has partnered with Under Armour in their All-American program.

He has a proven track record of over 20-years in leading Human Capital Strategies for businesses in a variety of industries. This includes businesses in vastly different industries from the global leader in agriculture and manufacturing, Cargill, to his current company in the financial services industry. He has a demonstrated passion for Human Capital strategies in driving business outcomes.

Ryan received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology, and a Minor in Business from Illinois State University.

Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald founded ATW in 1999 after spending 15 years in various Human Resource and Training roles in industries such as finance, insurance, banking and manufacturing.  He also served as Executive Vice President of American Media, Inc., the largest producer of training videos at the time with products in 72 countries and 27 languages.

Todd has authored two books: one on communication between managers and their employees, “I Wish You Would Just…” and the other on time management, “How to Find 100 Extra Minutes a Day.”

When not leading the efforts of ATW, you can find Todd volunteering and serving on numerous boards on a local and national level.  And when there is free time, you can find Todd spending time with his wife, kids and growing family of grandchildren.

Pat Pithan

Pat has been with MMIT Business Solutions Group (Formerly M & M Sales Company and Imaging Technologies) since 1986.  His 25 years in direct sales made the move to sales management and training in 2010 a natural.

During his career, Pat has been successful in securing and partnering with large local accounts such as Wells Fargo, Corteva (Formerly: Pioneer Hi-Bred International), American Republic, Dee Zee Manufacturing, Quality Manufacturing, Hy-Vee, and Iowa Realty. Pat has also added hundreds of medium and smaller organizations to MMIT’s portfolio during his tenure. Pat is passionate about helping connect people and companies with what they need to be successful.

When Pat is not studying the trends in sales success and what contributes to decision-makers making the decisions they make, he spends time listening to podcasts, attending networking events, and sharing time with friends and family, either on his boat at the lake or in the kitchen while whipping up a great meal.

Libby Roberts

Libby joined ATW in 2016 after spending nearly 10 years in banking, where she started in customer service and moved to management and talent development. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Simpson College and holds a master’s degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University.

Libby’s passion is people, and she strives to create an environment where all participants are welcomed, engaged, and challenged to move out of their comfort zones. Libby integrates instructional design, program development, and relationship building to her role as Director of Training.

Outside of work, Libby enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, and enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, Brett.

Danielle Rusch

Danielle Rusch is a Senior HR Consultant and Owner of Dynamic Talent Consultants based in Grimes, Iowa. Danielle’s passion for people and eye for talent allows her to develop and advance leaders and companies, helping grow both a healthy bottom line and relationships that flourish. Danielle focuses on identifying and diagnosing organizational health concerns that keep them stuck and prescribing actionable solutions, creating a safe environment for teams to thrive in.

She combines her 20+ years of HR leadership and a partnership with Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions to turn unhealthy organizations and stuck habits into profitable proficiencies. Clients appreciate her ability to listen, provide unique solutions, and facilitate training in an unbiased, supportive, and engaging way while focusing on results.

If want to optimize your working relationships and build an organization based on health and longevity, connect with Danielle at https://www.dynamictalentconsultants.com/contact/

Claudia Schabel

Claudia Schabel, Founder, President and CEO of Schabel Solutions Inc., has been on a 20-plus-year mission to raise awareness and consciousness about social justice, race relations and equity.

The Schabel Solutions team has over 25 years of DEI and human resources practitioner experience, largely with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. As a diversity and inclusion strategic partner, we combine our expertise with significant international experience and multicultural backgrounds to help organizations address the dangers of unmitigated unconscious bias, untapped talent, missed market opportunities and stagnant innovation.

We are a Certified Virtual Facilitator™ (CVF™) by the International Institute for Facilitation. We are also Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) certified for conducting robust organization-wide cultural equity assessments, which we leverage to develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies with our clients.

Centrally located out of Des Moines, Iowa, we are a woman/minority-owned business which is certified as an Iowa Targeted Small Business (TSB), SBA Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business.

A former commissioner on the City of Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, Claudia serves on the Iowa Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Council as the Director of Diversity. She also serves on the boards of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Science Center of Iowa and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

After growing up in Brazil and working in Japan, Claudia has made Des Moines, Iowa her home with her spouse, Brad, and their always playful English Golden Retriever, Stormy.

