IGIA Women's Network Hosts Event to Teach Self Defense and Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking


IGIA Women's Network FREE Event

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Location: C.O.B.R.A- 110 N Ankeny Blvd #300, Ankeny, IA 50023

Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.



3-3:15 p.m.    Registration and Networking

This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other women in the industry.


3:15-3:45 p.m.    Human Trafficking Today & Dorothy’s House with Kellie Markey

Kellie Markey, founder and executive director of Dorothy’s House, will speak about human trafficking and its presence in Iowa, along with why she started Dorothy’s House and what it does to combat human trafficking while helping local women. Her message and the mission of Dorothy’s House is one of optimism.


About Kellie 

Kellie is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and a Dowling High School and Central College Alumni.  After college spent 15 years in the advertising and marketing industry in Chicago and the bay area of California.  The last 5 years of her marketing career were spent at eBay where she started as VP Global Direct Marketing.  Her final two years were in the International Division where she oversaw the eBay assets and equity investments in Asia, Latin America, Australia and Canada.


Kellie returned to the Des Moines area full time in 2012 and spends her time building Dorothy's House and supporting the local startup community.


Dorothy’s House is a safe place for the practice of life for those teen and youth girls whose lives have been interrupted by trafficking and sexploitation.


4-5 p.m.  C.O.B.R.A. Introductory Self-Defense Workshop

C.O.B.R.A. stands for Combat Objective Battle Ready Application and is highly effective in real-world situations where your survival is on the line. Amy Ratekin will teach safety tips in this introductory class while presenting and practicing hands-on, powerful techniques for survival.


Amy Ratekin

Amy is a 5th Degree Black belt in Taekwondo and has been instructing students age 5 through adult effective, reality-based self-defense for 16 years. She owns C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Iowa with her husband Mark and their three children. Along with instructing Active Shooter Response Plan, they teach Bully Response Action Plan, Avoiding Violence in the Workplace, industry-specific corporate self-defense programs, defensive tactics, adult empowerment/self-defense, and Kid/Teen Safe programs.


When she is not teaching self-defense, Amy and her husband instruct students of all ages and abilities in Taekwondo. She enjoys reading, spending time with family, and traveling.


Registration Information:

Please contact Annie Schlink at the IGIA Office (aschlink@iowagrocers.com) with any questions and to RVSP (October 17 deadline). There is no cost to attend this event.



Please dress in comfortable clothes as the C.O.B.R.A. workshop will have some hands-on techniques.


Donation Drive:

The IGIA Women in Industry group will be holding a donation drive for Dorothy’s House. They are currently looking for toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner sets (full size), disinfecting wipes, cleaning products (kitchen/bath/window), tickets/entertainment passes (movies especially). Gift cards to grocery stores and cash are also always accepted. Please bring these to the October 24 event.