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Membership Luncheons


Each month the Chamber invites a dynamic speaker to provide timely information, business news or insights, even inspirational stories which resonate with the audience.

Members and guests always have time to network with other members before the program begins and lunch is served.

8 Luncheons since July 2021

668 Attendees

Some Notable Speakers Include

Emily Abbas – SVP, Chief Consumer Banking and Marketing Officer, Bankers Trust

Tej Dhawan  Strategic Initiatives Officer, Principal Financial Group

Debi Durham  Director, Iowa Finance Authority & Iowa Economic Development Authority

Audrey Kennis  Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, City of West Des Moines

Izaah Knox  Executive Director, Urban Dreams

Jamie Pollard – Athletics Director, Iowa State University

Gary Barta – Athletics Director, University of Iowa

And Many More! 


Audrey Kennis – Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, City of West Des Moines

Tej Dhawan – Strategic Initiatives Officer, Principal Financial Group

What Others Have Expressed

“I attended the Inspire 2022 Luncheon on Thursday, January 13. This event was motivating and very impactful! I was encouraged by each of the speakers to be a positive and purposeful agent of change in my workplace and community. ” 

-Lisa Behrends, Director of Development, Meals from the Heartland


“What’s the buzzword today?  NETWORKING!  I love attending the West Des Moines Chambers luncheons for this reason and more.  The speakers are informative, and topics really hit home with what’s effecting businesses today.  Thanks to Katherine and her talented staff for setting up this fun event.” 

-Cynde Cronin, Connectify HR 


“I always enjoy the topics of the monthly
luncheons and learning about our community.  I also love meeting new
chamber members and learning how we can be helpful to one another. 
Another friend – or business partner (or donor in my case) – is only a couple
of seats away!  

-Leslie Garman, CFRE, Director of Development & Outreach for DMARC


Upcoming Luncheons

42 Sales Tips in 42 Minutes

Thursday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

After the last three years of this successful event, you will NOT want to miss the 2022 version IN PERSON. So get registered and get your sales team to this fast-paced, fun sales guide in LIVING COLOR, chock-full of new ideas and reminders of the classics that work sale after sale, year after year.

Panel includes:

Lisa Behrends – Director of Development, Meals from the Heartland

Molly Lopez – Senior Consultant/Business Development Team, Bâton Global 

Jennifer Nelson – Business Development Consultant, The Iowa Clinic

Nataliya Boychenko Stone – Client Executive – Team Lead, Holmes Murphy

Terrence Thames – CEO & Creative Director, Cocoa Creative Agency

Alec Wilcox – Commercial Real Estate Broker, Cushman & Wakefield Iowa Commercial Advisors



Voices of West Des Moines

Thursday, April 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Our themes this year are Progress, Positivity, Possibility, and Perseverance. How can you leverage these themes during your one minute?


Join the WDM Chamber Family at this event where YOU get time on the stage. This is a time that our registrants, for one minute, will have the chance to reflect on the year, say thanks to someone, or highlight a non-profit or company that needs a shout out. The sky’s the limit on what you can spotlight. Perhaps you are starting a business, maybe you are releasing a new product or, maybe you need some help in some way. Share your dream, spread some love and let’s make all our voices heard.




State of the City & Citizen of the Year Luncheon

Thursday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us on June 9th to hear from the West Des Moines Mayor Russ Trimble on an update of the 2021-2022 State of the City.


The WDM Chamber and city of West Des Moines also annually recognize a WDM resident or business professional for Citizen of the Year in addition to honoring an Emerging Citizen of the Year with an award. These honors were created to promote and recognize the people, businesses and civic organizations that make this a great community in which to live, work and raise a family. Join us at the June luncheon to honor these individuals who have made such an impact on our community. 


With More Events Coming Soon!