Emmanuel Smith

Emmanuel attended Drake University where they completed their Bachelors in Political Science. Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, they have held a lifelong interest in disability culture and political action to improve the rights of disabled people everywhere. In their free time, they balance a passion for creative writing with watching classic Star Trek on a near loop. Emmanuel is excited to continue to advocate for making Iowa an accessible and equitable place for future generations of disabled Iowans.



Stephen Smith

Stephen leads the people analytics, client solutions and product development areas, as part of the global Reworc team.

After working in both Human Resources and Corporate Real Estate in People Operations roles, Stephen has focused on driving workforce and workplace transformation by using data and information to leverage optimum work and work environments.

Stephen understands the connection between people and place and is a leader at connecting solutions to the evidence that supports it and drives change. Accordingly, Stephen is focused on high performance and the evolution of work and teams in the organizations he serves.
Stephen has enhanced survey and analytics experience, due to his experience and his Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.

Roger Stalheim

Roger is the Founder and President of RLS Inc. Roger has owned and developed 4 startup companies and sold them. When he reached the best point to sell them, Roger transitioned them to new owners. Roger and his team currently work with 44 independently owned business Presidents and are accountable for quarterly results. Roger has extensive success in helping business owners, he hinges on how receptive the business owner is to change, openness to learning the 6 key focus points every business owner must implement, and being accountable to critical success factors.

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor is a Certified EOS Implementer®. His passion is helping business owners and decision makers get more of what they want out of their business.

Owners and CEOs bring in Rob when they are experiencing the business controlling them, there is not enough profit, they are frustrated with people issues, they are stuck and can’t grow, or nothing they are trying is working.

What Rob does for his clients:

  • Trains and Coaches Leadership Teams in implementing EOS® toward strengthening Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process and Traction.
  • Creates a Vision that gets everyone on the same page with where they are going, and how they plan to get there.
  • Builds Traction by instilling focus, discipline, and accountability.
  • Gets them Healthier through a more cohesive, functional leadership team.

What makes Rob unique:

  1. Rob grew up in the family business and has experience helping over 80 companies grow – with North American and International Business experience.
  2. Rob helped an entrepreneur successfully transition from a distribution operation in California into a successful international electrical component manufacturing leader in Iowa.
  3. Rob helps you clarify your culture, get the right people in the right seats, and clarify, simplify and achieve your vision.

Rob primarily works throughout the central US and lives in Iowa.


Making Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Work for Your Business

Marvin DeJear | SVP of Talent Development | Greater Des Moines Partnership

Originally, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Marvin DeJear, Jr. brings a wide-range of expertise to integrated service delivery. He combines his unique blend of experience to manage non-profit organization’s multi-faceted program, designed to create a more sustainable community.

Dr. DeJear is an astute, innovative, senior manager with 15+ years of broad experience in executive leadership, integrated service delivery, system administration, contract administration, commercial renovation administration, government operations, and financial management.

In his previous role as Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center, Dr. DeJear collaborated with nearly 60 other community-based organizations and businesses with the Center in efforts to maximize services that promotes connecting to income/work support, financial education, and asset building, as well as educational, workforce training and employment opportunities within the community. Under his leadership the Center was able to report over $60 Million dollars of impact into the economy and served over 35,000 individuals since they opened.

Dr. DeJear currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In this role, Dr. DeJear leads The Partnership’s efforts in attracting and retaining talent, strengthening the region’s talent pipeline, and overseeing the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the region.

Marvin DeJear holds a BA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy and a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education, Community College Leadership from Iowa State University.

DeJear’ s efforts toward civic engagement includes serving on the Future Ready Iowa Steering Committee, Minority Unemployment & Outreach Standing Committee, Access to Justice Commission, Iowa Two Generation Steering Committee, Iowa Work Based Learning Clearinghouse, State of Iowa Economic Recovery Advisory Committee, Pathways to Work Clearing House Advisory Committee, The Director’s Council, Polk County Early Childhood Board, Iowa State University Alumni Board, Back-to-School Iowa Board, Opportunity: Creating Prosperity for All Steering Committee, the Central Iowa SHRM Board,  the John R. Grubb YMCA Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast Steering Committee, and the Back 2 School Iowa Board.  He also served as an Opportunity Leader for Opportunity Nation, and on the Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Christy Jones | Business Coach | Accelerate ActionCOACH Business Coaching

Christy Jones is a long-standing Urbandale resident, business owner and community leader. Currently, Christy is a successful business coach with the Accelerate Action Coach team.

