The New Events Center Hotel: A Catalyst for the Untapped Potential of a Growing City
Dec
5
11:00 AM11:00

The New Events Center Hotel: A Catalyst for the Untapped Potential of a Growing City

Render above provided by DLR Group, Design Architect of Record

Render above provided by DLR Group, Design Architect of Record

Description:

Des Moines is a globally connected community and one of the nation’s hotspots for a growing downtown. It is no shock to see construction cranes scattered throughout downtown - a clear sign of a growing city - especially around the nearly complete 330-room Hilton hotel attached to the Iowa Events Center. However, the story of the Iowa Events Center Hotel actually started more than a decade ago with visions from community leaders who saw the untapped potential of Des Moines. With completion of the Hotel set for early 2018, the development is expected to land in demand conventions and sporting events in Des Moines. Officials hope the Hotel will attract more visitors downtown and serve as a continued catalyst for Des Moines’ economic development goals.

Iowa Women in Architecture, CREW Iowa, and Urban Land Institute will be hosting a tour of the Events Center Hotel followed by a lunch and panel discussion with some of the key players who have helped bring this vision of the Hotel – and a booming and vibrant downtown - into reality.


Registration:

You can register for the event here.

 

Location + Parking:

Location: Meet at the Events Center Hotel (5th and Park Street) under the front entry canopy.

Parking: Downtown on-street parking is available and public parking garages are available at the 5th & Keo Parking Garage and at 4th and Grand.

 

Schedule:
 

Tour: 

Events Center Hotel, 5th Street & Park Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
11:00AM - 12:00PM


Tour Guides:

  • Ben Bunge, Events Center Hotel Project Manager - The Weitz Company
  • Matt Felling, Hilton General Manager

 

Panel Discussion (Lunch provided):

RDG, 301 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
12:15PM-1:30PM


Panel:

  • Moderator: Erin Olson-Douglas, Economic Development Director - City of Des Moines
  • Panelist: Ben Bunge, Events Center Hotel Project Manager - The Weitz Company
  • Panelist: Davis Sanders, Principal - RDG
  • Panelist: Mark Wandro, County Administrator - Polk County
  • Panelist: Jenny Herrera, Events Center Project Engineer - The Weitz Company

 

*AIA members will be given 2.5 continuing education credits, as required of professionals by the American Institute of Architects, for the tour and panel discussion.

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5:15 PM17:15

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Women leaders’ advancement in the last half-century has been remarkable in many ways. Women can be found among the heads of state and the presidencies of major universities; they are counted among cabinet officers and Nobel prize winners. So, how should women aspiring to leadership positions proceed? In the field of leadership, the discussion around gender and leadership is moving away from the “glass ceiling” idea and rather articulating the unique challenges of females in leadership roles in terms of a “leadership labyrinth.” Dr. Lindsay Hastings will be giving the keynote presentation on today’s unique challenges associated with females in leadership roles and the power of female friendship in developing the next generation of female leaders. 

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Dr. Lindsay Hastings

Dr. Lindsay Hastings serves as the Clifton Professor in Mentoring Research and the Director of Nebraska Human Resources Institute, a leadership development organization at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln that pairs outstanding college student leaders with outstanding K – 12 student leaders in one-to-one leadership mentoring relationships.  Her research interests include generative leadership and social responsibility, examining what factors influence a leader's ability to promote and establish the well-being of future generations.  Hastings' most recent research examined generativity in college student leaders as a result of engaging in a mentoring relationship, which received the 2012 Dr. Ron Joekel Research Award.  

Hastings is a three-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a resident of Seward, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Lilly and Anna.”

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