The FuseDSM Monthly Luncheon will typically be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month, however, there may be a change to the date or location occasionally as schedules change throughout the year. Each month the Chamber invites a dynamic speaker to provide timely information affecting our community, insight on issues concerning the community, or inspirational stories which resonate within the community.
There is networking time prior to the start of the program and lunch being served. This is the monthly event you do not want to miss to maintain those important relationships with your fellow members.
The Untapped Workforce
One of the key factors to running a business is attracting and retaining talent. It is also something that many businesses are currently struggling with. As a business, you may be overlooking a key demographic when strategizing to expand your pool of skilled workers. Learn more about how Central Iowa Center for Independent Living and other non-profits partner with businesses to fulfill hiring needs, increase diversity in the workforce, and how hiring people with disabilities, isn’t charity, it’s smart business!
Laura Gibson, Executive Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living
Laura Gibson is the Executive Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living, where she leads her team in providing service to individuals with disabilities. CICIL as they are more commonly known, provides 5 core services, information and referral, systems advocacy, peer support, independent living skills, and transition services to any individual with a disability. In addition, to the five core services, CICIL offers Supported Employment Services by supporting individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment and benefits planning. Through the pandemic CICIL has focused on food insecurity in Polk County and has provided IPE to agencies who provide direct support to individuals with disabilities as well as individuals throughout Polk, Warren, Dallas, Story and Boone Counties. You may also know Laura from chamber events and anywhere that there may be a need for volunteering.