Prior to joining the Accelerate Action Coach team, Christy enjoyed a few months of retirement following the sale of her multi-store body shops, in March of 2021. Christy grew up in the auto body industry, playing at the shop with her sister, as her Mom and Dad caught up on paperwork on the weekends. When given the chance to work in the front office, she didn’t hesitate.  And in 2015, when her father and uncle decided to retire, Christy embraced the opportunity to purchase the shop and was able to develop a successful and efficient team of hard-working employees. As a woman business owner, in a male dominated industry, she knew she had an uphill battle before her. The ever-changing collision repair industry calls on leaders capable of being creative, innovative and forward-thinking. As someone who has grown up, worked in, purchased and now sold a family owned business, Christy brought a wealth of knowledge to her employees and customers each day. She served as an ambassador for her customers and is a tireless leader in the automotive industry and in her community.

Christy is a proud member of many community and collision related organizations. She knows first-hand the value of professional organizations realizing they are an important and integral part of any industry and community. Christy is the 2022 Board Chair for the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, after serving on the board for previous three years, and being a member since 2010. Through this opportunity, she will be able to be the voice of businesses in the Urbandale and surrounding communities. Always, striving to help and encourage success in business. Not only is she professional, but she effectively partners with employees or board members to reach and surpass goals. Christy leads by example and always encourages those around her to strive for higher standards.

With Christy’s experience as an educator earlier in her career, and as a business owner, she is excited to be able to use her skills and knowledge to coach for small businesses, giving them the encouragement, tools, and accountability needed to succeed.

Gilmara Vila-Nova Mitchell | Director of DEI | IMT Insurance

Gilmara Vila Nova-Mitchell is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant and IMT Insurance DEI Director. She is on a mission to put people first in the workplace and help others do the same. Born in Brazil, Gilmara’s interest in DEI began when she immigrated to the United States. Her personal experiences as an immigrant, and a woman of color greatly impacted her perspective on inclusion. As she designed organizational systems that attended to all people, Gilmara learned firsthand that inclusive leadership was an essential component of any organization’s success.

Through her signature style of heart, honesty, and thoughtful inquiry, Gilmara helps people create relationships and cultures that are inclusive, expansive, and deeply connected. She works with leaders to learn how to effectively respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by diverse workforces, unfamiliar markets, and rapid shifts in the competitive landscape.

For almost two decades, Gilmara has helped organizations become more inclusive through her engaging DEI sessions, transformative executive coaching, and innovative systems redesign.
Gilmara holds a Bachelor of Multicultural Education from FUMEC University (Brazil) and a MSE in School Counseling from Drake University. She has completed doctoral studies in Organizational Development with a focus on trust in the workplace. She is also a proud mama to two incredible, strong, and fierce daughters.

Developing a Winning Culture in Times of Chaos, Complexity and Change

Drew Harden | President | Blue Compass

President and co-founder of Blue Compass, Drew Harden has grown and guided the company from a two-person start-up in 2007 to one of the Midwest’s leading digital marketing companies today. He’s a published author, has been cited by publications like USA Today and PR News, and has led web projects for clients like Spalding Sports Equipment, NAPA Autoparts and the NFL.



Rina Jensen | Business Resiliency Coach | Rina Jensen

Cedar Rapids native and disruptor by nature, Rina has been creating programs and community for local entrepreneurs, leadership teams and small businesses for years. She amplifies her clients communication, connection, and confidence so they can make a meaningful impact on the world.

She brings her unique combination of insight, humor and interaction to stages such as You Conferences, EntreFest, Beyond Rubies and ATD -Hawkeye Chapter and has developed a first-of-it’s-kind women’s business academy, You Academy.

She is also the creator of Not Just Pretty Faces, a podcast that highlights badass women doing badass things in their careers.

Rina is a natural explorer who enjoys travel, hiking and kayaking. She is also a dog mom to Pitbulls Winston and Zoe.

