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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

WOW May - Building a Better Iowa

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Dynamic Women of Des Moines

Tuesday, May 15th


Guest Speaker

Debi Durham
Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Many people think that just happens, but it doesn’t. It takes work... and a plan.


Debi Durham is a long-time economic development professional and currently serves as the director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. During her tenure at IEDA, she has successfully helped to land billion-dollar economic development projects for Iowa and works tirelessly on expanding trade and investment opportunities for the state.  She prides herself on building coalitions, supporting new ventures and strengthening the state’s key industries.


Director Durham will discuss the state’s economic development strategy, including focus areas for growth, policy initiatives, programs and industry information.  She will also highlight IEDA programs that assist small businesses and recent enhancements to the state of Iowa’s Targeted Small Business program.


WOW Meeting - What You Need to Know

11:30 a.m. - Arrival and Networking (Optional) 
Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch, Presentation & Commercials
1 - 1:30 p.m. - Optional Networking

We will begin the programming promptly at Noon;
if you'll be joining us for lunch, please arrive by 11:45.


*60-Second Commercials or Prize Drawings*
Please let Jennifer know upon arrival.

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*WOW Marketing & Networking Materials*
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*Other Information*
If you have special dietary needs please email Jennifer at by Noon the Friday before the event.

Those who have not pre-registered will be charged $25 at the door.
We will not process refunds after 48 hours prior to the event.



Debi Durham
Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Debi Durham was named director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA, formerly Iowa Department of Economic Development) in January 2011 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Prior to joining IEDA, Durham served as president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.


In 2017, she received the Technology Association of Iowa’s Legislative Advocacy Leader Award and in 2016 was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as a “Woman of Influence”.  In 2015, she received Iowa State University’s Christian Petersen Design award. Durham was named a Janus Fellow by the Janus Institute, an organization with the mission of contributing to the body of knowledge in economic development and advancing its practice in 2014. In 2009, the Downtown Rotary Club in Sioux City recognized Durham as their Key Way award winner, designating a local leader who has “contributed greatly to the health and prosperity of the area through business and community involvement.”  She was named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2003.


Durham holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management from Missouri Southern State University.


Thank You to Our May Sponsor


Keller Williams Greater Des Moines
Tiffan Yamen Real Estate Group


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

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