Creating Connections that Count!
LEAP 2018 Registration Open Now

S eries cost is $250 (Member), $350 (General) and includes all nine (9) monthly workshops listed below, as well as the special half-day leadership summit to be held this fall.  Monthly registration will be $30 (Member) and $40 (General) per workshop.

March 16th, 8:00am-9:30am
Topic: Work & Life Balance
Speaker: Erin Kiernan

April 20th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Topic: Financial Confidence

May 18th, 8:00am-9:30am
Topic: Speaking Up

June 15th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Topic: Pushing Boundaries

July 20th, 8:00am-9:30am
Topic: Tough Decisions

August 17th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Topic: Creating Connections

September 21st, 8:00am-9:30am
Topic: Strategic Planning

October 19th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Topic: Building Consensus

November 16th, 8:00am-9:30am
Topic: Leadership

LEAP Leadership Summit - Date TBA (fall)
Focus: The Power of Her

Scheduling Tip: 
The monthly workshops will be held the 3 rd Friday of each month, 
alternating breakfast and lunch and t aking place at the Holiday Inn Downtown Mercy Campus. 
The half-day summit details will be announced at a later time.

The 2018 LEAP Series is Presented by:

And Supported by:

Thank you also to the many additional sponsors! Visit the Registration Page for a complete list.
Development Tour
"219 East Grand"
Tuesday, March 13th
9:00am - 10:00am
219 East Grand Ave., Des Moines
(Main entryway is located on the southwest side of the building. On E. 2nd Street across from the E. 2nd Street Parking ramp and behind West Elm Furniture.)

Free Event. RSVP Requested.

Downtown Development Tours are a new event to provide opportunities for our members to share what they are doing in the community. This month, Laurie Holeman, joined by Tim Rypma, will take attendees on a tour and discuss 219 East Grand.

Downtown DIG
""One Shell of a House" 
ACE Students & Mentors Reveal Their Project
Thursday, March 15th
8:00am - 9:00am
Hosted at VGI Design
1400 Walnut, Des Moines

The Challenge: 
Design a modular, middle class home that can be expanded, contracted or split during the lifetime of its owners.  The home must be buildable within a range affordable to likely buyers. The site is a typical rural/suburban one and you can assume that there are no complex planning restrictions.

Free Event for Members, $10 for General Public

The Downtown DIG Series is brought to you by:
Gold Sponsors:
MidAmerican Energy Company
City of Des Moines, Office of Economic Development

Member University
Monday, March 19th
9:00am - 10:30am
Hosted at Park Fair Mall
100 E. Euclid, Ste. 107, Des Moines

Bookkeeping - What It Should Be, Anyway
2nd of 2 in series

Discussion and illustration on what to do with best in class financial information (CAT-X) to understand, grow, and compete in business.

Program Speaker is  Thomas Noteboom
President of Pro Business Coaches

This event is free to attend. RSVPs requested.

The Member University series is brought to you by:


State of the City Luncheon
Tuesday, March 20th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Hosted at Curate
322 E Court Ave., Des Moines

Note: The below registration link will take you to the West Side Chamber to register. As a co-hosted event, know that this is correct.

The State of the City Luncheon is brought to you by:


The Downtown Chamber thanks these members for their additional investment in member services, programs, and community involvement.

Platinum Members



Gold Members

All Makes Office Interiors


Principal Charity Classic

Scooter's Coffee

Security National Bank

Chamber Builder Members

ABC Sign and Display


Primary Source

New York Life - Jacob Repp

Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc.


2017 Chamber of the Year Award Finalist

Awarded by the Association for Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)

More details and events found at
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