IGIA Women’s Network Half-Day Conference


IGIA Women’s Network Half-Day Conference

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Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 8am - 12pm

Location: Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling, 3600 Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50321

We are also offering a virtual Zoom attendance option for this event. Please indicate on your registration form if you will be attending virtually.

Cost: $35 and we are also accepting monetary donations to buy supplies for our community service period packing party.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (4:30 pm) 


Schedule of Events

8:00 am – 8:15 am           Registration and Networking

8:15 am – 9:00 am           Roundtable Networking Activity

9:00 am – 10:00 am        Dr. Angela Franklin, President, Des Moines University

10:00 am – 10:10 am      Break

10:10 am – 11:10 am      Leisha Barcus, President and CEO of YMCA, Greater Des Moines

11:10 am – 12:00 pm      Period Packing Community Service Project for Give Grace Give Hope


Speaker Info:

Dr. Angela Franklin: Angela L. Walker Franklin, a native of McCormick, South Carolina, is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Furman University. A licensed clinical psychologist, she completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Emory University, followed by a year-long clinical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Franklin, who became Des Moines University’s 15th president in the spring of 2011, has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. Previously, she was executive vice president and provost at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she oversaw academic and administrative departments. She held a professorship in Meharry’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Leisha Barcus: Leisha is the first woman to serve as CEO in Des Moines YMCA’s 150-year history. 2015-2018 Barcus was director of the Comfort Center for Women at Mercy Medical Center, leading the development and launch of the $13 million, 34,000-square-foot medical center focused on the needs of midlife women.

She had previously served as vice president of community engagement for the Science Center of Iowa, where her accomplishments included the development and implementation of strategic plans designed to increase membership and volunteers. Earlier in her career, she was executive director of Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, where she spearheaded a successful $5 million capital campaign and managed the restoration of the 1,200-seat historic theater and public art gallery. She also held leadership positions with Kum & Go L.C., Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the state Department of Economic Development.


Community Service Project: Period packing party for Give Grace Give Hope.

"Give Grace, Give Hope seeks to eliminate the gap between need and access of menstrual product for low income and homeless individuals. We do this by providing menstrual products to homeless shelters, schools, women’s resource centers and other human service organizations." We will be packing period packs that include: 7 – pads, 7 – tampons, 7 – liners, 1 - bar of soap and 1 - positive note of encouragement that will be given to women in need.


Registration Information

Please contact Annie Schlink at the IGIA Office (aschlink@iowagrocers.com) with any questions. RVSP with the registration form by September 28th.