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Each month, the WDM Chamber extends an invitation to a dynamic speaker who delivers timely information, business news, insightful perspectives, and even inspirational stories that resonate with the audience. Members and guests are encouraged to network with each other before the program begins, and lunch is served during the event.

Notable Speakers

Marc Dummer, CAIA, CIMA® – Managing Director & Client Portfolio Manager for Principal

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

Gary Barta – Director of Athletics, University of Iowa

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 – Director of Athletics, Iowa State University

What Others Have Expressed


I attended the January Luncheon: INSPIRE 2022. 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.

Cynde Cronin

What’s the buzzword today?  NETWORKING! I love attending the West Des Moines Chamber 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



Luncheon Topics

Upcoming Luncheons

We cover a wide range of topics every year to appeal to everyone’s interests. Join us at the next event – we hope to see you there!

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