Two things!

Back to reality after a wonderful, friends-and-family filled Thanksgiving in Chicago. We also survived my 10-year reunion, despite leaving my purse/ID in my diaper bag in the suburbs. (I was able to sweet talk the bouncer, or my gray hairs are finally giving me a more mature look.) My brother hooked us up with a hotel room right on State Street and my mom and aunt watched Emmett overnight, so Joe and I enjoyed an evening out and got to sleep in. Blissful.

Now it’s go time for two events I’ve been helping put together: 

TEDxDesMoinesWomen is this Thursday, Dec. 5, and you can still snag tickets here!


I’m always super inspired by the people I meet and hang out with at TEDx events. I hope you can make it. If the ticket cost has you opting out, let me know and I can make sure you can go!

The other event I’ve been working on are free screenings of the documentary “American Promise” on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Fleur. (Facebook event details here.) It was one of those things where three different organizations were interested in bringing this movie to Des Moines and we connected, collaborated and are making it happen.


American Promise is a documentary journey following two African-American boys from kindergarten through high school graduation at one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. The film puts human faces to the unique social and emotional needs of black boys and calls into question commonly held assumptions about education access and what really influences achievement.

Movie Times: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Dec. 9, with panel discussion between the showings

Where: Fleur Cinema & Cafe, 4545 Fleur Dr.

Panel Discussion: A panels discussion featuring education administrators and local youth will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. between screenings.

Cost: No admission fee, thanks to support from the United Way of Central Iowa and donated theater space from Fleur Cinema & Cafe.

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