IGIA Women’s Network Announces May Event


IGIA Women’s Network Announces May Event

Mark Your Calendar for 9 a.m., Thursday, May 13

The IGIA Women’s Network presents “Professionalism During COVID: Connecting Confidently in a Changed World.” This Zoom-based event, featuring presenter Callista Gould of the Cultural and Manners Institute, will take an in-depth look at building relationships and networking in a post-pandemic future.

Join us at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 13, when Gould will emphasize the personal aspects of professionalism and provide tips for creating that individual “heart-spark” contact that makes people feel special and important. Although COVID has thrown us a curve when it comes to connecting with others, it also caused us to re-think how we can create that sense of worth and belonging without being physically present together. As a result, Gould says we’ve adapted, and grown smarter and stronger. 

In this interactive session, we will learn how to:

  • Make deeper, more personal connections virtually and online, when we can’t meet in person.
  • Put our best face forward during virtual meetings and presentations.
  • Communicate effectively while half our face is obscured by a mask.

To register for this free webinar please email your name, company name and email to Annie Schlink, IGIA events and education coordinator, aschlink@iowagrocers.com by 4:30 p.m., May 10. You will then be sent a Zoom link to join the webinar.

Community Service: Young Women's Resource Center supply drive

As our community service part of this event, we will be doing a donation drive for the Young Women’s Resource Center. At the beginning of our event, we will learn more about the YWRC and what they do. We will be holding a donation drive for personal care items that they could use. You can feel free to drop donation items off at the IGIA office and we will deliver them to the YWRC. Please note that they only accept full-size and unopened personal care items. Here is a list of their critical need items:

  • Sanitizing supplies: disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Grocery or gas gift cards
  • Menstrual pads: medium, heavy, and overnight
  • Full-size shampoo and conditioner; especially for curly, kinky, coiled hair
  • Baby/Kids Mineral Based Sunscreen
  • Unscented Baby Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Lip Balm
  • Body Lotion
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Dish and Hand Soap

Work-Life Balance Panel Discussion Available Online

The May event featuring Gould follows a well-attended virtual industry panel held in March and featuring female industry leaders speaking about managing work-life balance. Panelists Julie Jackowski, Casey’s General Stores; Nathalie Nunez, PepsiCo.; and Kate Gibson Overby, Kum and Go, answered questions posed by moderator Kara Clark, Kum and Go. The panelists discussed what an ideal work-life balance means to them, how COVID has affected their work-life balance, how to balance being a good parent and/or spouse while moving your career forward and more during the hour-long webinar.

Be sure to check out all of the great tips and information by watching a recording of the panel discussion on work-life balance, click here.  


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