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 April 2013 Central Iowa Chapter Meeting and Luncheon

Speaker Presentation
4/9/2013 11:00 AM
4/9/2013 1:00 PM
Temple for Performing Arts (Recital Room, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309) |

Topic: Ethics and Social Capitalism

About the Topic:
Communities are only as strong as their leadership. Even the most visionary of plans would not be effectively implemented without the support of equally visionary leadership that can effectively convey the benefits of strategies that may disrupt the status quo or threaten an entrenched constituency. Conversations about community change and "creative disruption" must be civil in tone and attitude so that consensus and coalition-building are not sacrificed by acrimony or distrust. Ensuring that the next generation of leaders is as impactful as the last will require more effective outreach to racial, ethnic, and cultural groups that have yet to assume positions of influence and authority.

Speaker: Barry Griswell, ChIef Executive Officer, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

About the Speaker: Barry Griswell serves as chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, providing strategic direction and shaping the Community Foundation’s role as a civic leader, grantmaker, philanthropic partner and charitable giving vehicle. 

 He joined the Community Foundation in 2008 after a distinguished career with the Principal Financial Group where he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer. Barry has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, including more than 20 years in executive management at the Principal Financial Group. Prior to his association with Principal, Barry had a successful career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, most notably as president and chief executive officer of MetLife Marketing Corporation.  

Active in various industry and community organizations, Barry serves as a board member for National Financial Partners Corp., Herman Miller, Inc. and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC. Barry is also a member of the boards of trustees for Scholarship America and Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is a trustee Emeritus of Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Barry is past chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, Business Committee for the Arts, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Life Underwriting Training Council Board of Trustees, LIMRA International and the United Way of America National Tocqueville Council. He is past president of the Federation of Iowa Insurers. He is a past board member of Americans for the Arts and United Way of America. He remains active in these as well as other leading industry organizations, speaking several times per year at various conferences, symposiums and summits.


RSVP: Jem Gong-Browne at by EOD Thursday, April 4, 2013

Registration begins at 11 AM and the presentation will start at 11:30 AM.

Menu: Mixed Salad with Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Feta & Balsamic Vinaigrette & Bread, Chicken Pot Pie with Veggies, White Gravy & Puff Pastry Crust and Red Velvet Cake Roll with Berries & Kahlua Chantilly

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