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Female Focused Financial Planning with Sarah Madden
11:30 AM11:30

Female Focused Financial Planning with Sarah Madden

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The world has changed, but many women's attitudes toward finance remains stuck in the patriarchal past. It's very important for women, regardless of their marital status — single, divorced, widowed or married — to take a much more active role in their financial lives.

Sarah Frieberg, Financial advisor with Principal Financial Group, realizes that financial wellness means different things to women and men. The increasing availability of education, coupled with shifting roles in the home for women, is not only changing women's lives but also reworking attitudes toward gender differences and equality. Traditional gender roles no longer retain much currency in contemporary households. Today more women are pursuing higher education, and female professionals and entrepreneurs are making great strides in business. Women are assuming more responsibility, such as managing careers and education in addition to family life.

We all may be planners, but Sarah asks the question – are your personal and business finances on course? By taking a more active role, we can gain more clarity, confidence and control of our lives. Empower yourself, and take control of your financial health with this seminar on financial planning. Questions encouraged!

About Sarah Frieberg:

Sarah Frieberg had financial “self-care” on her mind at an early age. From her first word of “moooney” to asking her mom to open a savings account for her at age 12, she has seen firsthand the power savings can have on overall wellbeing. Sarah, formalized her education in finance when she graduated from Drake University where she balanced three majors (Finance, Accounting and Marketing) with Division 1 volleyball and summer internships at Bankers Trust, Nationwide Insurance and Merrill Lynch.

After graduation, Sarah was accepted into an executive training program at Principal Financial group where she applied her education in structured rotations designed to accelerate her understanding of financial markets and risk-based solutions. For the last few years Sarah has been sharing the knowledge she’s earned, since her first savings account at age 12, through group seminars at local companies and organizations and with her customers in one on one coaching. She has a passion for helping women find financial empowerment.

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Additional Details:

* Lunch will be provided by: In the Bag Corporate Cuisine. Please choose your lunch option at checkout *

The event will be held in Meeting Rooms #2/3, located on the first floor of the library.

Free underground parking is available at the Library, and can be accessed from Grand Avenue.

Water will be provided.

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The Best Practices: Implementing Policy in Architecture Firms
11:30 AM11:30

The Best Practices: Implementing Policy in Architecture Firms

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a moderated panel discussion about iaWia’s Best Practices Recommendations and engage in an honest discussion surrounding examples of adoption or difficulties with implementation of the BPR. Panelist from Iowa architecture firms will take a deep dive into company culture and the expectations and needs of the future workplace.


Tim Hickman, Principal - substance architecture
Sadie Kleppe, Partner - Simonson & Associates
Kerry Weig, Principal - INVISION
Sam Smith, Project Administrator - RDG Planning & Design


Jill Goedken, Owner - SPECctera

The luncheon will take place in the DuPont East room at the Botanical Gardens. Free parking is available and attendees receive a complimentary admission to the Gardens after the IAWIA event.

Lunch and beverages catered by Gateway Market will be provided.

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Downtown Multi-Family Development Biking Tour
1:00 PM13:00

Downtown Multi-Family Development Biking Tour


May 14-18th is Bike to work week! IAWIA, in collaboration with ULI and CREW Iowa are sponsoring a bike tour of downtown Des Moines. Whether you bring your own bike or use one of the provided B-Cycles - you’ll get the opportunity to tour 6 of downtown Des Moines’ newest developments. The tour will end at Peace Tree Brewing Company for drinks, appetizers, and networking!

Time: 1:00-4:00 with Happy Hour from 4-6pm

1:00 Start at the Tea Room (8th and Walnut)

* B-Cycle’s will be available for pick up at the first location!

Tour 1) Tour The Wilkins (8th and Walnut)

Tour 2) Jackson Crossing, Nexus, Eagle View

Tour 3) Maxwell and 12th & Mulberry (121)

4:00 - 6:00 pm Social – Happy Hour at Peace Tree Brewing Company– appetizers and 1 cocktail will be provided as part of your registration!

Tickets cost $15. Please register here!


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Lead Like a Lady | March Education Event
11:30 AM11:30

Lead Like a Lady | March Education Event


Lead Like a Lady is a panel discussion with female executives in Architectural, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering firms. These accomplished women have worked their way from entry level to the C- suite. Come and learn about their path, their lessons learned, and their advice for women in the design profession.


Thursday, March 8th

11:30am - 1:00pm


Des Moines Central Library

1000 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Free parking is available in the lower level of the library, and can be accessed from Grand Avenue.

Guests:        iaWia Members and student members, non members



$15 for non members (LUNCH PROVIDED)


Anna Jones, owner, MODdesign


Brenda Nelson, PLA, Associate Principal – Confluence

Mindy Aust, AIA, Principal – substance architecture

Kelly Altes, PE, Associate Principal – IMEG

Melissa Spearman, Principal – DLR Group


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Networking 101 | July Education Event
11:30 AM11:30

Networking 101 | July Education Event

We're all networking all the time.  You do it in your workout class, while you’re grabbing a coffee and when you’re waiting for the bus.  Those who make it look effortless translate that casual attitude to their network and networking events.   

Join CREW Iowa and iaWia as we co-host "Networking 101" with Danny Beyer.  This fun and interactive luncheon will show how easy it is to network no matter how comfortable, or uncomfortable, you are with it.  Learn how to get through boring small talk and build relationships that will result in both professional and personal success; Find how easy it is to get out of bad conversations; Become conscious of the network you have and use simple strategies to utilize that network better. 

Danny Beyer

Danny Beyer is a networking specialist and bow tie aficionado. He helped organize the Des Moines Area LinkedIn Social – an event that draws hundreds of professionals from throughout the Greater Des Moines area to build real life connections.  In 2013 he co-founded the Bow Tie Ball, a charity event centered on bow ties and networking that has raised over $50,000 for Young Variety.  His first book, “The Ties that Bind:  Networking with Style” was published in 2015.

Danny is a keynote speaker on networking and building relationships. He has been a contributor to the Business Record and DSM Magazine and is currently the West Des Moines Chamber Board Chair.  In 2013 he was chosen as the Amy Jennings Young Professional of the Year through the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Young Professionals Connection and was selected to the 2014 Business Record 40 Under 40 group.

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