Here’s how to grab lunch with top Des Moines leaders

Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Josh Hafner

The Young Professionals Connection’s “Lunch with Leaders” event on Thursday, March 27 will offer a chance to eat and chat with key figures in the region. Think of it like speed dating, but with community sages.

Participants will have a chance to visit over food from Noodle Zoo with three to four leaders who will rotate tables every 15 minutes. Leaders participating include:

Dana McNeill- CoOportunity Health- VP of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Josh Fleming- Meyocks Group-Brand counselor & President of the Iowa AMA
Teree Caldwell-Johnson- Oakridge-CEO & Des Moines School Board Member
Kelly Sharp- Heart of Iowa Marketplace- Owner
Laura Jackson- Wellmark- EVP, Health Care Innovation & Business Development
Sandy Hatfield-Clubb- Drake- Athletic Director
Jeff Russell- Delta Dental- CEO
Todd Beveridge- House of Mercy- Director
Chris Conetzkey- The Business Record- Editor
Mary Mendenhall-Core- Association of Business and Industry-Director of Marketing/Development

The event takes place on March 27 at 11:45 a.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Suite 100 in Des Moines. The catered lunch costs $10, but brown baggers can come for free. Register by Monday the 24th at the Partnership’s site.

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