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Metro Wide Mentoring for Women

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Name: Metro Wide Mentoring for Women
Date: March 31, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT
Event Description:
Please join FuseDSM, Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce and Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce for this annual event, held during Women's History Month, providing an opportunity to connect with leaders in the Des Moines Metro that have successfully mentored women. 
This event is focused on connecting women, building relationships and learning the advice and tools successful mentors have used in helping women to achieve satisfaction in both their professional and personal lives. 
There will be a panel and breakout sessions for one-on-one mentoring.

Jackie Schmillen, News Anchor for We Are Iowa Local 5 News
Jackie Schmillen is considered the VP of Delight and Entertainment at We Are Iowa, Local 5 News - ABC in Des Moines. Her passion for supporting positive and local stories of people, places and events shines through on Good Morning Iowa. You can now see Jackie every weekday morning along with anchors Elias and Sabrina on channel 5. 

Tricia Rivas, Owner of Trixies Salon
Cheerleader & Mentor for Small Businesses
Being a hairdresser was a dream come true for me. What I didn’t imagine was all of the opportunities that this amazing career would open for me. Since 1997 I’ve been listening to and cheering on my guests to have the most amazing lives. What I quickly learned was they were listening to me and taking my advice. These relationships gave me the courage to become a voice in my community for small businesses and non-profits. I found myself meeting monthly with new and seasoned small business owners to bounce ideas off of each other, sharing tools and programs, such as Qnity, that have been successful for us at Trixies, laughing and crying about our trials/tribulations, and most importantly, being their biggest cheerleader.

Lu Spaine, Owner of Zumi Collections, LLC
Lu is a native of Des Moines. She graduated from Tech High School with a major in computer programming and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University.
Zumi’s mission is to help artisans and crafts people in developing countries focusing on Africa Asia, and South America through the sale of Fair Trade products. The Zumi clothing line is all produced by women and/or family owned businesses. Her community service has included being a founding member and first board chair of the African American Business Association. 
She currently serves on the boards of Gateway Dance Theatre, Iowa CORE, and is VP of the Des Moines West Side Chamber.  Her work has also included many informal mentoring relationships and she was our West Side mentor at the 2019 Regional Women's Mentoring Event sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She ultimately attributes her success to her personal relationship with God.  “Where God Guides – God Provides”

Wendi Fredregill, Owner of Empowered Bridge Mindset Coaching
Mentoring women is important to me because I have two sisters and three daughters. My female friends are so integral to my support system, there is so much power in women supporting each other. I never look at other women as my competition- I always want to lift them up and encourage them. I work with women to get from where they are to where they dream to be. I help them tap into their internal wisdom and strength so they can shine their light in the world around them.

Emily SteeleOwner of Love Local 
Emily is a creative entrepreneur on a mission to help individuals + business owners create a bigger impact with their presence online and offline. She has spent the last 10 years finding innovative ways to make a difference. From launching a local bike ride that has given a community in Ghana access to clean water + education to creating POP UP YOGA DSM to introduce yoga to more people in the metro, Emily has an ability to take an idea and mobilize it by getting the community on board. You can currently find Emily working with local community builders (hummingbirds) and with local business owners around the US to increase their visibility + impact.
Dawn Erdmann, Co-Founder of Vine Co.
Dawn Erdmann is the Co-Founder of Vine Co., an organization specializing in employee and organizational growth and development. Dawn has spent much of her professional career as a corporate leader in Training and Development; where she has focused many of her efforts in recruiting and staffing, employee engagement, team building, process improvement, technical training and overall employee and organizational development.  Dawn has traveled coast to coast pursing her passion of helping individuals and organizations gain the tools necessary to grow and develop into high performers. In Dawn’s free time she enjoys spending time outdoors; biking, golfing & boating.  She is an avid sports fan and loves attending or participating in a variety of athletic activities.  Most of all, she enjoys being an aunt of two amazing little guys that fill her heart daily.  

Kari Boyens, Regional Business Development Manager with IMEG Corp.
Kari is a graduate of Mercy College of Health Sciences.  She spent the first 15 years of her career in healthcare management, starting as a Radiology Manager at age 23.  In 2012, Kari made a transition from healthcare to the design and construction industry spending a few years as a medical equipment planner and then moving into a Business Development role.  She is currently the Regional Business Development Manager with IMEG Corp. Kari believes strongly in community engagement.  She is currently on the board for the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, is Vice Chair for Iowa Women in Architecture, and Co-chairs the Downtown Chamber Development Insights Group (DIG).  In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her two children, Dakota and Delaney, and her dogs.  She also likes being active and spending time outdoors running, hiking, kayaking, or biking.
This event will be held via Zoom. The link to join will be sent out prior to the program.
Contact Information:
Trish Flaherty-Barnes
$15.00/Members and Non-members 
**A portion of this registration fee will be donated to a local nonprofit.
We ask that when you register, in the notes section, please enter the name of your favorite LOCAL nonprofit. All nonprofit submissions will be entered in to a drawing and the winning nonprofit will be pulled at the end of the program. They will receive a donation, the total amount will be a portion of each registration fee and based on the number of attendees.

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