Amanda Young | SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer | Bankers Trust

Amanda Young is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Bankers Trust and a member of the bank’s executive committee. Amanda leads the bank’s human resources functions, including recruitment, compensation and benefits, training, development, succession planning and employee engagement.
Amanda joined Bankers Trust in 2009 as Vice President and Training Officer. In 2014, she assumed responsibility for the bank’s talent and engagement efforts. She was promoted to her current role in October 2016. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Amanda held human resources management positions at Kum & Go and
Community State Bank.

In August 2014, Amanda was accepted into the 2014-2015 Leadership Iowa class. She is a board member of the Young Women’s Resource Center, participates in the Juvenile Drug Court Collaborative, serves on United Way’s Women United Investment Committee and volunteers with United Way of Central Iowa’s Book Buddy program. Amanda has also volunteered her time on the Character Counts of Iowa awards selection committee, the LUNA board, Ankeny schools and her church. In 2018, she was recognized as a
member of the Business Record’s “Forty Under 40.”

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in human resources from the University of Northern Iowa. She also earned a master of arts degree in industrial relations with a human resources emphasis from Iowa State University. Amanda has her Senior Professional in Human Resources
(SPHR) certification, is a Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRMSCP), a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), a Senior Human Resources Business Partner (sHRBP), a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA), has a Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) certification and a Strategic Talent Acquisition (STA) certification.

A Des Moines-area native, Amanda and her husband, Brandon, have three children and live in Ankeny

How to Lead & Coach Gen Z Employees

Moderator: Dr. Bill Withers | Speaker, Facilitator, Workshop Leader

Dr. Bill Withers is a unique speaker, facilitator, and workshop leader, and his love for “Aloha shirts” is only part of his story! Groups will benefit from his decades of prior business management and leadership experience, which is why he can relate to everyone from Gen Y/Millennials to Boomers and beyond, through all stages of career development.

Bill has also served many advisory boards and councils over the years, including two terms on the board of directors for Iowa Public Television. He can relate to all levels of organizations, whether larger corporates or smaller non-profits, from ‘the front lines’, to the C-suite.

Perhaps the greatest benefit to audiences is Dr. Withers’ research into top-tier organizations, including Hy-Vee, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Four Seasons, Starbucks, and most recently, Southwest Airlines. In fact, he’s been invited to make similar presentations numerous times at The International Conference on Business in Honolulu where audiences come from 20 different countries, from all around the Pacific Rim, so you’ll learn from the best-of-the-best.

During his academic career Dr. Withers won both teacher and advisor of the year awards while also contributing to three books in the areas of leadership and customer service.  Today he serves on the executive team of Lutheran Church of Hope, the largest mainline protestant church of its type in North America. He continues to serve organizations of all sizes in the areas of public relations, quality customer service, organizational change, and leadership development.

April Niedermann | Senior Content Strategist | Creative DSM Digital and Social Marketing

April Niedermann is the Senior Content Strategist at Creative DSM Digital and Social Marketing. At Creative DSM, she takes clients’ vision and turns it into content that makes a difference. She focuses on digital content, which includes blogs, social media posts, and more, while also creating new marketing strategies with the entire team. As a recent first generation graduate from Iowa State University, with a major in Advertising and a minor in communication studies, she enjoys collaborating with the small team environment at her current role.  As a Generation Z professional, she is passionate about proving the strong work ethic of her generation while learning and developing new efficiencies within her role.

Daycen Douglass | Financial Planning Assistant | AO Wealth Advisory

Daycen Douglass is a Financial Planning Assistant for AO Wealth Advisory. He focuses on developing financial plans for clients.

Raised in La Porte City, Iowa, Daycen’s passion for people prospered while working in retail and delivery spaces. He began his collegiate education at Hawkeye Community College and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Financial Counseling and Planning. Daycen’s relationship with AO Wealth Advisory started as an internship in 2020 and later shifted into a full-time role following graduation.

He lives with his wife in West Des Moines, where they enjoy exploring their new community.

Izzy Rohlfing | Youth Treatment Counselor | Orchard Place

Izzy Rohlfing is a recent graduate from Creighton University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies. As a  Generation Z new to the professional world, she is looking forward to taking the skills she has learned throughout her college education and apply them toward her new opportunities here in Des Moines. This Summer she will begin as a Youth Treatment Counselor at Orchard Place, and hopes to pursue a graduate degree to grow towards her goal of becoming a child therapist.



EVENT SPEAKERS April 13, 2017